BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)– Tomorrow’s election day across the state of Louisiana. Louisiana’s Secretary of State’s office encouraged people to come out and vote on Saturday, Mar. 20.
At the Louisiana Secretary of State, Commissioner of Elections Sherri Hadskey said, “It’s always important for people to go out and vote., if I had my way we would all vote every chance we had.”
JMC Analytics and Polling Founder & CEO John Couvillon said, “What the drivers would be either the, would be either the congressional races, or you have the local races such as mayor racers, council races, there’s a state representative race in Metairie, but nothing as big as the congressional district elections”
However there always seems to be a lower voter turnout for these special or smaller elections.
“Our best estimate right now is that we are at 18-20 percent turnout,” said Hadskey.
Couvillon said, “As people understand the importance of the presidential election, but once you start talking about these races, especially at odd times like this, those by their very nature tend not to generate very much interest.”
There has been some discussion of a younger voter surge , especially in Congressional District 2, however as you can below, this may not be the case. In early voting for this election you see the average age in District 2 is 65 years old.
Though lower turnout was usually expected from these particular types of elections, what we may see an increase in is mail in voting.
He said, “Specifically talking about the primary tomorrow, statewide we have more than 50 percent of early voters who actually voted by mail, which is an unheard of event. you don’t normally have mail in voting comprising that large of a percentage of pre election day election votes.”
As you’re prepping for election day Hadskey said, “Make sure everyone bring your ID, and it has to have a picture and signature for it. Also polls open at 7am and close at 8pm.”
CDC guidelines will be in effect at the poll locations.