Early Voting for the Louisiana Fall 2017 Primary Election is in full swing, with the last day being Saturday, October 14. Voters will decide on Constitutional Amendments, and the Louisiana State Treasurer race.

WHAT IS A PRIMARY ELECTION?

Louisiana has local and state elections all the time. These elections are usually held on Saturdays and all eligible voters may cast a vote in this election. In a Primary Election, whoever gets the majority of votes wins. If no one wins outright, then the top "2" candidates have a runoff election called a General Election. For info on the different types of elections, click here.

There are 6 candidates running for Louisiana Treasurer. They are as follows:

Democratic - Derrick Edwards
Republican - State Senator Neil Riser
Republican - State Representative John Schroder
Republican - Angele Davis
Republican - Terry Hughes
Libertarian - Joseph D. Little

What are the Constitutional Amendments in this election about, and what does a vote "for" or "against" mean? See the explanations below, courtesy of parlouisiana.org:

Amendment #1 - Establish a property tax exemption for construction
work in progress.

A VOTE FOR  - Will establish a property tax exemption for construction work in progress.

A VOTE AGAINST - Will continue to leave no exemption in the Constitution for tax assessments of construction work.

Amendment #2 - Establish a property tax exemption for the surviving spouses of first responders who died while on duty.

A VOTE FOR - Will give surviving spouses of volunteer firefighters, emergency medical responders, technicians, and paramedics who died while on duty a full property tax exemption on their home.

A VOTE AGAINST - Will keep existing ad valorem property tax exemptions in place.

Amendment #3 - Establish a “Construction Subfund” of the Transportation Trust Fund

A VOTE FOR - Will establish a “Construction Subfund” within the state’s Transportation Trust Fund to contain any new fuel tax revenue, which could not be used for state employee benefits or wages.

A VOTE AGAINST - Will continue to allot all revenue from fuel taxes, including any new fuel taxes, into the Transportation Trust Fund.

**See exactly what's on your ballot, here. Print it out and take it with you to the polls for carefree voting.

ELECTION DATES AND DEADLINES TO KNOW:

To request an absentee ballot, click here.
Last day to request mail ballots except military and overseas voters - October 10, 2017
Last day for Registrar of Voter to receive mail ballots - October 13, 2017
Last day for military and overseas voters to request a ballot by mail - October 13, 2017
Last day for Registrar of Voter to receive mail ballots from military and overseas - October 14, 2017

The official date for the Fall 2017 Primary Election is Saturday, October 14. Early Voting for that election is going on now, through Saturday, October 7, 2017. Below is a list of precinct locations in Calcasieu Parish:

PARISH COURTHOUSE/Registrar of Voters Office
1000 RYAN ST - 2nd Floor, RM 7
LAKE CHARLES, LA 70601-5250
8:30 am - 6 pm for each day of early voting

WEST CALCASIEU BUSINESS CENTER
500 A N. HUNTINGTON ST. BLDG B
SULPHUR, LA 70663
September 30-October 7, 2017 (Closed Sunday) 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

MOSS BLUFF LIBRARY
261 PARISH RD
MOSS BLUFF, LA 70611
September 30-October 7, 2017 (Closed Sunday) 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

For more info about voting, if you're having problems voting, or just have a question, call the Registrar of Voters at (337) 721-4000. Remember, you must have valid/picture form of identification with you when you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election. Bring one of the following:

A driver's license
A Louisiana Special ID
A generally recognized picture ID, with your name and signature

**Voters with no picture ID may bring a utility bill, payroll check or government document, with their name and address. (Must have a signed affidavit from the Elections Division in order to vote.)

Learn everything you need to know about the voting process in Louisiana here.