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Posted: Saturday, 16 November 2013 6:00AM

Metro area elections today



Tax and bond issues and several judicial runoff elections in the metro area are not expected to draw a lot of voters to the polls today.

Polling places are open Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Click here to see your local ballot.

There's a congressional runoff to be decided in District 5, which covers mostly northeast and central Louisiana, but includes parts of Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. Republicans Neil Riser and Vance McAllister are looking to replace Rodney Alexander, who resigned to take a post with Governor Jindal's administration.

In Orleans Parish, Harry Cantrell and Mark Vicknair are in a runoff to replace Magistrate Judge Gerard Hansen, who retired this month after 39 years in office. There is also a Traffic Court judge runoff in Orleans, between Steven Jupiter and Clint Smith.

A small annual property tax fee is on the ballot for the Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission, covering most of New Orleans East, and security district fees in two neighborhoods - Eastover in New Orleans East and Twinbrook in Uptown.

There's just one race on the ballot in Jefferson Parish. Voters will elect a Juvenile Court judge, to replace the retiring Nancy Amato Konrad. Barron Burmaster and Zoe Olivia Fleming are in a tight race there.

St. Tammany Parish voters will decide several tax issues throughout the parish, as well as decide a runoff for Justice of the Peace in St. Tammany Ward 4.

There is a tax millage renewal on the ballot in Plaquemines Parish. Sheriff Lonnie Greco says the 6.57 mill tax renewal is critical for funding operations of the sheriff's office, since it funds nearly a third of its $6.4 million annual budget.

There is also a $30 million bond issue on the ballot in St. John the Baptist Parish, to pay for drainage work and other capital projects,  as well as tax issues in Terrebonne Parish.

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