Voting is the civic right and duty of the American people across the country, and with voting polls open tomorrow, it’s important to make sure you get out and vote.
Polls open at 7 a.m. for SATURDAY elections. Polls close at 8 p.m. All voters in line at 8 p.m. have the right to vote.
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Be prepared to show a photo identification card with your photo and signature or a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture when voting. If you do not have a photo ID, you may obtain a free Louisiana special identification card by presenting your voter registration information card to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) or you may vote by affidavit after correctly answering identifying information before voting.
On the ballot in Winn Parish:
Constitutional Amendment #1: Consolidating sales tax collections
This amendment takes another step toward shifting control of local government sales tax collections from local government entities to a state government entity.
Currently, local governments — everyone from sheriffs to school boards depending on where a person lives — are in charge of collecting local sales taxes, while the state collects state and online sales taxes. In most other states, all sales tax collections are centralized, which is far easier on retail businesses.
This amendment would set up a central state commission to determine how to shift local sales tax collection to the state level and to develop a new audit process.
Constitutional Amendment #2: Income tax changes
This amendment would lower income tax rates in exchange for lifting state income tax deductions. It would also reduce the state’s corporate franchise tax and possibly set up the state for further individual and business tax cuts in the future.
Constitutional Amendment #3: Levee district taxes
Taxes in five levee districts in the state could potentially rise if this amendment passes — but only if it gets approved statewide and in those individual levee districts.
The affected levee districts are: Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority; Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane and Conservation District; Squirrel Run Levee and Drainage District; St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District and Tangipahoa Levee District.
All levee boards created before 2006 can already levy up to 5 mills in property tax to support flood protection. These five levee districts were created after 2006, and do not currently have tax-increase authority.
Constitutional Amendment #4: Elected officials get more access to funds
During a state budget downturn, the governor and legislative leaders can shift up to 5 percent of the money found in dedicated state funds to help cover a financial shortfall elsewhere. This amendment would allow state elected officials to draw down as much as 10 percent of each fund during a financial crisis.
There are hundreds of such funds and they support a variety of state functions, from education initiatives to hunting and fishing enforcement. But they aren’t supposed to be used for purposes other than the ones to which they are dedicated. The amendment would allow more of their money to be shifted to other priorities during tough times.
But by freeing up more money, Louisiana may be able to avoid such heavy cuts to health care services and higher education during budget crises. Over the past several years, these two functions have had to absorb most of the state government reductions because the governor and lawmakers had little other money available to them for cutting. This could help alleviate that problem.
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