Early voting for the March 5 Louisiana presidential preference primary kicks off Saturday and runs through Feb. 27.

Webster Parish voters can cast their votes between 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily except on Sunday at the Webster Parish Courthouse in Minden. Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Melanie Smith will be at the Springhill Civic Center on Feb. 22 through the 24 from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. to allow Springhill voters a chance to early vote without traveling to Minden.

Only voters who are registered to one of the two political parties will be able to vote for their party’s nominee, because, unlike most elections in Louisiana, the presidential primary is a closed primary.
Democratic presidential candidates on the preference primary ballot include Steve Burke; Hillary Clinton; Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente; Henry Hewes; Keith Judd; Martin O’Malley; Bernie Sanders; Michael A. Steinberg; Willie L. Wilson and John Wolfe.

Republican presidential candidates are Jeb Bush; Ben Carson; Chris Christie; Timothy “Tim” Cook; Ted Cruz; Carly Fiorina; Lindsey Graham; Mike Huckabee; John R. Kasich; Peter Messina; Rand Paul; Marco Rubio; Rick Santorum and Donald Trump.

The Democratic Party and the GOP will also have closed state central committee and parish executive committee elections.