Voters face light ballots

One congressional seat and a series of tax renewals highlight a modest list of topics on Saturday’s election ballots.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

In East Baton Rouge Parish, voters will be asked to decide a $24.6 million property tax renewal for the sheriff’s office and an $11 million renewal for Emergency Medical Services.

Other tax propositions will be decided in the Brownsfield and Central Fire Protection districts and the South Burbank Crime Prevention and Development District.

Voters in West Feliciana Parish will choose a president.

The 5th congressional district race to succeed former U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander sparked entries from 14 candidates.

State Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia, Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway, of Forest Hill, and state Rep. Jay Morris, of Monroe, are the three Republican elected officials on the ballot.

Democrat elected officials running for the post are Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, state Rep. Robert Johnson of Marksville and state Rep. Marcus Hunter, of Monroe.

Other contenders include Republican Vance McAllister, a Monroe businessman, and former state Rep. Weldon Russell, D-Amite.

Also, Henry Herford Jr., a Delhi Libertarian; Eliot Barron, Green Party candidate from New Orleans; Peter Williams, No Party-Lettsworth; Tom Gibbs, No Party-Calhoun; Phillip “Blake” Weatherly, R-Calhoun; and S.B.A. Zaitoon, a Baton Rouge Libertarian.

The district touches 24 parishes and extends from Monroe to Alexandria and into the Florida parishes, including parts of East Feliciana Parish.

The election is the first in which people can get election results on the secretary of state’s GeauxVote app.

It provides information about voting and where to vote as well.

Citizens can also sign up for text alerts on the app, reminders on when the polls open and close and any changes in precincts.