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Early voting period begins on Tuesday (with ballot breakdown)

Last Modified: Monday, October 22, 2012 12:33 PM

By Doris Maricle / American Press

Early voting for the Nov. 6 election will run Oct. 23-30 at voter registrar offices in Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes.

Voters can cast ballots 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, except Sunday.

Voters older than 65, or those who are disabled, may request a mail ballot from registrars until Nov. 2.

In Calcasieu Parish, voting will be at the parish courthouse, 1000 Ryan St.; West Calcasieu Business Center, 500 N. Huntington St. in Sulphur; and the Moss Bluff Library, 261 Parish Road.

In Cameron Parish, residents can now vote at 148 Smith Circle West Annex, next to the parish courthouse in Cameron.

Voters should bring a driver’s license, a Louisiana special ID, or some other generally recognized picture ID and their voter registration card.

Military voters, college students and others who plan to be out of town on Election Day have until Nov. 2 to request a mail ballot from voter registrars. Ballots must be returned by Nov. 5.

Statewide the ballots include elections for president, congressional races and nine proposed constitutional amendments.

The ballot will also include a statewide local option vote limiting school board members to three consecutive four-year terms. Term limits will become effective only in school districts that favor the proposal.

In Southwest Louisiana, the ballot will include races for mayor and council in Oakdale and Welsh. Mayor races are also scheduled for Simpson and Anacoco, and aldermen races in Fenton and Anacoco.

There will also be police chief elections in Welsh and Merryville.

Special elections are scheduled for a school board member in Oakdale and two aldermen seat in Oberlin. In Cameron Parish, voters will elect a new constable.

There are also local tax propositions for fire protection, courthouse maintenance, waterworks districts, roads and bridges.

Vinton voters will decide on a half-penny sales tax to fund street overlay projects and fire protection.


Parish-By-Parish Ballot Breakdown

Allen Parish

U.S. 4th Congressional District representative: John Fleming (I) and Randall Lord.

District 3 School Board member: Phyllis Johnson; Kenneth W. “Hammer” Miller; Bobby Odom; and Steven Sumbler.

Oakdale mayor: Andrew Hayes (I); John Matte; and Gene Paul.

Oakdale Council District 2: Fredrick “Pos” Douglas and Treva Maricle.

Oakdale Council District 3: Robert Loman (I) and Ervin Willis Sr.

Oberlin Alderman District 3: Linda “Whip” Boulden and Benny R. Manuel.

Oberlin alderman at large: Wayne Courville and Ricky D. Mahaffey.

The Police Jury is seeking voter approval of a 10-year, 4-mill maintenance tax for the parish courthouse and jail. The tax helps cover the costss of maintenance, insurance, utilities and repairs for all parish buildings and offices. It will generate $308,000 a year.

The Police Jury is also seeking continuance of a 10-year, 5.30-mill maintenance tax for roads and bridges in Road District 5 in the Oakdale area. It is a 0.18-mill increase over the current 5.12 mills. It will generate $140,000 a year.

Allen Parish Fire District 6 is seeking voter approval to issue $400,000 in 15-year general obligation bonds. Interest rates on the bonds will be paid off with ad valor-em taxes of about 4 mills. The money will be used to buy communication equipment, two brush trucks, bunker gear, a vehicle for the fire chief and other items for the department, Fire District Board President Richard Earl said. The district serves the rural areas of Ward 5, except those within the city limits of Oakdale and Elizabeth.


Beauregard Parish

U.S. 4th Congressional District representative: John Fleming (I) and Randall Lord.

Merryville police chief: Joey L. Hood and Craig Lanier.


Calcasieu Parish

U.S. 3rd Congressional District representative: Bryan Barrilleaux; Charles W. Boustany Jr.; Jeff Landry; Ron Richard; and Jim Stark.

The Police Jury is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 1.5-mill tax to operate and maintain Burton Coliseum and fund other agricultural and community services. It will generate $2.3 million a year.

Ward 1 Fire Protection District 1 is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 7-mill tax to cover operation costs and to acquire, construct and maintain facilities and equipment. It will generate $399,633 a year.

Ward 4 Fire Protection District 2 is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 8.5-mill operation and maintenance tax. It will generate $1.1 million a year.

Vinton wants to continue a 10-year, half-penny sales tax to fund street overlay projects and the town’s fire department. It generates about $168,611 a year.


Cameron Parish

U.S. 3rd Congressional District representative: Bryan Barrilleaux; Charles W. Boustany Jr.; Jeff Landry; Ron Richard; and Jim Stark.

Ward 4 constable justice of the peace: Eric LeBoeuf and John “Buck” Stephenson.


Jefferson Davis Parish

U.S. 3rd Congressional District representative: Ron Richard; Bryan Barilleaux; Charles W. Boustany Jr.; Jeff Landry; and Jim Stark.

Welsh mayor: Carolyn Louviere (I) and Colby Perry.

Welsh alderman (five to be elected): Allen Ardoin (I); M.J. Doucet; Charles Drake (I); Hugh Fruge; Becky Hudson (I); Robert “Bob” Owens; Marcus S. Prudhomme; and Gloria Viney (I).

Welsh police chief: Tommy Chaisson (I) and Marcus Crochet.

Fenton alderman (three to be elected): Eddie Alfred Sr. (I); “Curtis Red” Dickens; LaToya Johnson; Mary Jones (I); and Clifford Brian Leday.

The Police Jury is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 9.9-mill tax for the Jefferson Davis Central Waterworks District, north of Welsh. The tax, to fund maintenance and operations, will bring in $435,600 a year.


Vernon Parish

U.S. 4th Congressional District representative: John Fleming (I) and Randall Lord.

Anacoco mayor: Keith Lewing and Archie Martin.

Anacoco council members (three to be elected): Chester “C.W.” Dowden; Shane Freeman; LaVerne Miers (I); and Mark Phillips.

Simpson mayor: Donnis Brinkley and Robert “Bob” Green.

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For more information, call the voter registrar in your area: Calcasieu, 437-3572; Beauregard, 463-7955; Cameron, 775-5493; Jeff Davis, 824-0834; and Vernon 239-3690. Online: www.geauxvote.com.



2012 Ballot

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