Election Saturday nears for St. John

Published 12:16 am Wednesday, October 21, 2015

LAPLACE —Election Day is Saturday, and statewide voting is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at all polling locations across Louisiana.

In St. John the Baptist Parish, there are 39 locations.

Rita Jarrow, St. John the Baptist Parish Registrar of Voters, said residents must bring photo identification to the polls and be aware there is no campaigning near the polls.

“We have a 600 foot space where there is no politicking — no solicitation, no pamphlets, no T-shirts, no nothing,” Jarrow said.

Voters who see anyone breaking the no-campaign rule are asked to report the incident to the commissioner in charge of the location.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting election as there are 18 races specific to St. John Parish. Outside of parish president, St. John voters will weigh in on assessor, sheriff, all council seats, two state Senate seats, three state Representative seats and two BESE seats.

Statewide elections include races for Governor, Lt. Governor, Louisiana Secretary of State, Louisiana Attorney General, Louisiana Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry and Commissioner of Insurance.

During early voting, which took place Oct. 10-17, more than 4,000 people voted in St. John the Baptist Parish.

“That’s heavy, it’s a lot,” Jarrow said. “When we have more candidates, the turn out is much greater.”

St. John voters unsure of where their correct polling location can find the proper poll online at stjohnclerk.org, then by clicking on the “elections” tab on the left hand menu. From there, residents can click on the tab that says “poll locations.”

If still unsure of where to vote, residents are encouraged to log onto geauxvote.com for more information.

Election supervisor for the Clerk of Court Janet Kavahaugh said parish officials are expecting 20 percent of the population to vote this election cycle.

As of Oct. 4, Jarrow said that there are 29,236 residents registered to vote in St. John the Baptist Parish.

She encourages everyone in the parish to vote on Saturday.

“These races are so important,” Jarrow said. “We have so many races statewide and locally that are going to effect people. I believe everybody needs to come out. If you don’t vote, then you don’t have a voice. If you don’t come out, cast your vote and use your rights, then there is no need for you to complain.”

According to the Clerk of Courts office, 9,188 people voted in St. John during the 2011 gubernatorial election.

— By Raquel Derganz Baker