Early voting numbers down from 2014 congressional elections
BATON ROUGE - Final early voting numbers are coming in lower than last year's congressional elections.
About 14,000 fewer voters participated in early voting that ended late Saturday than did in the November 2014 congressional elections - the last major comparable election in the state.
When early voting ended, 222,162 of Louisiana's 2.89 million voters had cast their ballots. That's 7.6 percent.
Based on those numbers and historical trends, Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicts voter turnout of between 45 and 50 percent in Saturday's open primary election.
A racial breakdown showed that 71 percent of early voters were white, 27 percent black and other race at 2 percent. Sixty-four percent of Louisiana registered voters are white, 31 percent of registered voters are black and 5 percent are another race.