As early voting begins Saturday for the Oct. 24 election, area voters will have a lot more decisions to make than who they want to be governor for the next four years.
Also on the ballot are six other statewide offices, including lieutenant governor and attorney general, plus four constitutional amendments, members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and a flock of legislative seats.
Voters in each parish also will be deciding on various issues and races specific to their parish.
Early voting runs Saturday and Monday through Oct. 17 at one or more sites in each parish. Polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In New Orleans, voters in 43 of the city’s 351 precincts will be choosing an Orleans Parish School Board member from District 1. In addition, voters in the French Quarter only will decide on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to pay for additional public safety measures, including a long-term contingent of State Police.
In Jefferson Parish, there are contests for parish president, sheriff and four Parish Council seats. On the West Bank, voters in the Esprit at Stonebridge subdivision in Harvey will decide on renewing an annual fee to pay for enhanced security.
St. Tammany Parish voters will cast ballots for parish president, assessor, clerk of court, a justice of the peace and nine Parish Council seats.
In St. Bernard Parish, races for parish president, clerk of court and seven Parish Council seats are on the ballot.
The Plaquemines Parish ballot is a long one, with races for sheriff, assessor, coroner, clerk of court, a School Board member and a justice of the peace up for decision, along with a half-cent sales tax for public schools.
St. Charles Parish voters will be voting for parish president, clerk of court, a justice of the peace and eight Parish Council seats.
In St. John the Baptist Parish, the ballot lists contests for parish president, sheriff, assessor, a justice of the peace and eight Parish Council seats.
Runoffs, where necessary, will be Nov. 21.
Early ballots in Orleans can be cast in Room 1W23 at City Hall, 1300 Perdido St.; Room 105 at the Algiers Courthouse, 225 Morgan St.; the Voting Machine Warehouse, 8870 Chef Menteur Highway; and the Lake Vista Community Center, 6500 Spanish Fort Blvd. The latter two sites may not be open every day; call (504) 658-8300 to check.
There are four early voting locations in Jefferson Parish: Suite 502 at the Joseph Yenni Building, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan; Suite C-2 at the Charles Odom Building, 5001 West Bank Expressway, Marrero; 408 Minor St., Kenner; and the Grand Isle Community Center, 3811 La. 1. Call (504) 349-5690 to learn when the Grand Isle site will be open.
St. Tammany Parish’s voting locations are: the St. Tammany Justice Center Parking Garage, 601 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington; the fourth floor of the Towers Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail, Slidell; and the parish Administrative Complex, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville. Call (985) 809-5500 to check on when the Administrative Complex will be open.
The lone early voting site in St. Bernard Parish is Room 104 at the Government Building, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.
Plaquemines Parish voters may cast ballots at the Government Building, 28028 La. 23, Port Sulphur; the Belle Chasse Library, 8442 La. 23; and the Rev. Percy Griffin Community Center, 15577 La. 39, Davant. Call (504) 934-3620 for information on hours at the latter two sites.
St. Charles Parish’s two voting sites are Room 189 at the Parish Courthouse, 15045 River Road, Hahnville; and the Artebury Building, 14564 River Road, New Sarpy. Call (985) 783-5120 to learn when the latter site will be open.
St. John the Baptist Parish’s early voters can go to Room 112 at 1801 W. Airline Highway, LaPlace, or to the courthouse at 2393 La. 18, Edgard.
More information on candidates and voting procedures is available at the secretary of state’s website, geauxvote.com.