Ballots are being cast in the presidential primary, Mayors of Natchitoches, Powhatan and Clarence, Natchitoches Council Districts 3 and 4 and councilperson at large and Democratic State Central Committee, Democratic Parish Executive Committee and Republican Parish Eecutive Committee.
Election day is Saturday, July 11. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. This is a closed party election for Presidential Preference Primary and committee members.
There will be lockouts to separate the election by party. Democrats will only be able to vote for the Democratic candidates and Republicans will only be allowed to vote for Republican candidates. Some voters will not be eligible to vote if not a registered Republican or Democrat and if there are no other items on the ballot.
Voting precincts will have a different look as well. Voters will be asked to wear a face mask. Clerk of Court David Stamey said voters will not be turned away if they do not choose to wear one, however, for the safety of the voter and commissioners, it is recommended. Stamey said many of the commissioners fall into the high-risk age group and hopes the public will be amenable to wearing the mask while voting. In addition, commissioners will wipe down the voting machines before and after each ballot is cast. There will also be numerous forms of PPE available including hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, cones marking 6 feet for distancing purposes, facemasks and more.
Registrar of Voters Kathrin Holden said early voting was steady during the extended dates that ended at 6 p.m. July 4.
There were 2,301 total votes recorded.
In person: 1,986