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Early votes for the March 20 congressional election totaled 154 votes through early Wednesday, according to Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger.

Early voting began March 6 and runs through Saturday, March 13.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. with early voting taking place in the Registrar of Voters Office in the Concordia Parish Courthouse.

Voters are asked to bring proper identification.

The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is March 16 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through the Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).

The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is March 19 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

Voters will choose a U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District seat vacated by the death of Luke Letlow, who died from complications of COVID-19 Dec. 30. He was set to be sworn in an U.S. representative on Jan. 3.

Letlow’s widow, Julia Letlow, is seeking the office.

Running for representative are Sandra “Candy” Christophe, a Democrat from Alexandria; Chad Conerly, a Republican from Kentwood; “Jim” Davis, no party from Monroe; Allen Guillory, a Lawtell Republican; Robert Lansden, a Ponchatoula Republican; Julia Letlow, a Rayville Republican; Jaycee Magnuson, a Opelousas Republican; Horace Melton III, a Shreveport Republican; M.V. “Vinny” Mendoza, a Ponchatoula Independent; Richard H. Pannell, a Dry Prong Republican; Sancha Smith, a Opelousas Republican; and Errol Victor Sr., a Slidell Republican.

Additionally, voters may request a mail ballot if they are not going to be present during early voting or election day. Voters can get a request form from the Registrar of Voters office or download a form from www.sos.louisiana.gov.

Citizens also can check their registration or register to vote online at www.GeauxVote.com. In order to submit electronically, a Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card must be used.

After registering, voters can download the GeauxVote mobile smartphone app which provides registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots, polling place information and election results. Voters may also utilize the virtual voter assistant, GeauxBot, to access pertinent election information such as registration deadlines, election dates, polling locations and hours. GeauxBot is accessible by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov or by selecting elections and voting on sos.la.gov.

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