This round of early voting will run from Nov. 5-12, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Voters can cast their ballot at the Registrar of Voters Office located on the first floor of the Vermilion Parish Courthouse in Abbeville. The office will be closed Sunday, as well as Friday, Nov. 11, for Veteran’s Day.
“I think the people who normally vote will come out and vote this time around,” Vermilion Parish Registrar of Voters Mike Bertrand said.
The ballot will not be as robust as the October election cycle. Only two items will be up for vote in Vermilion Parish. That includes a runoff between Chris Beraud and Allen Lemaire for the District 2 Police Jury seat. A state-wide constitutional amendment will also be decided.
Three precincts will vote for the police jury runoff. Among the trio are Precincts 18, 19A and 25A. Beraud and Lemaire landed in a runoff after receiving the most votes in the four-person race in October. Lemaire received 684 votes (46.03 percent of the 1,486 total votes in the district). Beraud gained 567 votes (38.15 percent). Wilbur “Bubba” Benoit and Alwood Langlinais took home 200 and 35 votes, respectively.
“I think we will have a decent turnout with the police jury election,” Bertrand said.
Nearly 2,300 people took advantage of early voting before the Oct. 22 election day. Bertrand said he feels that people are seeing the advantage in casting a ballot ahead of time.
“People can come in and get it done,” Bertrand said. “That way if something comes up or the already have something planned (on election day), it is already done.”
There will a proposed amendment to the state constitution. It reads, “to prohibit the levy of new taxes or fees upon the sale or transfer of immovable property, including documentary transaction taxes or fees, or any other tax or fee, by the state or any of its political subdivisions after November 30, 2011.”
The proposed amendment pertains to transfer tax on real estate sales, which is a certain percentage of the sale. Louisiana is one of 13 states that does not require a transfer tax. The state legislature voted in July to add the proposed amendment to the Nov. 19 ballot.