DENHAM SPRINGS – Residents on the west end of Livingston Parish now have a shorter drive to the polls for early voting.

The new process kicked off April 15 at the new “satellite” precinct at the Denham Springs/Walker branch of the Livingston Parish Library. Polls will be open April 20-27 for the early voting period, with the exception of Easter Sunday.

The satellite site is an addition to the location which continues to operate at the Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters Office on Magnolia Street in the Town of Livingston.

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin joined Livingston Parish Clerk of Court Jason Harris, Registrar of Voters Jared Andrews and Livingston Parish Councilman Tracy Girlinghouse for the opening day.

“This gives people more access to the early voting process, particularly to an area of the parish which has the largest population,” Ardoin said.

The Secretary of State’s Office, Clerk of Court and Registrar of Voters Office entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Livingston Parish Library to establish the satellite location.

The huge turnout for elections in 2016 at a makeshift office in a vacant parcel at Juban Crossing convinced the parish and state that Livingston Parish could support an additional site, he said.

The funding proposal for Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement District 2&3 will be the only item on the ballot for the initial early voting period at the satellite site.

Sluggish turnouts are common with one-item ballots, but Harris hopes the additional “early bird” site may boost voter participation.

“We’ve advertised in the paper, we’ve put signs out and we’ve put it on Facebook,” he said. “Voter apathy has set in throughout the country and we’re all doing what we can to change that.”

Voters are asked to enter at the Eden Church Road entrance, just north of Florida Boulevard.

Residents can find out more information on the early voting process and all other elections statewide when they download the “Geaux Vote” app offered free of charge by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

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