DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Many voters in Denham Springs should expect a long day at the polls on Tuesday, November 8. Nine precincts will vote at the same location, an empty building at the Juban Crossing shopping center.
Those voters usually go to Southside Junior High, Southside Elementary, or Denham Springs Elementary, but all of those buildings flooded, forcing the location to be changed. Officials with Livingston Parish decided to use the vacant building between Cato Fashions and Ulta.
"Having this spot available for Election Day was a Godsend because we don't have anything else available," says Livingston Parish registrar of voters, Jared Andrews. This spot is being dubbed a "super precinct" by the parish.
Officials expect around 4,000 people to vote at this location, so they're asking people to help keep the lines moving.
"They are going to need to be prepared as far as reviewing their ballot, so that we can kind of speed the process up a little bit," Andrews says.
There will be a staging area outside the front doors where volunteers will help voters figure out which precinct they are in. Then, voters will go straight to their voting section. Officials say that people will have to wait outside or in another building if the space gets too full.
"We will have a room adjacent to this building that will be able to hold people in case it rains, and they just need to be patient with us," said Andrews.
Thirty-five percent of the precincts turned in their ballot during early voting, so the attendance numbers could've been even larger.