Posted on October 19, 2010 at 6:29 AM
Tuesday, Nov 2 at 12:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- As polls opened at 6 a.m., turnout by local voters was steady at several polling places across the New Orleans metro area.
Voting is underway across Louisiana, with the U.S. Senate race and Congressional races drawing much of the attention, along with a special election for Lt. Governor, 10 state constitutional amendments and a long list of local races and issues. Polling locations are open until 8 p.m.
Click here for ballot information from the Secretary of State's Office.
The marquee statewide races on the ballot are the U.S. Senate race, which pits Republican incumbent David Vitter against Democratic challenger Rep. Charlie Melancon and 10 other candidates, and the Lt. Governor runoff between republican Jay Dardenne and Caroline Fayard, a Democrat and political newcomer.
Second district incumbent Anh “Joseph” Cao faces a tough re-election challenge from Democrat state Rep. Cedric Richmond and two other candidates. The second district includes much of Orleans Parish, the West Bank, and parts of south Kenner.
In the first congressional district, Republican incumbent Steve Scalise faces two challengers. The district includes much of Jefferson, St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa and parts of Orleans Parish.
In the third district, two candidates are battling to replace Charlie Melancon in Congress. Republican Jeff Landry and democrat Ravi Sangisetty are vying for the third district seat, which represents the Houma-Terrebonne area, as well as parts of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Charles, Jefferson, St. John and Lafourche parishes.
There are ten proposed amendments to the state constitution for voters to consider, covering everything from the timing of pay raises for elected officials to homestead exemption and tax issues. The nonpartisan groups Bureau of Governmental Research and Public Affairs Research Council have released their analysis of the amendments. You can read the BGR report by clicking here
. The PAR guide to the amendments is available here
Orleans Parish voters will settle a runoff for a 1st City Court judgeship. Some Jefferson Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. John Parish, Tangipahoa Parish and Washington Parish voters face a runoff for School Board seats. Plaquemines Parish voters face parish council races in some areas.
The nonpartisan, non-profit League of Women Voters has released its guide to the Nov. 2 elections. You can read it here