Early voting for the Aug. 15th election ends Saturday, but not many local residents have taken advantage of it.

With the only ballot items being property tax renewals to fund fire and police departments in City of Hammond and Town of Independence, less than 500 people have cast their vote as of Wednesday evening. Only about 100 of those votes were cast in person.

On Wednesday, five people voted in Hammond and no one voted in Amite. Since early voting began July 25, the total count through Wednesday was 77 in Hammond and 18 in Amite who came into the registrar's offices. Of the 840 ballots Tangipahoa’s registrar mailed out, only 361 of them have been received back.

The turnout is about what Tangipahoa Parish Registrar of Voters Andi Matheu expected, she said. She anticipates election day will see a low turnout too.

Hammond and Independence voters who want to vote early can still do so through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the registrar of voters Amite and Hammond offices. The deadline to request a mail ballot from the registrar is Tuesday and the registrar must receive it back by Aug. 14.

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