Judge rejects extending early voting
BATON ROUGE - Early voting will not be extended after state District Judge Todd Hernandez denied part of a motion by state Rep. Marcus Hunter, D-Monroe.
Early voting will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving and Friday for Acadian Day.
Hunter had asked for a temporary restraining order to keep Secretary of State Tom Schedler from requiring registrars of voters to close their offices Friday so that the early voting period would be open longer.
Hernandez denied that motion Tuesday, but he set a Dec. 4 date to hear the merits of the original motion. By then, the early voting period would have ended. The general election is Saturday, Dec. 6.
Hunter says he's "looking into all options" when asked whether he would withdraw the lawsuit.