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ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Early voting for the upcoming primary election in St. Tammany Parish starts this Saturday.

On the ballot, the race for coroner and this time around more voters are gearing up to cast their vote to fill the seat vacated by former St. Tammany Coroner Peter Galvan.

Dr. Rob Muller, Dr. Charles Preston, Dr. Adrian Talbot and current Deputy Coroner Leanne Truehart are all on the ballot vying to be St. Tammany's next coroner.

The upcoming primary election comes right on the heels of former Coroner Peter Galven's controversial exit from office, which ended with a prison sentence.

'I haven't really studied up on who the candidates are,but I think it's very important that we make a selection when we vote based on qualifications and whether they have an honest record,' said resident Ed Cleveland.

Voters in St. Tammany Parish say this election, although small, is an important one. Already folks are getting out to cast their vote before early voting officially begins.

'Just about 2,000 absentee ballots by mail that has already been distributed and of that 25 percent, almost 25 percent, have been returned already,' said St. Tammany Parish Registrar of Voters Dwayne Wall.

Back in October, Galvan resigned and pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge and apologized for betraying the trust of voters, but voters say it's only made them more determined to make the right choice when they head to the polls.

'I hope somebody gets in there that really cares about the parish and wants to do well. I hope that if they are paid a full-time salary they are working a full-time job,' said resident Silvia Muller.

Early voting will start tomorrow, Saturday March 22 and go until next Sunday, March 29.

Voters can go to any of the three polling locations starting at 8:30 a.m until 6 p.m. The primary election will be held April 5, followed by the general election in May.

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