Despite the two-day break in early voting caused by the Thanksgiving holiday this year, 180 more people stopped by the Morehouse Parish Registrar of Voter's office to cast a ballot for the Dec. 6 general election than early voted in the Nov. 4 primary. According to the Registrar of Voter's office, 1863 citizens voted early in-person for the Nov. 4 election compared to 2,043 for the Dec. 6 general election.
According to Registrar Sandra Sims, 290 mail-in ballots have also been received and mail ballots will continue to be accepted until Friday.
Sims said while there is typically a push to register individuals to vote prior to election day, it has been her experience that the majority of the citizens who actually get out and vote are regular voters.
The demographics of early voting break down as follows: of 2,333 total early voters, 1026 were male and 1,307 were female; 1,493 early voters were white, 824 were African American and 16 were "other;" 1177 Democrats cast their ballot early while 908 Republicans and 248 "others" did so.
On Dec. 6, voting hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Secretary of State's mobile Geaux Vote app can be used to locate polling places and mark a digital sample ballot. In the Friday, Dec. 5 edition, the Enterprise will also publish a sample ballot to take to the polls.
Items on the ballot include the races for U.S. Senator and the 5th Congressional District Representative as well as the Morehouse Parishwide Proposition for a sales tax renewal that will continue funding garbage collection. The village of Bonita also has five propositions on the ballot pertaining to the sale of beverages of alcoholic content.
After this election, the next primary election will take place on March 28, 2015 with a qualifying period of February 4 to 6.
According to the Secretary of State's office, a special election will need to take place in 2015 for the position of Alderman in the Village of Bonita. The term of Alderman Ezekiel "Pete" Anderson Jr. ends on January 1.
"Pursuant to R.S. 18:602, the governing authority shall call a special election and make an appointment for the new term within 20 days after the office actually becomes vacant on or before January 20, 2015 for the new term," the Secretary of State's office said in a Nov. 18 letter provided to the Registrar. "The next scheduled election is March 28, 2015, primary, and May 2, 2015, general, with qualifying dates of February 4, 5 and 6, 2015. The deadline to get a special election on the March 28, 2015 ballot is January 7, 2015."