Saturday is Election Day

By Bonnie Culverhouse

If you failed to vote early, then Saturday, December 10 should be marked on your calendar.

Persons living in Minden City Council districts A and C will vote to retain their incumbents or put in a fresh face.

During the November primary, District A’s Wayne Edwards had 336 votes or 47 percent, while Carlton “Buddy” Myles came away with 297 votes or 41 percent. 

Third place, and therefore out of the runoff was Darrell Morris with 85 votes or 12 percent.

District C voters will be heading back to the polls to choose between incumbent Vincen Bradford and Latasha Anderson Mitchell. Bradford had 279 votes or 46 percent, while Mitchell came away with 153 votes or 25 percent. 

The other two candidates – Javelin Hardy and Maretta Gage – received 100 votes or 16 percent and 79 votes or 13 percent respectively.

In the northern part of the parish, Springhill voters will cast ballots for mayor. In the primary, incumbent mayor Ray Huddleston took 682 votes or 47 percent, while Ronnie Hearnsberger had 494 votes or 34 percent. 

Finishing third, and not in the runoff, was Courtney Allen with 260 votes or 18 percent.

Every voter in the state will have the opportunity to vote on three proposed amendments to the Louisiana State Constitution. The amendments, according to Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) are listed below:

Proposed Amendment No. 1

Act 279 of the 2022 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article I, Section 10 of the Louisiana Constitution.

“Do you support an amendment to provide that no person who is not a citizen of the United States shall be allowed to register and vote in this state?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD

Ban people who aren’t United States citizens from registering to vote or casting ballots in Louisiana elections.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD

Keep current language governing voting rights, which requires a person to be a Louisiana citizen to register to vote or cast ballots in elections.

PROPOSED CHANGE

The amendment would add language to the state constitution requiring people to be citizens of the United States to register to vote and cast a ballot in Louisiana elections.

Proposed Amendment No. 2

Act 281 of the 2022 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article X, Section 3(B)(1) and (C) of the Louisiana Constitution.

“Do you support an amendment to make appointed members of the State Civil Service Commission subject to confirmation by the Louisiana Senate?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD

Require Louisiana Senate confirmation of the governor’s appointees to the State Civil Service Commission.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD

Continue to let the governor appoint members to the State Civil Service Commission without needing confirmation of those choices from the Louisiana Senate.

PROPOSED CHANGE

The amendment would require the state Senate to confirm the six gubernatorial appointees to the commission.

Proposed Amendment No. 3

Act 280 of the 2022 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature proposing to amend Article X, Section 43(C) of the Louisiana Constitution.

“Do you support an amendment to make appointed members of the State Police Commission subject to confirmation by the Louisiana Senate?”

A VOTE FOR WOULD

Require Louisiana Senate confirmation of the governor’s appointees to the State Police Commission.

A VOTE AGAINST WOULD

Continue to let the governor appoint members to the State Police Commission without needing confirmation of those choices from the Louisiana Senate.

PROPOSED CHANGE

The amendment would require the state Senate to confirm the six gubernatorial appointees to the commission.

  • Deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9. (other than military and overseas voters).
  • On election day, the polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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