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More and more voters are casting ballots early

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Oct 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-06 16:48:04-04

More voters are taking advantage of the convenience of early voting, statistics show.

In 2015, 234,722 voters cast their ballots early in the gubernatorial primary.

This year, that number is 374,190. That's a 60 percent increase.

The increase is reflected across Acadiana. Here's the breakdowns by parish:

In Acadia, this year's turnout was 4,103 compared to 3,305 in 2015. That's a 24 percent increase.

In Calcasieu, it was 11,810 compared to 7,042 in 2015. That's a 68 percent increase.

In Evangeline Parish, it was 3,244 compared to 2,021 in 2015. That's a 61 percent increase.

In Iberia Parish, it was 6,782 compared to 4,579 in 2015. That's a 48 percent increase.

In Jeff Davis Parish, it was 2,920 compared to 2,193 in 2015. That's a 33 percent increase.

In Lafayette Parish, turnout was 12,111 compared to 9,449 in 2015. That's a 28 percent increase.

In St. Landry Parish, turnout was 5,602 compared to 3,603 in 2015. That's a 55 percent increase.

In St. Martin Parish, it was 7,034 compared to 4,651 in 2015. That's a 51 percent increase.

In St. Mary Parish, turnout was 4,603 compared to 3,393 in 2015. That's a 36 percent increase.

In Vermilion Parish, turnout was 4,663 compared to 2,749 in 2014. That's a 70 percent increase.

The Secretary of State's website includes early voting statistics going back to 2008, broken down by age, party, parish and other factors. If you'd like to look at the data, click here.