Record early voting numbers could be start of new trend in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Numbers for the first two days of early voting in Louisiana show a record number of voters casting their ballots early.

“This is the longest the line has ever been for early voting for me,” said Jeremy Douglas, an early voter.

Douglas is one of the hundreds of thousands of Louisiana voters who cast their ballot early for the November 3rd election. The first two days of early voting in Louisiana are breaking records.

Numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office show 258,017 early votes cast so far. East Baton Rouge Parish saw the largest early voter turnout numbers in the state with 26,379.

Experts said the increased numbers are because of growing interest in early voting in Louisiana and COVID-19.

“With the pandemic, many people who are at higher risk for contracting the Coronavirus do not necessarily want to be in a potential super spreader event. Therefore, they’re choosing alternatives to traditional election day voting,” said John Couvillon, a Political Pollster who founded JMC Analystics.

Couvillon said he’s never seen the early voting numbers hit a quarter million that quickly. He sees it as a long term trend that will continue to grow with each election cycle. Douglas said he welcomes the longer lines.

Douglas added, “I think people are really starting to understand the importance of voting again. It makes me excited that people came out to vote early this time.”

Early voting is everyday through October 27th except for Sunday.

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