Early Voting for the Nov. 18 General Election is underway at the Registrar of Voters Office and initial figures indicate a very strong interest in the race for Winn Parish Sheriff between incumbent Cranford Jordan and challenger Josh McAllister. Over the first three days of Early Voting through Monday, Nov. 6, the total count of 1,213 is up 23% over the 936 for the comparable period in the Primary Election a month ago.
That total is made up of 1,049 walking through the door and another 164 mail-in absentee votes. The October numbers were 801 walk-ins and 133 mail-ins.
Although there are other races on the ballot including the District 3 Police Jury race and runoffs for Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer and BESE Board District 4, none of those drive voters like a sheriff’s race, observers say. Four amendments will also be included on the ballot with the races mentioned above.
Early voting will go on through Saturday, Nov. 11. Registrar of Voters Bryan Kelley said a new one-day in-person voting record was set on opening day Friday when 492 people came to the Registrar’s to cast their ballots. This exceeded the previous record of 407 set a month ago.
The statistical breakdown of the initial three-day turnout is 996 White voters, 212 Black and 5 Other. There were 530 male and 692 female. The turnout was 353 Democrat, 603 Republican and 257 Other.
Voting will take place in the Registrar of Voters Office from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. Voters should come into the courthouse through the Main Street entrance, bringing some photo ID and are reminded that the office will be closed this Friday, Nov. 10, for Veterans Day.
Residents are advised that if they download the GeauxVote app from the Secretary of State’s Office, they will be able to view their sample ballot and monitor results on Election Night. Sample ballots are posted on the wall outside the Registrar of Voters Office.