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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Early voting is underway in Louisiana for the November 6 election.

In Monroe, the election includes the presidential race, the 5th District congressional race, three Monroe City Council seats, 9 constitutional amendments, two judgeship and a measure to limit the terms of school board members.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. — except on Sunday — at the Ouachita Parish registrar voters' Registration Office located at Office 122 Saint John Street, ROOM 114 in Monroe and at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum located at 701 Kansas Lane (open limited hours-call the Registrars' Office for exact times at 318.327.1436).

Following are the national, state and local elections on the November 6th ballot. If there is a run-off, the open general and congressional election will be held on December 8th.

FEDERAL

Presidential (11 candidates on ballot)

Barack Obama, Joe Biden-Democratic Party
Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan-Republican Party
Gary Johnson, James P.Gray- Libertarian Party
Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala-Green Party
Virgil Goode, James Clymer-Constitution Party
Ross Anderson, Luis Rodriguez-Justice PartyJack Fellure, Toby Davis-Prohibition Party
Peta Lindsay, Yari Osorio-Socialism and Liberation Party
Jerry White, Phyllis Scherrer-Socialist Equality Party
James Harris, Alyson Kennedy-Socialist Workers Party
Sheila Tittle, Matthew Turner-We The People Party

5th Congressional District (3 candidates on ballot)

Rodney Alexander – Republican Incumbent
Ron Ceasar – No Party
Clay Grant – Libertarian Party

STATE

There are 9 proposed new Constitutional Amendments that will be on the November 6th ballot.  The LA Constitution was implemented in 1974 and has been amended 167 times.  A good non-partisan guide to the Constitutional Amendments is available from the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) at www.parlouisiana.org.

The Monroe Chamber Board of Directors voted to support Amendment 8. If passed this amendment provides an economic development incentive for additional businesses such as technology industries, data service & distribution centers, and corporate headquarters. In addition to voter approval, all taxing authorities in the Parish must also approve this measure before it goes into effect. The Monroe Chamber took no position on the remaining amendments.

No. 1 – Medicaid Trust Fund For The Elderly
No. 2 - Strict Scrutiny Standard For Gun Laws
No. 3 – Earlier Notice Of Public Retirement System Bills
No. 4 – Property Tax Exemption for Spouses of Disabled Veterans
No. 5 – Forfeiture Of Retirement For Convicted Public Servants
No. 6 – Property Tax Exemption Authority For New Iberia
No. 7 – Adjust Board & Commission Selection Process To Align With Reduction Of Congressional Districts from 7 to 6.
No 8 – Property Tax Exemption For Non-Manufacturing Businesses
No. 9 – Crime Prevention & Security Districts

PARISH

There are no new parish property tax propositions on the ballot this fall.

Ouachita Parish voters will vote on a proposal to limit Ouachita Parish School Board members to 3 consecutive 4 year terms. The Monroe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support this Legislation.

Road Lighting 1.5 Mills 10 year Renewal

CITY OF MONROE

There are no new property tax propositions on the ballot this fall for the City of Monroe.

Monroe City Council on the ballot as follows:

District 1 – Ray Armstrong – Unopposed

District 2 – Holly Dixon, Gretchen Ezernack (Incumbent), Clint Thomas

District 3 – Daryll Berry, Betty Blakes, Franz Hill, Rick Saulsberry, Juanita Woods

District 4 – Charles Hackney, Carday Marshall, Freddy McHenry, Kenneth Wilson

District 5 – Eddie Clark – Incumbent - Unopposed

City of Monroe voters will vote on a proposal to limit Monroe City School Board members to 3 consecutive 4 year terms. The Monroe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support this Legislation.

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