Voters heading to the polls Saturday in the New Orleans region will cast ballots in a number of high-profile contests, including the crowded race for New Orleans mayor, seven City Council seats, a Jefferson Parish Council contest and the state treasurer's race.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. in all parishes.
Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal District Court Arthur Morrell said he expects about a third of the city's registered voters to cast ballots.
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"We're expecting a good turnout because there's so many candidates in the race and, in the last week or two, they've really been out there campaigning," Morrell said Friday. "The excitement is there, and the day is going to be beautiful. There's no reason for not getting out there and voting."
The race to succeed term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu almost certainly will go to a Nov. 18 runoff, with polls showing support split mainly among three candidates: Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former judges Desiree Charbonnet and Michael Bagneris.
Orleans Parish voters also will decide races for seats in both Orleans Parish Civil District Court and the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, plus three propositions to renew property taxes that fund public schools in New Orleans.
Voters also will choose between the incumbent coroner, Jeffrey Rouse, and his lone challenger, Dwight McKenna. Rouse suspended his campaign but after the deadline for withdrawing from the race, meaning the contest will still appear on the ballot and votes for him will count.
About 6 percent of Orleans Parish voters — 15,628 people — cast ballots during early voting last week.
In Jefferson Parish, the ballot includes the hotly contested Parish Council race between Dominick Impastato and Danny Martiny for a seat that covers most of Kenner and part of Metairie. Voters in Jefferson also will decide whether to renew two property taxes for public transportation, while Harahan residents will vote on whether to approve a new property tax for sewer service.
In St. Tammany Parish, voters will cast ballots on a state representative and a Parish Council seat both representing areas in and around Covington. The ballot there also includes two judicial races and millage renewals for four fire protection districts.
A school district millage is on the ballot in St. John the Baptist Parish.
The state treasurer's contest will fill the office previously held by John Kennedy, now a U.S. senator.
Voters statewide also will decide on propositions dealing with property taxes, homestead exemptions and the dedication of future gas taxes into a construction fund.
"We anticipate turnout on Saturday, unfortunately, to be very low based on historical data and early voting statistics," Secretary of State Tom Schedler said.
He expects about 15 percent of voters — less than a half million of the 2.7 million registered — to go to the polls statewide.