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Early voting starts Saturday for presidential primary

Early voting starts Saturday for presidential primary

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana presidential preference primary for Republicans and Democrats is March 5, but early voting began Saturday and runs through Feb. 27.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in a news release that voters can cast early ballots daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Sunday.

Only voters who are registered to one of the two political parties will be able to vote for their party's nominee, because, unlike most elections in Louisiana, the presidential primary is a closed primary.

The Democratic Party and the GOP will also have closed state central committee and parish executive committee elections.

Those who aren't party affiliated may still have local elections to vote in.

In the Tenth Ward, voters will choose a new member to serve on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission board, a seat vacated last fall by Donald Vizier due to health reasons.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, running for the seat are Rodney Gisclair, Sr., R-Cut Off, Jimmy “T-Jim” Lafont, R-Cut Off, and Vhores “T-Voe” Trosclair, R-Galliano.

Voters in Lafourche Parish Council District 5 will also elect a new councilman. Voters there will decide between Mark Atzenhoffer, James Honore’ Bourgeois, and Holly “Scooter” LeBouef.