After Louisiana voters broke early-voting records in 2016, participation in the excuse-free early voting remained high in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.
Early voting ahead of the Nov. 6 election ended Tuesday. More than 300,000 votes had been cast statewide — exceeding the number of early votes in similar elections held in 2017 and 2014.
Polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at regular polling locations in each parish. Polling locations and sample ballots can be found at www.sos.la.gov.
Lafourche residents cast over 7,024 early votes, totaling almost 12 percent of the parish’s registered voters, officials said. The office has also received over 271 mail-in ballots so far.
As of Oct. 1, the total number of registered voters in Terrebonne was 63,725 and 58,827 in Lafourche.
Voting experts didn’t expect a high turnout in the state, despite national enthusiasm in the midterm elections. All of Louisiana’s federal legislators are expected to be voted in for another term without any runoffs.
Due to high turnout during early voting, experts said more than 1 million people will participate in the election next week, with turnout as high as 35 percent.
In the 2014 midterm elections, statewide participation reached 51.5 percent with 245,609 early votes cast. The 2014 election also included a Senate race and 14 constitutional amendments. Local early votes cast in 2014 totaled 4,174 in Terrebonne and 4,406 in Lafourche.
By the end of the fifth day of early voting last week, local early votes had already exceeded the numbers from 2014. During the 2016 presidential election, there were more than 10,000 early votes cast in both parishes.
During last year’s statewide elections, early voting totals reached only 96,742 statewide.
Information from Daily Comet staff reports.
Posted on Fri, November 2, 2018
by The Lafourche Gazette