A higher than expected early voting turnout has prompted Jefferson Parish's registrar of voters to raise slightly his turnout projection for Saturday's parishwide elections.
"I would say maybe 12, 13, 14%, but again a lot's gonna depend on the weather," says Dennis DiMarco, who was originally projecting a turnout of 10-11%.
Close to 3,000 parish residents took advantage of early voting.
"We had about 1,800 to 2,000 people actually come in and vote and then another thousand or so that voted by mail," DiMarco said.
On the ballot in Jefferson Parish are three proposed millage renewals for water, sewerage and the School Board and a juvenile court judgeship election.
The early voting turnout in Orleans Parish was also higher than expected.
"Almost 2,400 voters participated in early voting to include also the absentee votes," says Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson.
While Wilson declined to give a turnout projection for Saturday's elections in Orleans, she expects turnout to be a little higher than what it typically is for an election with just a few local items on the ballot.
On the ballot are two amendments to the home rule charter, including changes to the membership of the Sewerage and Water Board, and a traffic court judgeship and a criminal district court magistrate judge election.
Since this is a non-federal election, polls will open an hour later at 7am and close at 8pm.