Early voters show high interest

Published 12:22 am Friday, October 19, 2007

Some local elections don’t garner 9 percent of the registered voting population.

But in Concordia Parish, this time around, 9 percent has already voted and Election Day is still a day away.

The high turnout — more than 1,100 voters — for last week’s early voting bodes well for vote counts Saturday, and says that the residents of the parish have a high interest in the races on the ballot.

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Registrar Golda Ensminger said the turnout so far has been nearly double the average early voting turnout.

The repeat match-up of Glenn Lipsey and Randy Maxwell for parish sheriff has a lot of eyes on the parish and is surely responsible for encouraging voting. But other local races of interest are also on the ballot including police juror, clerk of courts and several state congress races.

For the remaining 91 percent of the voters, polls open 6 a.m. Saturday and close at 8 p.m.

Those who didn’t get their vote in early need to be sure to stop by the appropriate polling place Saturday.

High-interest or not, the only way to get your man or woman into office is to vote. Nine percent may have voted, but the election isn’t over yet.

May the best candidate win.