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Early voting for Dec. 6 election kicks off Saturday

by Minden Press-Herald

Early voting begins Saturday, Nov. 22 and ends Saturday, Nov. 29, for the Dec. 6 runoff.

The Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Office will be closed Sunday, Nov. 23, Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving. On the days the office is open, voting can take place between 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m.

“I want to remind voters we will be closed Nov. 27 and 28, for Thanksgiving,” Melanie Smith, Registrar of Voters said. “Our office will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 29 for the last day of early voting.”

Smith will be in Springhill at the civic center, 101 Machen Dr., from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, and Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said voter turnout reached approximately 50 percent statewide, and while he feels the number could be better, he was pleased with the turnout.

“We saw a strong turnout of registered Louisiana voters for (Nov. 4) Congressional Primary Election which is always encouraging,” Schedler said. “I am pleased that so many citizens made an effort to vote and hope that they will do the same next month.”

On the ballot for the Dec. 6 runoffs are the Minden mayor’s race, where incumbent Tommy Davis and challenger Chad Odom will face off for the final time to see who will take the city’s top spot.

For city marshal, incumbent Jack R. “Randy” Shelley will face off against Dustin W. Reynolds.

In Springhill, Adam Harris and Gary Montgomery will face each other as voters decide who will sit in district 4’s council seat in January.

And longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will face “Bill” Cassidy in the polls after beating out several contenders for the job in the primaries.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6.

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