Early voting for the October 12, 2019 Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary Election starts September 28 through October 5, 2019. Voting hours are from 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. each day at the following locations:

Lake Charles - Registrar of Voters Office - Calcasieu Parish Courthouse 2nd Floor / 1000 Ryan St (suite # 7) (337) 721-4000.

Sulphur - West Calcasieu Business Center

Moss Bluff - Calcasieu Parish Library

VOTERS IN LOUISIANA MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING TO VOTE:

If you are registered and not sure of your voter status click here to check. You can also download the GEAUX VOTE App. With this app you can see your voter status, pull up a exact copy of your ballot, see the election dates and deadlines. On March 1, 2019 in Louisiana roughly 36,000 convicted felons had their voting rights restored. NOW is the times to use those incredibly important rights. Register to vote and participate in this and very important future elections.

The upcoming Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary Election will take place on Saturday October 12, 2019. There are several items on the ballot including State Representative, law enforcement and municipal officials and 4 Constitutional Amendments. NOTE: If any of these races result in a tie or if the candidate doesn't get the majority of the vote, there will a runoff election for those races and that will take place November 16.

Louisiana's current Governor is John Bel Edwards (Democrat). He is running for re-election to represent the state for a second term. Candidates running against Governor John Bel Edwards are as follows:

Democrat - Omar Dantzler, former police officer and businessman
Independent - Gary Landrieu, businessman and perennial candidate
Republican - Ralph Abraham, incumbent U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 5th congressional district
Republican - Patrick Landry, artist and perennial candidate
Republican - Eddie Rispone, industrial contracting CEO and Republican donor

KPEL965.com/Ballotpedia did a great job explaining the Constitutional Amendments that Louisiana residents will be voting on. Below the Constitutional Amendments are explained with the outcome of a vote FOR or AGAINST each amendment:

1.) Louisiana New Orleans Affordable Housing Property Tax Exemption Amendment -

A vote FOR - supports allowing New Orleans, Louisiana, to exempt properties with no more than 15 residential units from taxes for the purpose of, according to the amendment, promoting and encouraging affordable housing.

A vote AGAINST - opposes this amendment to allow New Orleans, Louisiana, to exempt properties with no more than 15 residential units from taxes.

2.) Louisiana Property Tax Exemption for Stored Materials Routed for Outer Continental Shelf Amendment

A vote FOR - supports extending an Ad Valorem Tax exemption to property being stored in Louisiana but destined for the Outer Continental Shelf.

NOTE: Ad Valorem Tax is a form of taxation based on the value of a transaction or a property, either real estate or personal property. It is generally calculated as a percentage of the value of the property, rather than on size, weight, or quantity. Ad Valorem is Latin for “according to value.”

A vote AGAINST - opposes extending this Ad Valorem Tax exemption to property stored in Louisiana but destined for the Outer Continental Shelf, thereby leaving the exemption for property in transit to another state or for export outside of the U.S. but not applying it to property routed for the Outer Continental Shelf.

3.) Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals Jurisdiction Amendment

A vote FOR - supports this amendment to do the following:
allow the legislature through a two-thirds vote to give the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals jurisdiction over the constitutionality of taxes, fees, and related matters;
require prompt recovery by taxpayers of any unconstitutional tax paid;
establish authority for the board in the state constitution, subject to changes made by laws passed by a two-thirds vote in the legislature;
state in the constitution that the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals has jurisdiction over any disputes concerning state and local taxes, fees, or other claims against the state.

A vote AGAINST - opposes this amendment to add constitutional provisions concerning the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals, thereby leaving in place the board's existing authority over certain state and local tax disputes according to statute.

4.) Louisiana Education Excellence Fund Uses Amendment

A  vote FOR - supports allowing for appropriations from the Education Excellence Fund (EEF) to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA), Thrive Academy, and laboratory schools operated by public colleges.

A vote AGAINST - opposes this constitutional amendment, thus preventing appropriations from the EEF to the LETA, Thrive Academy, and laboratory schools operated by public colleges.

See what's on YOUR BALLOT.  Remember....in order to change our leadership, we must participate in the voting process. If we do nothing, NOTHING will ever change. VOTE!

ATTENTION ! - ALL voters in the country need to make it there business to get the "REAL ID." If you do not have one or a passport you can not board a commercial airplane or enter certain Federal buildings right now. So get a REAL ID, a Passport or both the first chance you get. This is going to mandatory before long, so take care it now! FYI It is already being used in several states around the country as a means to prevent people from voting.