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(Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

(Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

Early voting starts Saturday (with parish-by-parish ballot)

Last Modified: Thursday, November 22, 2012 8:36 PM

By Doris Maricle / American Press

Early voting for the Dec. 8 election begins Saturday and continues through Dec. 1 in Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes.

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

In Calcasieu Parish, voting will be held 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 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.

The elderly, military and college students may request mail ballots until 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Ballots must be returned by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7, other than military and those overseas. Check with the Registrar of Voters office for details.

In Southwest Louisiana, the ballot will include a runoff election for the newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District seat. Allen Parish will also have runoff elections for a District 3 school board seat and Oakdale mayor.

There are also a number of local tax propositions for recreation, fire protection, courthouse maintenance, schools, drainage and street improvements.

Vernon Parish voters are also being asked to approve an additional homestead exemption for certain disabled veterans and surviving spouses.

Here is a parish-by-parish ballot:


Allen Parish

School Board member District 3: Phyllis Johnson and Steven Sumbler.

Oakdale mayor: Andrew Hayes (incumbent) and Gene Paul.

Recreation District 6 is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 5-mill property tax for maintenance, operation and improvement of recreation facilities in the Reeves area. The tax is expected to generate $54,000 annually.

Fire District 3 is seeking continuance of a 15-year, 13-mill property tax for operation, maintenance and improvement of facilities in the Fairview/Grant area and to fund bonds. The tax is expected to generate $55,000 annually.


Beauregard Parish

The Police Jury is seeking a 15-year, one-quarter percent sales tax for construction, improvement, maintenance and operation of the parish courthouse to include equipment and furnishings and to fund bonds. The tax will generate $1.2 million.

Merryville voters will decide on two separate tax issues for streets and solid waste.

1) A 20-year, 1 percent sales tax for operation, improvement and maintenance of streets. The tax is expected to generate $147,000 annually.

2) A 20-year, 1 percent sales tax to pay the cost of solid waste services, including collection fees and operation and maintenance. The tax is expected to generate $147,000 annually.


Calcasieu Parish

Runoff  election for the 3rd Congressional District seat between Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry.


Cameron Parish

Runoff  election for the 3rd Congressional District seat between Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry.


Jeff Davis Parish

Runoff  election for the 3rd Congressional District seat between Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry.

Voters in Jennings are being asked to renew and rededicate a 25-year, 1 percent sales tax of which $500,000 annually will pay off the debt for sewage collection and disposal facilities. Additional funds will be used to construct, improve and maintain streets, garbage, parks, fire and police departments, public buildings, drainage, heavy equipment purchases, jail operations, police pension payments, economic development, sewage collection and disposal facilities and waterworks facilities, including payment of debt, employee salaries and to fund bonds. Collection of the taxes is estimated at $2.4 million annually.

Lake Arthur voters will decide on three separate tax renewals for recreation, streets and drainage.

1) Voters will decide on the continuation of a 10-year, 2.84 mill tax for recreation. The tax will be used for maintaining, operating and improving recreational facilities and parks in the town. The measure represents a .34 mill increase over the 2.5 mills currently levied. It would bring in $24,600 annually.

   2) Voters are also being asked to renew a 10-year, 5.51 mills tax for the maintenance and upkeep of streets and alleys. The tax is expected to generate $47,800 annually.

   3) Voters will also be asked to renew a separate 10-year, 5.51 mills tax for the maintenance and upkeep of the town’s drainage system and drainage ditches. The measure would bring in $47,800 annually.


Vernon Parish

The Police Jury is seeking voter approval to authorize an additional homestead exemption for certain disabled veterans and surviving spouses in accordance with the Louisiana Constitution.

The School Board is seeking maintenance tax continuations for four school districts:

1) Pickering School District 142, Ward 4 — 10 years, 14.14 mills for operation and maintenance of school. The tax will generate $190,000 annually.

2) Ward 5 School District 144, Ward 5 — 10 years, 18.65 mills for operation and maintenance of school. The tax will generate $327,000 annually.

3) Ward 6 School District 161, Ward 6 — 10 years, 12.68 mills for operation and maintenance of school. The tax will generate $44,000 annually.

4) Ward 8 School District 151, Ward 8 — 10 years, 14 mills for operation and maintenance of school. The tax will generate $34,000 annually.

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