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Stanga: Early voting turnout is just 4 percent for election

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 | Views: 1602

Stanga: Early voting turnout is just 4 percent for election

AMITE—978 “early” votes have been cast toward Saturday’s primary election to fill a vacancy in House District 86.

Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court Gary Stanga said Monday that the early vote totals represent a measly four percent (almost) of the total votes eligible to participate in Saturday’s election.

The special election, which was called late last year, will fill an unexpired term in House member Chris Broadwater’s District 86 seat. Broadwater announced in mid-December that he is resigning to spend more time with his family.

Vying for the seat are Andy Anderson (R-Amite), Nicholas Muscarello (R-Hammond), Michael Showers (D-Amite), and David Vial (R-Hammond).

The election impacts residents in portions of Hammond, Natalbany, Tickfaw, Independence, Loranger and Husser. In-precinct voting on Saturday is from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

So far, the breakdown of voters indicates a majority-white turnout. 930 of the 978 votes cast were by white voters. Female voters (518) outpaced males (459). By political party, 359 Democrats, 487 Republicans, and 132 voters self-identified as “Other” have cast ballots.

180 of the total votes cast so far have been via mail-in or paper ballot, officials said. The deadline for the Registrar of Voter’s office to receive a voted mail ballot is Feb. 16 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

If needed, a run-off election is set for Saturday, March 24.