Early voting ends Saturday in Louisiana congressional runoff

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In this Sept. 8, 2020 photo, voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. A majority of President Donald Trump’s supporters plan to cast their ballot on Election Day, while about half of Joe Biden’s backers plan to vote by mail. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that finds 54% of voters say they will vote before polls open on Nov. 3. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s weeklong early voting period wraps up Saturday in the April 24 runoff election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat for a district centered in New Orleans and extending up the Mississippi River into Baton Rouge.

Two Democratic state senators from New Orleans — Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson — are competing for the 2nd District seat. They were the top two vote-getters among 15 candidates in the March primary.

The job is open because Democratic congressman Cedric Richmond left to work for President Joe Biden after winning reelection in the fall.

Also on the April 24 ballot are special runoff elections for a seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education representing northwestern Louisiana and a seat in the state House representing Jefferson Parish. Several parishes also have elections for local offices and tax issues.

The secretary of state’s office said 23 parishes have no elections this month.

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