Low early voting numbers reported in parish

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 23, 2010

VIDALIA — Early voting numbers are generally considered an indicator of how well turnout for an election will be, and for the Concordia Parish May 1 ballot, things are looking thin.

Early voting has been ongoing since Saturday, but as of Thursday afternoon only 30 ballots had been cast, according to officials at the Concordia Parish Registrar of Voters’ Office.

Of those, 16 were mail-in ballots and 14 were in-person voting.

Early voting will continue today and Saturday at the Registrar of Voter’s office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The only parish-wide measure on the ballot is a 10-year, one-cent sales tax renewal for the Concordia Parish School Board.

The tax will generate an estimated $2,274,000 yearly for various school district expenses.

The second measure on the ballot is a 10-year millage renewal for the area covered by Concordia Fire Protection District No. 2.

The 6.94 mil tax is expected to generate $479,000 yearly for the fire district’s operational expenses.

The last measure on the ballot is for the area covered by the Consolidate Recreation District No. 3, a 41-year millage renewal dedicated to the construction of recreational facilities in the district.

The ballot measure would also allow the district to use the funds generated to pay bonds for the district’s projects.

The 4-mil tax is expected to generate $308,483.28 annually for the district.

A current state-issued ID or other generally recognized photo ID is required for early voting.

Absentee ballots can be received until 4:30 p.m. the day before the election.

Absentee ballots mailed by military personnel and citizens living outside the country can be received until 8 p.m. Election Day.