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Early voting begins this Friday

Voters in Washington Parish will be able to let their voices be heard later this week, as the state of Louisiana officially opens early voting Friday.

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16, through Tuesday, Oct. 27 (excluding Sundays), from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting locations in Washington Parish are the Northshore Technical Community College’s campus on Sullivan Drive in Bogalusa, and the Washington Parish Courthouse in Franklinton.

Voters may be asked to identified themselves with either a photo ID or a signature on a voter affidavit. Voters may use a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special identification card, a United States military identification card that contains the applicant’s name and picture or other generally recognized picture identification card that has a name and signature.

Citizens can check their registration at www.GeauxVote.com.

The Nov. 3 ballot is a full one. In addition the race for U.S. president, there will be contests in a variety of other state and local races.

Not all citizens will be eligible to vote in all races listed. Some races will only show up on a voter’s ballot, based on residency.

The races on Washington Parish ballots this year include:

  • U.S. president — Joseph R. Biden, Democratic Party; Jo Jorgenson, Libertarian Party; Donald J. Trump, Republican Party; Brian Carroll, American Solidarity Party; Jade Simmons, Becoming One Nation; President R. Boddie, C.U.P.; Don Blankenship, Constitution Party; Brock Pierce, Freedom and Prosperity; Tom Hoefling, Life, Liberty, Constitution; Gloria La Riva, Socialism and Liberation; Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party; Kanye West, The Birthday Party; Bill Hammons, Unity Party America.
  • U.S. Senator — Beryl Billiot, No Party; John Paul Bourgeois, No Party; “Bill” Cassidy, Republican; Reno Jean Daret III, No Party; Derrick “Champ” Edwards, Democrat; “Xan” John, Other; David Drew Knight, Democrat; M.V. “Vinny” Mendoza, Independent; Jamar Montgomery, No Party; Dustin Murphy, Republican; Adrian Perkins, Democrat; Antoine Pierce, Democrat; Melinda Mary Price, Other; Aaron C. Sigler, Libertarian; Peter Wenstrup, Democrat.
  • U.S. Representative, 5th Congressional District — Sandra “Candy” Christophe, Democrat; Allen Guillory Sr., Republican; Lance Harris, Republican; “Matt” Hasty, Republican; Jesse P. Lagarde, Democrat; Martin Lemelle Jr., Democrat; Luke J. Letlow, Republican; “Scotty” Robinson, Republican; Phillip Snowden, Democrat.
  • Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 1 — William Boartfield Jr., Green; Allen H. Borne Jr., Democrat; “Big John” Mason, Republican; Kevin Pearson, Republican; Richard “Richie” Sanderson II, Republican; John F. Schwegmann, No Party; Eric Skrmetta, Republican.
  • District Attorney, 22nd Judicial District Court — Warren Montgomery, Republican; Vincent Wynne, Republican.
  • District Judge, 22nd Judicial District Court, Division J — Ellen M. Creel, Republican; Richard Ducote, Republican.
  • City Judge, City Court, City of Bogalusa — Robert J. Black, Republican; David Merlin Duke, Republican.
  • Constable, Justice of the Peace, Ward 1 — Jerry W. Fruge Jr., Republican; Lynnette Sharp, Republican.
  • Constable, Justice of the Peace, Ward 6 — Donald Mizell, Republican; Mark Richard, Republican.
  • Mayor, Town of Franklinton — John L. Daniel, Democrat; “Greg” Route, Democrat.
  • Alderman, Town of Franklinton (vote for five) — Esco E. Burton I, Democrat; T.J. Butler Jr., Democrat; Patrice Crain, Democrat; Frankie Crosby Sr., Democrat; Seth Descant, Republican; Richard D. Dillon, Democrat; Jeamie F. “J” McCullen, Democrat; “Blake” Orman, Democrat; Darwin Sharp, Republican; Heath Spears, Republican.
  • Alderman, Village of Angie (vote for three) — Garnet M. Fornea, Independent; Olivia B. Hartzog, Independent; Darryl Knight, Independent; “Kort” Pittman, Republican.

All voters will give their opinions on six constitutional amendments, and a proposition to authorize sports wagering in Washington Parish. Some parish voters will also vote on a bond proposition for Fire Protection District No. 8.