LIVINGSTON -- Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters Jared Andrews said Tuesday morning he has not received calls about a power outage from precinct commissioners, despite reports that stated otherwise on area television stations.
Andrews said he received two calls from Livingston Parish Clerk of Court Tom Sullivan in regards to the televised reports, but the registrar said he has not heard from anyone else.
"I'm not sure where those reports came from... I haven't gotten one call about it," he said. "If someone finds out, we'd like to check it out."
Power outages have occurred over the years at polls, but Andrews could not recall any instances in Livingston Parish. Even with a power outage, the voting process could continue, Andrews said.
Each voting machine has a 12-volt car battery as power backup that can keep the machines running up to eight hours without electrical plug-in.
It may only affect the lighting in the voting area, but not within the machines themselves.
"The voting machines themselves have lighting that is powered by the same battery backup," Andrews said. "There's no reason people shouldn't vote today."
The ballot includes a statewide election for Secretary of States, amendments and a race for the 6th Congressional District seat.
In Livingston Parish. voters will decide on an amendment to the Home Rule Charter to impose term limits on parish council members and the parish president, while the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office will seek a half-cent sales tax to staff school resource officers on all 45 campuses and the central office in the Livingston Parish School System.
Also, school board seats are up for grabs in Districts 8 and 9, while Albany and Denham Springs voters will elect a mayor and city council to serve the next four years. The office of police chief is also on the Albany ballot.
In Killian, voters will decide who will serve as mayor for the remainder of the unexpired term of Craig McGehee, who resided in May 2017.