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Nov 3 Voting Information for St. Tammany Parish – Early Voting Happening Now

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Election Day Information

The next Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Election Day Voting Hours are from 6:00 AM till 8:00 PM
Early Voting *** Hours 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M
*** EARLY VOTING HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE PER COURT ORDER

The Tuesday November 3, Presidential / Congressional / Open Primary Election includes the following:

  • President
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative – 1st Congressional District
  • Public Service Commissioner – District 1
  • District Judge – 22nd Judicial District Court, Division J
  • District Attorney — 22nd Judicial District Court
  • Justice(s) of the Peace — Justice of the Peace Wards 1, 4, 5, and 8
  • Constable(s) — Constable Wards 2, 4, 6, 7, and 10
  • Constitutional Amendments 1 through 7
  • PW Sports Wagering — Authorize Sports Wagering Activities – Act 215, 2020

How to Use the Secretary of State Website Portal for Sample Ballots

The clickable link below will route you to the Secretary of State’s Website where you can search for your Sample Ballot and other useful election information.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. 1. Click “Search by Voter” – enter your First and Last name, then enter your birth month and year
  2. 2. Click “Ballot Information” – then click “What’s on my ballot?

CLICK HERE to Enter the Secretary of State Website Portal for Sample Ballots in upcoming elections.

ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION

If you would like to register to vote online, please visit the website below:
http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/OnlineVoterRegistration.aspx

ONLINE APPLICATION TO VOTE BY MAIL FOR ST. TAMMANY CITIZENS AND ALSO FOR MILITARY AND OVERSEAS CITIZENS

If you would like to request an absentee ballot by mail online, you may make a request through the voter portal link below:
https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/
NOTE: In the voter portal, search for your name, then click Voting Information, then click Online Absentee Request and fill in the required information.

VOTING BY MAIL INFORMATION FOR MILITARY AND OVERSEAS CITIZENS

If you are in the military or an overseas citizen and would like additional information on how to vote by mail, please visit the below website:
https://www.fvap.gov/

ST. TAMMANY CLERK OF COURT – ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT

For more information about upcoming elections, please visit the Clerk of Court’s website below:
http://www.sttammanyclerk.org/Departments/Elections

Early Voting Dates

In person for the Tuesday November 3, Presidential Election
Early Voting Week 10 days of Early Voting
Friday, October 16th thru Tuesday, October 27th
(closed on Sunday)

Early Voting Locations

Covington:
601 N. Jefferson Avenue
St. Tammany Justice Center Parking Garage
across from the Justice Center in Downtown Covington

Slidell:
520 Old Spanish Trail – The Towers Building
first floor conference training area

Mandeville:
21490 Koop Drive – Council Chambers
First building on the left

Early Voting Hours

Weekdays: 8:00 A.M.- 7:00 P.M
Saturdays: 8:00 A.M.- 7:00 P.M
Slidell closed daily for lunch from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sundays: Closed

To find your polling location or a sample ballot click the following link:
Secretary of State Website Portal

Local News

Runoff Election Aug 15 – Early Voting Happening Now

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The Municipal General Election is August 15, 2020. Covington will be voting on a runoff for City Council-at-Large position. Candidates are “Rick” Smith (R) and “Steve” Stokes (R). Early voting is happening now until August 8th. Voting hours are from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm at the St. Tammany Justice Center Parking Garage, 601 N. Jefferson Ave.

The following is important information for the Saturday, August 15, 2020 Municipal General Election provided by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office:

  • The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is July 15.
  • The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is July 25.
  • Early voting has been extended by one week in accordance with the Emergency Election Plan and is now July 25-Aug. 8 (excluding Sunday, July 26 and Sunday, Aug. 2) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is Aug. 11 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through our Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).
  • The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is Aug. 14 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

PURPOSE OF THIS ELECTION: The purpose of the August 15, 2020 municipal general election is to allow voters in some parishes to vote in run-off elections for local municipal offices and certain parishes to vote on special proposition elections.

DATE: Saturday, August 15, 2020

BE PREPARED: Polling Locations and Sample Ballots are available 2-3 weeks prior to the election using our GeauxVote App or Voter Portal. Other voting information is available at www.GeauxVote.com

Local News

Election Day Info – Early Voting Through July 4th

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Early voting for the July 11th, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary Election is happening now through July 4th. Voting hours are from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm at the St. Tammany Justice Center Parking Garage, 601 N. Jefferson Ave. Closed Sundays and US holidays.

Not registered to vote? You can register to vote online here.

The July 11th Election includes:

City of Covington – Councilman at Large

Judge – Court of Appeal, 1st Circuit, 3rd District, Division D

Democratic, Republican, Independent Presidential Nominee, State Central Committee Member & Parish Executive Committee Members

Local News

Early Voting Open Through July 4th

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Early Voting is available at the Justice Center parking garage (601 North Jefferson Ave) through July 4th (closed on Sunday).

From Mayor Mark Johnson – “If you met a candidate for Council-at-Large you like, please take the time to cast your vote.
They’ve worked hard and deserve a few minutes of your time.
Vote Early, Vote Often …Actually, please vote one time and one time only.”

Local Events Local News Opinion

Truth and Consequences on the Campaign Trail

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The City of Covington is holding a special election on March 25, 2017 to fill the vacant At Large Council Seat.  Early voting begins this Saturday, March 11, 2017.   There are three candidates running:  a current council member, a previous council member and one political newcomer.  The candidates are, in alphabetical order by last name, Trey Blackall, Jerry Coner and Patrick McMath.

Paid for by the Committee to elect Trey Blackall

Facebook LiveGate:  Trey Blackall  recently received attention for a private video that went public.  The video was damaging, but it also highlighted underlying issues of poverty that are sometimes difficult to address in our current Conditionally Sensitive reality-television reality.
The reaction to hearing the words  “crack house” was harsh and condemning; meanwhile the Jefferson Parish president keeps his office after sex-texting a minor.  What would be the reaction to a destitute young woman trapped in a vicious cycle of drugs and prostitution, exhibiting a haphazardly stitched laceration on one hand that appears to require immediate medical attention?  Compassion, or Disgust?  How Does It Feel, To Be All Alone, indeed.  A good first step might be to examine things realistically in order to arrive at a viable solution.  Trey chose to stay in the race, indicating that he has more to say.

 

Slow and Steady Wins The Race – Watching Jerry Coner’s determination in this race reminds me of the story of the hare and the tortoise.  The hare may be fast, but he is also fickle, and maybe a little lazy.  The tortoise on the other hand, just continues on, despite the odds.  A current district councilman, Coner is hard at work right now.  Every time I’ve spoken with him in the last week, which is a few times, he  just completed another neighborhood, good old-fashioned campaigning door-to-door.  You have to respect that resolve.  The day the Advocate broke the Blackall story, I called Coner around 6 or 7 p.m.  He was completing another full day, oblivious to the news.
The third candidate in the race, and I was first to call him about the story, which is interesting in itself.  After I told him the gist, his attitude stayed exactly the same.  He will still visit the rest of the neighborhoods on his maps, and the likelihood that he will complete his campaign goals are very good based on what he’s accomplished so far.

Paid for by the committee to elect Jerry Coner

The Young and the Restless – Patrick McMath is the Tammany West Chamber endorsed candidate, and brand new to the political scene.  I met McMath at the “Keller Williams” Alliance for Good Government endorsement night (Mrs. Fandal, president of AGG, is a Keller Williams realtor;  a search on nola.com will yield a substantial list of land transactions between Fandal and McMath), and he flinched slightly when I introduced myself.
When the moderator asked about the family business, which according to his campaign literature, he began working for after allegedly voluntarily giving up his law license, McMath’s voice cracked slightly.  If the conflicts of interest that exist within the AGG endorsement are any indication, there is already an agenda behind a McMath seat on the City Council.  At the very least, the public has a right to know who is buying their politicians.  Beyond that, I waved at Patrick recently, and he didn’t wave back.
May The Best Man Win – With Trey Blackall staying in the race, a runoff is likely.  The City of Covington is at a pivotal point.  Exponential growth is predicted for this area, and experienced leadership is essential to alleviate those growth pains and address the existing infrastructure issues.  The current political trend, from the national level down, seems to be the merging of corporation and state to a frustrating degree; the trend of the public is vigilance.
Timothy Gates, CW Correspondent 985-288-9609