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Tangipahoa turn-out higher in early voting for Nov. 18 election

Tangipahoa turn-out higher in early voting for Nov. 18 election
Posted: Nov 12, 2017
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HAMMOND---Tangipahoa’s early voters bucked statewide trends, turning out in higher numbers for the Nov. 18 general election than they did in the October primary.

As of the close of business Saturday, 3,161 voters in Tangipahoa had cast early ballots toward the Nov. 18 general election. That number represents an increase of 531 over the same early voting period for last month’s primary election.

Election officials agree: The addition of three parishwide tax propositions as well as a tax measure in the city limits of Hammond on the November ballot have enhanced turnout in what would typically be a “quiet” run-off election.

According to representatives with the Tangipahoa Parish Registrar of Voters office, the general election early voting turnout already stands at slightly more than four percent of the total electorate in this parish. While early voting isn’t always an indicator of trends on election day, it does reflect general interest in the ballot. Statewide, for example, early voting is general down compared to those who cast ballots during the “absentee” period in October.

As a result, this parish carried the fifth highest number of early voters in the state during the Nov. 3-11 period. Orleans led the pack with 17,809 early voters, followed by East Baton Rouge (6,837), St. Tammany (6,833), and Jefferson (5,898).

On Saturday, all Tangipahoa voting precincts will be open. Ballot items include a statewide run-off for Louisiana Treasurer between Derrick Edwards and John Schroder, as well as three parishwide tax proposals for the Tangipahoa Parish School System (10 mills for employee salaries; 4 mills for facilities, and 6 mills to eliminate portable classrooms on local school campuses). The ballot also includes a 2 percent occupancy tax for lodging establishments in the Hammond city limits. That tax would be used to fund the city’s separate economic development district (Hammond Area Economic and Industrial Development District).

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday.