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Early voting starts for November 6 election

Posted at 6:48 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 19:59:57-04

Early voting in the November 6 election is underway.

Polls will be open everyday through October 30, except on Sunday. Today, more than 1,400 people have cast their ballot in Lafayette Parish.

“The first day, we’ll get the number and the next day it will increase a little bit. The following day it will increase some more and we’re hoping that will continue,” said Lafayette Registrar of Voters Charlene Menard.

Voters say the line moves quickly.

“In and out in one minute as long as you know what you’re voting for,” said Blaine Jennings.

Jill Laroussini said, “The last time I voted early, they were quite long. So, I make sure I have some time to wait.”

KATC Political Analyst Pearson Cross believes overall, voter turnout will be low in Louisiana. He says we do not have many races that bring people who want to vote on party lines.

“There’s nothing to really motivate voters, except to express their anger or support. That being said, voter turnout will likely be in the mid-thirties…38 or 39%,” Cross said.

Early voters are encouraging others to take advantage of the opportunity to head to the polls early.

“It makes it nice to be able to go out and get it done. Having a time frame to do it vs just one day. If you wait until the last minute, something might come up and you’ll miss out,” said Jennings.

You can vote between 8:30 and 6:00 at your parish registrar of voters office.