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Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 for the Gubernatorial General Election.

State races on the ballot are:

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Governor

Secretary of State

Local candidates are:

Parish President-parishwide

Council Member Dist. 4

Council Member Dist. 5

Early voting in the Registrar of Voters office will begin Saturday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sunday. Absentee voting by mail is intended for voters who will be out of the parish on election day and the wee of early voting, or if the person is over 65 or has a mobility impaired ID card. Fax request to 318-357-2212 or mail to Registrar of Voters, POB 677, Natchitoches, LA 71457-0677.

Deadline to make a written request for an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Written request forms can be downloaded at www.sos.la.gov under “Elections” click on “vote” link, click on “vote by mail.”

Ballots must be returned to the Registrar of Voters office by mail by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Military and overseas ballots must be returned to the Registrar of Voters office by mail or fax before noon on election day.

Call Registrar Kathrin Holden at 357-2211 for additional information

Governor: John Bel Edwards (Dem) “Eddie” Rispone (Rep)

Secretary of State: Kyle Ardoin (Rep) “Gwen” Collins-Greenup (Dem)

Parish President: John Richmond (no party) Lee Waskom (no party)

Council-Dist. 4 Marty Cheatwood (Rep) Justin Lester (Rep)

Council-Dist. 5 Russell Rachal (Rep) John Salter (Ind)