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Early voting now underway

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com

So far, more than 1,000 voters in the parish have cast their ballots early for the March 24 election in Tangipahoa Parish.

The early voting began Saturday and will continue through this Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the registrar of voters' offices: 110 N. Bay St. Room 103 in Amite and 15475 Club Deluxe Road in Hammond. Early voting did not take place Sunday.

According to Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters Willie Johnson, 323 people voted early Monday by voting at one of the registrar of voters offices. The Secretary of State's Office shows there were 734 early ballots cast as of Sunday, which includes mail-in ballots. The number of registered voters in the parish is 78,900.

On the ballot is the runoff race for state representative of District 86. The race is between two Republicans, Hammond attorney Nicky Muscarello, Jr. and Parish Councilman David Vial.

Voters in the parish are also deciding whether to approve three tax renewals on March 24, the parishwide 3-mill property tax that funds services by the Tangipahoa Parish Library System, the 5-mill property tax that funds drainage services by the Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 on the south end of the parish and the 10-mill property tax that funds fire services by the Fire Protection District No. 1 in Amite.