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|Early voting points to low turnout Saturday|
Only 151 voters cast early ballots for the Oct. 4 open primary.
Franklin Registrar of Voters Geneva Cupp said that was in line with her initial projections.
"It was very slow," Cupp said. "There wasn't much interest, like I expected."
Cupp said one deciding factor in the low turnout was the relative lack of any races available to all voters in the parish.
"There were only two things everyone could vote on — Public Service Commissioner and the proposition," Cupp said.
Voters will be asked to consider a 5-year, half-cent sales tax renewal of the police jury's public works tax.
Also, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will face challenger James Crowley in his bid for reelection.
Saturday's main event — the U.S. congressional primary postponed by Hurricane Gustav — is only open to Republicans.
In that race, U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, faces challenger Andy Clack, R-Rayville.
Cupp said early ballots cast on the original, Sept. 4 date, will be combined with the ballots cast in the Oct. 4 primary, which should bring the total early votes cast for the Alexander-Clack race to just above 300.
In Franklin Parish's 5th Constable district, Don Beaube and Jerry Reeves face off in the race for Justice of the Peace.
Cupp previously predicted a lighter turnout for the Oct. 4 primary than the November presidential election.
"That's when everyone's really going to get out and vote," Cupp said.