Why is an election the same day as two football games?

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Many residents are questioning why a huge election is scheduled the same day as two big footballs games.


“It’s an important football game day but it’s also an important election day,” Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin said. 


This Saturday is a state-wide election but also the day both southern and LSU have huge home games.


“Honestly I’m not really worried about election day I’m just worried about this game,” LSU student Alyssa Berry said.  


But how did this decision of highly anticipated football games land on the same day as an election? Ardoin says the law makes election dates far in advance. 



Ardoin says since the election date was chosen far in advance, LSU should’ve picked another date. LSU’s schedule is also made in advance but Ardoin says since the elections are set by law it’s possible LSU could be more flexible in the future.

 
“I would urge in the future universities to check those dates first before they make their football schedule,” he said.


Ardoin says because of the double booking he believes that’s why a record amount of people voted early so on election day they can enjoy the game.


“376,000 cast early votes and absentees. the only thing higher than that was the 2016 presidential [election],” he said.


But over at LSU some students say they’re so excited for the university’s homecoming game they completely forgot there was an election taking place.


“I feel like everyone’s probably not going to be paying attention to the election. They’re going to be more focused on Florida and how we do during the game,” another LSU student said. 


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