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On the Ballot: Presidential preference primary and local elections

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Posted at 2:57 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 15:57:58-04

Along with voting for their choice of candidate for president in Saturday's Presidential Preference Primary, a few parishes in Acadiana will be selecting other choices in local elections.

On July 11, election day will be held in Louisiana. Only registered Democrats and Republicans will be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary but several parishes will be casting their vote in other local elections. To find out what is on your ballot click here.

The presidential primaries will be on ballots in every parish along with races for party representatives in some parishes.

Below is a list of those other elections that do not include the preference primary.

Evangeline parish

City Marshal -- City Court, City of Ville Platte
Lisa T. Doucet (DEM)
Brian Keith Fontenot (DEM)
Horace Johnson (NOPTY)
Lucian McKinney, Jr. (DEM)
Adam Toussaint (DEM)

City of Ville Platte -- 4.0 Mills Renewal - BOA - 10 Yrs.
Shall City of Ville Platte, State of Louisiana (the "City"), be authorized to renew the levy of a 4.0 mills tax on all the property subject to taxation in the City (an estimated $159,180 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2024 and ending with the year 2033, for the purpose of the maintenance and operation of the City's police department and fire department, including the acquisition of necessary equipment, and to pay salaries, benefits and related expenses?
YES
NO

Prairie Mamou Gravity Drainage Dist. No. 8 -- 3.5 Mills Renewal - BOC - 10 Yrs.
Shall Prairie Mamou Gravity Drainage District No. 8 of Evangeline Parish, Louisiana (the "District"), continue to levy a special tax of 3.5 mills on all property subject to taxation in said District (an estimated $6,364.00 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2022 and ending with the year 2031, for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining or operating drainage works within and for the District?
YES
NO

St Landry Parish

Town of Grand Coteau -- 15.00 Mills - M&BOA - 10 Yrs.
Shall the Town of Grand Coteau, State of Louisiana (the "Town"), levy a fifteen (15.00) mills tax on all the property subject to taxation in the Town for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2020 and ending with the year 2029 (an estimated $82,432.65 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), for the purpose of acquiring, construction, improving, maintaining and operating fire protection and equipment?
YES
NO

St. Martin Parish

Councilmen -- Town of Henderson
(5 to be elected)

Juanita Latiolais "Nita" Berard (DEM)
Judy Broussard (IND)
William "Bill" LeGrand (IND)
Jody Meche (IND)
Mavis C. "Bub" Melancon (REP)
William White (REP)

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Voters can find their polling location and sample ballot by downloading the GeauxVote Mobile app for smartphones or by visiting www.GeauxVote.com. Voters can sign up for text alerts via GeauxVote Mobile. An ID is required to vote (Louisiana driver's license, Louisiana Special ID card, a generally recognized picture identification card with name and signature such as a passport or a digital license via LA Wallet). Voters without an ID will be required to fill out an affidavit, but will be allowed to vote. Election results can be viewed in real-time via GeauxVote Mobile or at www.sos.la.gov.

Due to COVID-19, some polling places located at nursing homes, senior centers, or other senior-related locations have been moved in accordance with the Secretary of State's Emergency Election Plan. Parish registrars of voters have also notified affected voters by mail with their polling relocations. Parishes with polling location changes include Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Catahoula, Jefferson, Madison, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, St. James, St. Mary, St. Tammany and Washington. The list of polling location changes can be viewed on the Secretary of State website here.

Additional precautions are being taken in light of COVID-19, and polling commissioners will be supplied with personal protective equipment and will regularly sanitize designated areas and wipe down voting machines, Ardoin stated. Hand sanitizer will be provided to voters and masks are recommended, although not required.

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