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|Early voting points to low turnout|
Early voting totals in a tax election slated for Saturday point to a low voter turnout, according to the Franklin Parish Registrar of Voters.
Only 106 of the parish's 13,669 registered voters cast early ballots last week, said Geneva Cupp.
"There are no candidates on the ballot," said Cupp. "No one has taken too much interest in this."
In addition to the voters who turned up at the office, Cupp said her office has received 42 mail-in ballots, bringing the total of early votes cast so far to just under 150.
Early voting typically indicates overall voter turnout. According to cup, early votes usually account for 10 percent of all votes cast.
That would indicate Saturday's election could see a voter turnout of less than 1,400 votes, or about 10 percent of eligible voters.
Saturday, voters will be asked to decide two sales tax measures.
In the first item, the Franklin Parish Police Jury has asked voters to amend a 2004 sales tax renewal to allow the police jury to utilize a small portion of the money generated by the tax to offset administrative costs.
The tax has been on the rolls since the late 1980s.
Also, the Franklin Parish School Board will ask voters to renew a half-cent sales tax which generates approximately $1.2 million a year for the school system.
Superintendent Lanny Johnson has said the tax is critical to operations at the schools and represents the biggest source of local revenue for the school system.