Early voting for the Oct. 14 primary election opens Saturday.
Parish wide, Vernon voters will pick a judge, decide on a police jury tax, choose among candidates for state treasurer and decide yes or no on three proposed constitutional amendments.
Voting at Registrar of Voters Tina Cooley’s office at 301 East Courthouse St. opens at 8:30 a.m. and will close at 6 p.m. Those hours will be the same until and through Saturday, Oct. 7, with the exception of Sunday, Oct. 1, when the office will be closed.
Voters taking advantage of the early balloting period should have with them a photo identification, such as driver’s license, state ID card, etc. Absent that, they can fill out an affidavit.
In additional to the parish-wide decisions, Rosepine voters will pick a member of the board of aldermen.
In the judicial contest, Tony Bennet, an Independent, and Lisa Nelson, a Republican, are campaigning to fill Judge Vernon Clark’s unexpired term. Clark is retiring from the 30th Judicial District Division “A” bench at the end of December.
The Police Jury is asking voters to approve re-dedication of a tax to fund maintenance and repairs of parish-owned buildings and facilities. The renewal would be for 15 years. First-year revenue is estimated at $1.55 million.
This is the same levy that financed bonds for the parish library facilities on La. 8 West, then, when re-dedicated, for the new Sheriff’s Office/jail.
The treasurer’s contest has seven candidates trying to succeed John Kennedy, who left the post in January after being elected to the U.S. Senate.
Treasurer candidates are Ron Caesar, Independent; Angele Davis, Republican; Derrick Edwards, Democrat; Terry Hughes, Republican; Joseph Little, Libertarian; Neil Riser, Republican; and John Schroder.
The most-likely outcome is a run-off election between the top two vote getters. That would be Nov. 18.
Amendment No. 1 would exempt properties under construction from property taxes until completion.
Amendment No. 2 would create a property tax exemption for surviving spouses of emergency responders killed performing duties.
Amendment No. 3 would dedicate revenue from any future new fuel taxes to a “construction subfund” within the state Transportation Trust Fund. Such revenue could not be used for state employee benefits or wages.
In Rosepine, James “Jimmy” Cryer, a Democrat, and Damon Johnson, Republican, are candidates for the post now held by Johnson on an interim appointment.