Early voting in parish up from four years ago

Published 1:52 am Sunday, October 30, 2016


VIDALIA — Early voting in Concordia Parish is trending up by an average of approximately 68 people per day compared to four years ago.

Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger said as of Friday evening, with three early voting days remaining, 1,130 people had cast early votes. Ensminger said Friday was the busiest day with 321 people voting.

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Four years ago, Ensminger said approximately 1,500 people voted early during the 7-day period, or an average of approximately 214 per day.

Compared to this year, an average 282.5 people are voting per day, Tuesday through Friday.

Early voting began in the parish on October 25 and continues Monday and Tuesday.

Residents may vote at the Concordia Parish Registrar of Voter’s office, located at 4001 Carter St., Suite K.

Voters do not need a reason to vote early. Residents must present a valid photo ID.

Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Connie Adair, running for Ridgecrest alderman, will be elected without an opponent to fill the vacant seat on the board.

Other local races on the ballot include:

  • For Vidalia municipal judge, independent Stuart Boykin and Republic Scott McLemore;
  • For Vidalia municipal court’s city marshal, independents Jim Boren and Bruce Wiley and Democrat Frank Duson;
  • For justice of the peace in District 1, Democrats Elijah “Stepper” Banks and Justin Conner and Republican Benja Fussell.

Other races on the ballot include justices for the Third Court of Appeal in divisions B and C; associate justice to the Louisiana Supreme Court for the fourth district; the U.S. Fifth Congressional District; U.S. Senate; and U.S. President.

The ballot for presidential candidate will include Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Green Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson.