Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - Early voting for the Dec. 8 runoff elections ends today, with the biggest races on the local ballot the contests for two New Orleans City Council seats.
Voters in City Council Districts B, which covers parts of Uptown, the Garden District, Broadmoor, CBD and Central City, and District E, which covers New Orleans East, the Ninth Ward and Florida neighborhoods, will decide the council races in the runoffs.
The District B runoff is between LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan. District E candidates in the runoff are Austin Badon and James Gray.
Early voting runs until 6 p.m. In Orleans Parish, the three voting locations are: the Registrar of Voters Office in City Hall, the Algiers Courthouse, and the Voting Machine Warehouse, 8870 Chef Menteur Highway.
There are only a handful of races in other parishes on the Dec. 8 ballot. A 20-mill tax increase that would fund 79 fire department positions is a hot item on the ballot in St. Bernard.
In Tangipahoa Parish, there is a runoff for parish council, as well as for and Roseland police chief.
In Lafourche Parish, there are Lockport and Golden Meadow council runoffs. Lafourche and Terrebonne voters will also cast ballots for an Appeals Court judgeship. Terrebonne voters will also consider a sales tax to fund hurricane protection.
The race that will draw national attention is in the Third Congressional District, which now covers southwest Louisiana. Republicans Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry are facing off for the congressional seat representing that redrawn district.
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