Above average turnout expected for La. midterm election
BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election.
That's above turnout in the last midterm congressional election, but still well below the 68 percent of voters who showed up at the polls for the 2012 presidential election.
Early voting numbers also indicate that the greater Baton Rouge area has passed New Orleans and its outlying areas as the largest voting block in Louisiana. Schedler confirmed this when he spoke at the Press Club in Baton Rouge on Monday afternoon.
Schedler said that of Friday, more voters in East Baton Rouge Parish had gone to the polls early than anywhere else in the state. EBR Parish voters dropped off last Saturday, allowing Orleans Parish to cast more votes, but Schedler attributes this to the Saturday night LSU football game.
In total, 151,982 Louisianians have voted early. Schedler says he anticipates an overall voter turnout of 45% to 50% and attributes the shift toward Baton Rouge as the largest voting block to "post-Katrina demographic changes".