Livingston Parish crowds polls on last day of early voting

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LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – After nearly two weeks of early voting, the Registrar of Voters at the Livingston Parish Library has it down to a science.

But Andrea Hooper, a voter waiting in line, says the registrar’s precision couldn’t keep the crowds away.

Hooper waited until her children had reached a stopping point with school work before she came to the library to vote.

She hoped enough time passed for the lines to be a bearable wait time.

“I was not expecting a full parking lot and a line wrapped around the building,” Hopper says.

Hooper waited until the last day to cast her ballot. She says she was expecting the lines to be a bit shorter for two reasons: it’s a Tuesday and it’s the very last day of early voting. But that wasn’t the case, lines wrapped all around the back sidewalk of the library.

“I was not expecting a full parking lot and a line wrapped around the building.”

These large numbers aren’t a shock for experts in polling. JMC Analytics and Polling wrote that early voting numbers are already higher than they were in 2016.

It’s likely that by the end of today, the percentage of early voters will sit at 45% compared to the 26% in 2016.

But unlike Andrea Hooper, Brittany Allmon expected this turnout, even though this was her first time early voting.

“Based off the lines and the importance of it, I knew everybody was going to go out and vote,” Allmon says.

“So I thought it was important to try and come in early.”

By the time the polls close tonight, JMC Analytics and Polling estimates that Louisiana may see 1 million votes casted in early voting. That would be a record.

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