Lynelle Johnson ready for post-hurricane challenges as Justice of the Peace

Lynelle Johnson qualifying in July

Lynelle Johnson was prepared for Election Day in October when the next Justice of the Peace, 3rd Justice Court will be decided.  Without a presidential or gubernatorial race on the ballot, anticipated turnout was low and the news that Governor John Bel Edwards, in response to ongoing power outages statewide, bumped the date to November 13 may hinder it further.  Unfortunate, in Johnson’s view, since the next Justice of the Peace could see a spike in cases with so many coping with Hurricane Ida’s aftereffects.

“Ida was an awful storm that caused substantial property damage to thousands of us,” Johnson said.  “As Ascension citizens overcome yet another storm there will be those unscrupulous operators seeking to take advantage, it is all the more important to have a JP who understands the burden endured by our hard-working citizens, a Justice of the Peace who will not tolerate opportunists taking advantage of our friends and neighbors.”

Postponing the election means that all those corresponding deadlines and Early Voting period have also changed.  See below for updated deadlines:

  • October 13, Deadline to register to vote in person or by mail
  • October 23, Deadline to register to vote through GeauxVote Online Registration System
  • Early Voting, October 30 ─ November 6 (except Sunday, October 31) from 8:30 AM ─ 6 PM
  • November 9, Deadline to request an absentee ballot.  You can do so through the Secretary of State’s Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).
  • November 12, 4:30 PM, Deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot (other than military and overseas voters).

“The foundation of our democratic republic is the principle of one man, one vote and it is vital that every citizen have equal access to the ballot box,” Johnson said.  “November 13’s vote is an important one to ensure that every citizen in the district is treated fairly and with compassion in this trying time.”

A business owner and longtime community volunteer, Lynelle Johnson’s Ascension roots run deep.  Her professional experience and field of knowledge are well-suited to the cases and controversies handled by any Justice of the Peace.

“I’m trained in the civil law and I understand the procedural requirements to run the Justice Court, keeping in mind that it is a court of law where every individual’s rights must be respected,” Johnson said.  “What might seem like small potatoes to a powerhouse attorney is vitally important to every person appearing before a Justice of the Peace.  I understand that concept and will always treat every citizen with respect and courtesy.”

Evictions, contractual disputes with jurisdiction up to $5,000…

“There are no small claims in a small claims court, not to the people involved,” Lynelle Johnson assured.  “I am the best candidate to represent the citizens of the 3rd Justice Court and humbly ask for your vote.”

Election Day is November 13.  Early Voting begins on October 30, ending on November 6 (except Sunday, October 31).