Voters cast ballots in five area parishes Saturday

Advocate file photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- New Orleans, shown in this Advocate file photo, finished eighth and Baton Rouge ninth for employment in a Brookings Institution report that spanned 2000-2012 for the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.
Advocate file photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- New Orleans, shown in this Advocate file photo, finished eighth and Baton Rouge ninth for employment in a Brookings Institution report that spanned 2000-2012 for the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.

Voters went to the polls Saturday in five metropolitan area parishes — Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines — and polls closed at 8 p.m.

The election results were just beginning to trickle in at 8:35 p.m., with almost two dozen precincts reporting in Jefferson Parish and no precinct results yet available in Orleans Parish. With few if any high-profile issues on the ballot, turnout was predicted to be very low.

In Orleans Parish, voters cast ballots in runoffs for a Traffic Court judgeship and for Criminal District Court magistrate judge. In parts of the city, they also decided on a small annual property fee for the Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission and much larger fees for security districts in the Eastover and Twinbrook neighborhoods.

In Jefferson Parish, the ballot included just one item, a Juvenile Court judgeship runoff.

In St. Tammany, voters will decide on a justice of the peace runoff in Ward 4, a $4.15 million bond issue in Recreation District No. 14 and renewal of a $96 annual property fee in Drainage District No. 4.

The St. John election is for a $30 million bond issue to pay for drainage work and other capital projects.

Plaquemines voters will decide whether to renew a 6.57-mill tax that helps support the Sheriff’s Office.

Residents can get election results at the secretary of state’s website, GeauxVote.com, or on the GeauxVote app.