Early voting numbers at an all-time high amid Nov. 16 runoff

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A report from the Secretary of State’s office shows nearly 90,000 votes were cast for the Nov. 16th election. In comparison, more people early voted on Saturday than for the 2016 presidential election.

Data analyst John Couvillon says voter turnout was in Governor Edwards favor.

Of those voters, Democrats took the lead with over 40,000 thousand votes while Republicans had over 35,000 votes. 

“I do think that Democrats are going to be much more energized for the run offs than they were for the primary,” Couvillion said. 

Couvillion says though Gov. Edwards had a 46% voter turnout in the primary election, he believes it’ll be closer to 50% for the runoff. He says a big reason for that is the African American vote spiking to 6%. 

“Governor Edwards is basically using that reality as motivation to get Democrats to go vote by of course saying these awful things could happen if Republicans gained complete control,” Couvillion said. 

Some voters say they believe the reason there was a large turnout was because of the convenience early voting brings.

“[There’s not too many people, you can go in [and] there’s no line,” a Baton Rouge resident said. “You can go in get it done in less time,” he said. 

While others say they think it’s the severity and importance this election brings that’s making more come out and vote.

“People are concerned, and people want who they want,” Katherine Mack said after she voted. “[There’s] a big difference between some of the candidates and I think it’s important that we go out and signify what they believe in,” she said.

The last day to early vote is Saturday. Couvillion says he suspects by then 350,000 more votes will be cast.

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