Voters in five New Orleans area parishes go to polls on Saturday

Low turnout is expected as voters go to the polls Saturday in five metropolitan area parishes to decide on a variety of tax issues, plus several judgeships and an important amendment to the New Orleans City Charter.

Besides Orleans, elections are on tap in Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and St. John the Baptist parishes.

The predicted 50 percent chance of rain is likely to do nothing to boost turnout on a day when there are no high-profile ballot issues to push voter participation much above 10 percent to 15 percent.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Runoffs, if needed, will be on Nov. 16.

In Orleans Parish, voters will choose from among eight candidates for a Traffic Court judgeship and three candidates for Criminal District Court magistrate judge. They also will decide on two amendments to the charter, including one that would revamp the membership of the Sewerage & Water Board.

In Jefferson Parish, the ballot includes a Juvenile Court judgeship election and three proposed millage renewals, for water, sewerage and the parish School Board.

In St. Tammany, voters will consider three millage renewals in Slidell, one millage renewal in Covington, a sales tax renewal in Pearl River, a new millage in Fire Protection District No. 11 and a justice of the peace election in Ward 4.

St. Bernard voters will be choosing a 34th Judicial District Court judge.

The St. John election is for a 1/4 percent sales tax increase to support the Sheriff’s Office.

Residents can get election results at the secretary of state’s website,, or on the GeauxVote app.

Voters can use the site to print out a customized ballot and to find polling locations.

They can also sign up for text alerts on the app, and can get reminders of when the polls open and close or notice of any changes in precincts.