Analyst: Voter turnout could increase in New Orleans' runoff

October 16, 2017 - 4:44 pm

New Orleans is on the verge of electing its first female mayor, and that might help drive interest among voters. Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet are in the November 18 runoff. 

Political analyst Clancy Dubos says with history in the making, more attention will be drawn to the Mayor’s race in the runoff election.

"I think there will be a lot more attention paid to each of them and the debates will be more focused and perhaps even more sharp edged," Dubos said. 

Voter turnout in Orleans Parish for the mayoral primary was 32 percent.  

Dubos says even though New Orleans has never had a female mayor, it's not a big surprise to see two women in the runoff. 

"Women are 55% of the New Orleans registered voters, and about 57% and sometimes a little more of the turnout, so it's certainly logical that you would have at least one woman in the runoff and now we have two," Dubos said. 

The state treasurer’s race will also be decided next month. Dubos expects a less than 10 percent turnout statewide. He says Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder have their work cut out for them, when it comes to securing votes.  

"Both candidates have to work very hard to get their voters out to the polls, to get their voters motivated to go out their to cast a ballot," Dubos said. 

A dismal 13 percent voters, representing about 400,000, participated statewide last Saturday. 

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