Low turnout expected for Saturday election despite hotly contested races

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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 15 at 12:14 PM

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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- It is Election Day in New Orleans Saturday, and there are some pretty hotly contested runoffs on the ballot.

Voters will be heading to the polls to decide on a new Sheriff, a Coroner, and a couple of City Council seats.

There are a couple of things that residents should be aware of before heading to voting locations, especially with this being St. Patrick's Day weekend.

One recent change, as a reminder, is the times the polling locations will be open on Saturday. The polls now open at 7:00 a.m. (rather than the previous 6:00 a.m. time).

None of the polling locations have changed since the last election, so where residents voted in the last election, is the same location residents should go to vote during this election.

Be aware there will be a St. Patrick’s Day activities and parades rolling Saturday and those polling places located near the events may be affected.

Officials say officers will be near the locations to help direct voters to the polls with the least amount of delay.

New Orleans Clerk of Court, Arthur Morrell is encouraging residents to get out to vote early, though he does not expect a high turnout for this election.

“The numbers last time showed about 35% turnout. I would say a little less than that this time only because three of the positions people are seeking, there has been a lot of publicity. It is not like people didn't know what was going on, so I say right around 30%," said Morrell.

Morrell also mentioned only about one third of the city's population has registered to vote, and encourages everyone eligible to do so to head to the polls Saturday.


Here's a look at what's on Saturday’s ballot:

One of the biggest is for Orleans Sheriff with incumbent Marlin Gusman facing a challenge from his predecessor, Charles Foti.

The race for Orleans Coroner will also be decided, with Dwight McKenna and Jeffrey Rouse vying to replace longtime incumbent Frank Minyard.

Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and Jason Williams are in a heated race for the 2nd New Orleans City Council At-Large seat, and Jackie Clarkson and Nadine Ramsey are in a runoff for the City Council District C seat.

There are also two other important items on the ballot, one would double the homestead exemption for disabled veterans and their spouses, and the other is a 50-year property tax for the Audubon Park Commission and the Audubon Nature Institute.

The polls are open Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and WWL-TV will have all of the results on the bottom of your screen, as well as on WWLTV.com, with live reports, as well as analysis from Clancy DuBos, on Eyewitness News at 10.

 

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