Last day to early vote for Nov. 18th election is Saturday

November 10, 2017 - 7:57 am

Saturday is the last day to early vote for the November 18th election and early voting locations are closed today in observance of Veterans Day. 

Secretary of State Tom Schedler says in the last days of early voting, the number of residents who cast a ballot exceeded his original expectation of around 10%.

“I think my predictions are narrowing down into that high side of around 350,000-360,000 voters, which would translate to around 13%, 12%, 12.5%.”

There are nearly three-million registered voters in Louisiana. Schedler says this is still an alarming low voter turnout. He says about 69% of voters in the Bayou State cast a ballot last year in the presidential election, higher than the national average.

“But aside from presidential elections, dismal. Even gubernatorial elections last time, I believe were right at 42% but that’s getting to be a good turnout.”

Aside from the statewide State Treasurer’s election, the New Orleans mayoral race is also on the ballot. Schedler says voters in the Crescent City made up 19% of the state’s turnout to put LaToya Contrell and Desiree Charbonnet in the runoff.

“Orleans is usually only 8% to 10% of the statewide vote, they were up at 18% or 19% and I certainly believe they will be up a little bit higher than that when we conclude November 18th.”

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