Just over five percent of the parish’s registered voters have already cast their ballots for Fifth District Congressional runoff election.
Morehouse Parish Registrar of Voter Sandra Thomas says, sadly, that only about that same number will go to the polls Saturday to vote in the election.
“We’ve learned that early voting is no longer indicative of what voter turnout will be,” Thomas said Thursday. “While we had a good early turnout, I’m still saying 10 or maybe 15 percent of the total number of voters will go to the polls.”
With mail-in ballots still coming into her office, Thomas said Thursday that 1,030 of the 19,568 registered voters in the parish cast early ballots.
Saturday’s election pits two Republican candidates seeking to replace former congressman Rodney Alexander, who stepped down Sept. 27, less than a year after he overwhelmingly won a sixth term. Neil Riser, a two-term state senator from Columbia, and Monroe businessman Vance McAllister were the top vote getters in a field of 14 candidates in a district that covers all or part of 13 parishes. In the Oct. 19 general election, Riser received 32 percent of the total votes cast throughout the district, with McAllister finishing second at 18 percent.
Neither of the top candidates finished first in Morehouse Parish. Bastrop native Jamie Mayo, now serving his fourth term as mayor of Monroe, took 34 percent of the vote, with Riser and McAllister taking 29 and 26 percent, respectively. Just over 22 percent of voters registered in the parish cast ballots in the general election.
Voting in the 55 precincts in Morehouse Parish runs Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.