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Qualifying begins Wednesday for Nov. 6 election

Qualifying begins Wednesday for Nov. 6 election

Qualifying for the November 6 primary election will be held this week, beginning on Wednesday, July 18 and running through Friday, July 20.

All local candidates will sign up at the parish clerk of court’s office.

Several local and state offices will be on the ballot this year, including U.S. Congress, secretary of state, public service commission, parish school boards, and in the Tenth Ward, seats on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission board.

In both Terrebonne and Lafourche, voters will also decide on separate propositions to allow fantasy sports contests in their respective parishes. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board will oversee the activity in the parishes that approve it.

In Lafourche, ballots will include the 15-member School Board, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, the Thibodaux mayor and City Council, and a 0.3 percent sales tax to pay for garbage collection.

Voters will decide whether to reinstate the full 1 percent sales tax for garbage. That tax is currently 0.7 percent. If the 1 percent is approved, the proposition states, it will generate about $8.5 million per year.

During the 2014 mid-term elections, turnout was over 50 percent in Lafourche, local registrar officials said.

To vote in the November election, residents must register in person or by mail by Oct. 9, or online at by Oct. 16.

Early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 23-30, excluding Sunday, Oct. 28.

During regular voting on Nov. 6, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If runoffs are needed, they will be held on Dec. 8, with early voting Nov. 24 through Dec. 1.

For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s website at