Posted: Sep 24, 2010 7:03 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Voters seeking to cast early ballots in the Oct. 2 election for lieutenant governor, judgeships, school board seats and other local races have until Saturday or will have to wait until election day.
Turnout so far has been light, with about 41,000 voters - or less than 2 percent - out of 2.9 million registered voters showing up for early voting, according to data from Secretary of State Jay Dardenne's office.
That's still well above the 26,000 people who early voted in the Aug. 28 congressional party primary elections.
Candidates have urged voters to consider casting their ballots early this year, because the election falls on a Saturday with LSU and other colleges playing home football games and with some hunting seasons under way.
Early voting began Sept. 18. Balloting is at parish registrar of voters' offices, though some parishes also have additional locations. Offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information is available at www.geauxvote.com.
At the top of the ticket is an eight-candidate race for the lieutenant governor's seat, to fill the remaining year of the job left by Mitch Landrieu when he became mayor of New Orleans.
Two constitutional amendments also are on the ballot statewide. One would change the date of legislative sessions, to start them a few weeks earlier each year. The other would make 425 workers in the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness not subject to civil service rules and protections.
In southeast Louisiana, Republican voters will choose their candidate for the 3rd District congressional seat, between former state House Speaker Hunt Downer of Houma and New Iberia lawyer Jeff Landry. The winner will face Democrat Ravi Sangisetty in November.
Other races on the ballot include appellate court positions, district judge races, more than 900 municipal posts and nearly 650 school board seats, according to Dardenne's office.
Runoff elections as needed will be held Nov. 2.