Also tax propositions
With two Congressional and two school board races, a special Secretary of State election, five propositions and six constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot, voters are asked to come to the polls prepared to pull the lever.
St. Charles Parish Registrar of Voters Brian Champagne said the expected turnout for the election is 12 to 18 percent of the parish’s voters.
In local races, voters will decide the District 2 school board seat with incumbent Melinda Bernard and newcomer Barbara Fuselier, both Republicans. In the District 4 race, they will vote on incumbent C.H. “Sonny” Savoie, a Democrat, and opponent Nicole Dufrene, a Republican.
Champagne advised voters to check precinct maps on the Office of Registrars website to verify where they will vote.
Early voting will held at the Registrar of Voters office at 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 27); Monday (Oct. 29) and Tuesday (Oct. 30). Locations are the St. Charles Parish Courthouse, 15045 River Road, Hahnville, and Arterbury Building, 14564 River Road, New Sarpy.
On election day, polling locations will open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On propositions on the ballot, voters will see:
- Proposition 1: The parish road tax renewal of 5.90 mills expected to raise $7.4 million a year for 10 years (2020 to 2029).
- Proposition 2: The parish health unit tax renewal of .61 mills, also for 10 years, expected to generate $774,000 a year beginning 2020 for public health unit facilities in St. Charles Parish.
- Proposition 3: A new 0.8-mill tax expected to raise $1 million a year for 10 years (2019 to 2028) for elderly programs operated through the Council on Aging.
- Proposition 4: Renewal of the parish’s fire protection tax of 1.58 mills expected to generate $2 million a year for 10 years (2020 to 2029).
Statewide, a special election will be held to replace the secretary of state position vacated by Tom Schedler. All candidates are newcomers with Kyle Ardoin, Heather Cloud, A.G. Crowe, Rick Edmonds, Thomas J. Kennedy III and Julie Stokes, all Republicans; Gwen Collens-Greenup and Renee Fontenot Free, both Democrats, and Matthew Paul “Matt” Moreau, who listed no party.
Voters will also decide two congressional elections.
In the second Congressional district, candidates include Cedric Richmond, a Democrat; Belden “Noonie Man” Batiste, an independent; and Shawndra Rodriguez and Jesse Schmidt, both with no party listed.
In the sixth Congressional District, candidates include: incumbent Garret Graves, a Republican; Justin Dewitt and Andie Saizan, both Democrats, and Devin Lance Graham, an independent.
Six constitutional amendments also will be on the ballot:
- Amendment 4: Would remove authority to use monies in the Transportation Trust Fund by the State Police for traffic control.
- Amendment 5: Would extend eligibility on property tax breaks for disabled veterans, surviving spouses of a veterans who died in active duty and law enforcement or fire protection officers.
- Amendment 6: Would require phasing in a residential property tax increase of more than 50 percent over four years and also not allow additional reappraisal during that time.
- Proposition 6: Would allow Fantasy sports in St. Charles Parish.
For more information, visit http://www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/government/governmental-agencies-and-officials/registrar-of-voters or call (985) 783-5120.