More than 10,000 people in Ouachita Parish cast a vote during early voting for the Nov. 6 election, according to the parish registrar.
The Nov. 6 primary election includes races for secretary of state, 5th congressional district, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal, the district court and the local school boards.
Ouachita Parish Registrar of Voters Christa Medaries said 10,599 votes were tallied as of Tuesday afternoon, a few hours before early voting concluded.
That total included in-person votes (9,469), mail-in ballots (1,076), and votes taken at local nursing homes (54).
In comparison to past Ouachita Parish elections, some 3,600 early votes were cast during the primary election in November 2017 while some 22,000 early votes were cast during the presidential election in November 2016, according to Secretary of State records.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the total number of people in Ouachita Parish participating in early voting included 4,831 votes cast by Republican voters; 4,256 votes cast by Democratic voters; and 1,461 votes cast by voters affiliated with “other” parties.
A breakdown of early voting totals according to race showed 7,273 votes cast by white voters, 3,059 votes cast by black voters, and 216 votes cast by voters classified as “other.”
List of races
The candidates campaigning for Secretary of State include interim secretary Kyle Ardoin, Heather Cloud, “Gwen” Collins-Greenup, A.G. Crowe, “Rick” Edmonds, Renee Fontenot Free, Thomas Kennedy III, Matthew “Matt” Moreau, and state Rep. Julie Stokes.
U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham faces three challengers in the 5th Congressional District race: Billy Burkette, Jesse Carlton Fleenor, and Kyle Randol.
Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge James “Jimbo” Stephens is seeking re-election and drew one opponent: Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Sharon Marchman.
Meanwhile, Monroe City Court Judge Aisha Clark and state Rep. Marcus Hunter are each campaigning for the Division G seat at Fourth Judicial District Court.
There are three races for districts at the Ouachita Parish School Board.
Candidates for District B include current board member Scott Robinson and former West Monroe High School principal Shere May.
Candidates for District C include William “Bubba” Miller and Scotty Waggoner.
Candidates for District E include Eric Bowie Sr. and board member John L. Russell.
There are five races for seats on the Monroe City School Board.
For District 1, School Board member Vickie Dayton is seeking re-election and faces one opponent: Rick Saulsberry.
For District 4, School Board member Daryll Berry faces one opponent: Don Hokins.
For District 5, three candidates are campaigning, including Betty Ward Cooper, Karen Gant, and Anna Reed.
For District 6, School Board member Brandon “BJ” Johnson faces three opponents: Tharris Bishop, Verbon Muhammad Sr., and Jesse Smith.
For District 7, School Board member Brenda Shelling faces two opponents: Sharon Neal and Turner Saulsberry.
The ballot also will include several constitutional amendments available for voters’ consideration. The constitutional amendments include prohibiting a felon from public office, unanimous jury for non-capital felonies, permit donations from political subdivisions, transportation trust fund, extending eligibility for tax exemptions, and reappraisal of residential property.
A voters’ guide to the constitutional amendments can be found on Page 4A and at www.ouachitacitizen.com.