Low turnout is expected at the polls this weekend. And in his commentary this week, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit Columnist Clancy DuBos encourages everyone to remember to vote this Saturday.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- In most places, it hardly looks like election season in Louisiana. All statewide races were resolved on Oct. 19, as were the vast majority of legislative contests.
Only one issue is on the ballot in all of Louisiana’s 4,258 precincts — a lone constitutional amendment that many say isn’t even needed.
All of which portends a very low turnout this Saturday.
That’s too bad, because there’s really no such thing as an unimportant election. Even if the only point of going to the polls is to vote “yes” or “no” on one constitutional amendment, the point of every election is the act of voting itself.
In New Orleans, there’s also a runoff for Civil Court judge, and a proposed amendment to the City Charter.
Jefferson Parish has runoffs for a council seat, and the ballot in St. Bernard has runoffs for 4 parishwide contests, including red-hot races for sheriff and parish president.
Early voting ended this past Saturday, and outside St. Bernard the turnout was woefully low. Experts say we’ll be lucky to hit 20 percent turnout statewide.
Actually, a turnout that low should be considered very unlucky.
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