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|Voters to pick candidate Saturday|
Polls will open at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, as voters in 22 parishes go to the polls in a special election to select a replacement for retired state Supreme Court justice Chet Traylor.
Some neighboring parishes will also use Saturday's special election to decide a number of tax issues and to fill empty seats on local governing boards, but for voters of Franklin Parish, the sole matter on the ballot will be the state Supreme Court race between Marcus Clark and Jimmy Faircloth.
The single-issue ballot has Franklin Registrar of Voters Geneva Cupp fearful of low voter turnout.
Cupp said one good indicator of potential voter turnout is early voting.
Last week, some 166 eligible voters cast ballots during early voting at the Franklin Parish courthouse. Also, 61 mail-in ballots have been received, according to Cupp.
Cupp said she was hopeful for improved turnout in the election on Saturday.
"We started out slow, but we picked up," said Cupp. "That's pretty normal, considering what's on the ballot."
Cupp said she expects voter turnout to fall somewhere between 15 and 20 percent, but stressed that estimate was "just a guess."
Clark and Faircloth are vying for Traylor's 4th district seat on the state Supreme Court.
Clark currently sits on the 4th Judicial District Court bench, serving Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes.
He was first elected to the bench in 1996 and took office in 1997. Prior to his election, Clark worked as a prosecuting attorney in the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office and as an investigator with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.
Faircloth, an attorney from Alexandria, is a former executive counsel to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Faircloth worked as an advisor on Jindal's campaigns for Congress in 2006 and governor in 2007.
Before working for Jindal, Faircloth operated a law practice in Alexandria. He stepped down from his post in the Jindal administration to run for the Supreme Court.
Traylor retired in May after 13 years of service. He was first elected to the state's highest court in 1996.