St. Charles Herald-Guide

Early voting spikes interest in election

Our View - October 21, 2011

Voters in Louisiana and St. Charles Parish will decide Saturday who runs their governments for the next four years. Campaigns for the different offices have been active, to say the least, and of different calibers.

Campaigns for state offices got down and dirty in many cases. At the parish level, they were mostly clean and upright, which speaks well for St. Charles.

Some 2600 voters cast their ballots before election day in St. Charles, more than in the last election in 2007 and much more than in the old days when almost all voters waited until election day before voting. Much of that was due to good planning by the office of Registrar of Voters Brian Champagne which should result in a bigger overall turnout.

The early voting helps stir up the electorate by making them think about who to vote for ahead of time even though they wait until the last minute to vote. And by encouraging people to think ahead, it helps them make the right decision.

The candidates we elect will help determine how our state and parish are run during the next four years. What they said during the campaign will no longer count. It will be what they do to make us better in the future.

We are impressed with the caliber of most of the candidates and look forward to good administrations ahead. But first we must complete the preliminaries by voting Saturday - - if you havenít done so already.