Voters were lined up as early as 5:30 a.m. outside Morgan City High School to vote on the presidential and congressional races, constitutional amendments and several local races.
The Louisiana Secretary of State’s office is expecting possibly nearly 70 percent voter turnout statewide. If that percentage holds true for St. Mary Parish and Morgan City, nearly 24,000 voters could turn out in the parish and more than 5,600 voters may turnout in Morgan City.
Voters in Morgan City will elect a new mayor as Mayor Tim Matte did not seek re-election. The candidates for mayor are Larry Bergeron, Lee Dragna, Frank Grizzaffi, Bart Mancuso and Kevin Voisin.
Morgan City voters also are to vote in four council races. Candidates and districts are Drue Clement and Tim Hymel, District 1; Ron Bias and C.E. “Charlie” Pratt, District 3; Ronald Berry and James Fontenot, District 4; and Mac Bruno and Louis Tamporello Jr., District 5.
Nine state constitutional amendments and one parishwide proposition are on the ballot.
—Amendment No. 1 would prohibit money in the Medicaid Trust Fund from being used for other purposes.
—Amendment No. 2 would require any restriction on the right to bear arms to meet the highest standard of review by a court.
—Amendment No. 3 would require a legislative filing period deadline of 45 days prior to the start of a regular legislative session to change public employee retirement systems.
—Amendment No. 4 would give a $75,000 ad valorem tax exemption, in addition to the homestead exemption, to the spouse of a deceased veteran, for property the spouse owns and occupies, with a service-connected disability rating of 100 percent who died prior to the enactment of the exemption.
—Amendment No. 5 would require any public servant convicted of a felony, associated with and committed during public service, to forfeit public retirement benefits.
—Amendment No. 6 would authorize the city of New Iberia to grant ad valorem tax exemption contracts for property annexed by the city after Jan. 1, 2013.
—Amendment No. 7 would retain the existing number of members and allow implementation of membership from reapportioned congressional districts by filling vacancies from under-represented districts first and then from the state at large.
—Amendment No. 8 would allow the Board of Commerce and Industry to grant ad valorem tax exemption contracts for businesses in parishes that have chosen to participate in a program granting such contracts.
—Amendment No. 9 would require three separate notices of proposed laws regarding the creation of a special district to be published at least 30 days prior to the introduction of the bill.
A parishwide proposition to limit school board members to three consecutive four-year terms is also on the ballot.