Louisianas presidential primary early voting opens Saturday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Early voting for Louisiana’s July 11 presidential primary election begins Saturday, with extra days and extra precautions because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Voters can cast their ballots in advance of the election through July 4, six days longer than normal to give people more time to avoid crowds amid the pandemic.
Early voting runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on Sundays, at parish registrar of voters’ offices and other locations. Voters can find their early voting site online through Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office or through its GeauxVote mobile app.
Ardoin’s office said workers at polling locations will regularly sanitize voting areas and wipe down voting machines. Hand sanitizer will be offered to voters, and masks are recommended.
President Donald Trump is expected to easily win Louisiana’s GOP primary. Four other Republicans are on the state’s ballot seeking the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, though former Vice President Joe Biden has clinched the Democratic nomination for president, he’ll be one of 14 Democrats on Louisiana’s ballot.
Louisiana’s presidential primary is one of the latest in the nation this cycle, after being postponed twice because of the virus outbreak. It is a rare closed party primary in Louisiana, a state that generally allows all of its candidates regardless of party to run against each other at one time.
That means only registered Republicans can vote on the July ballot to determine who will win the state’s GOP presidential nomination, while only registered Democrats can choose among the contenders for the state’s Democratic presidential nomination.
But voters in 24 parishes, regardless of party, have other local elections on their ballot that don’t involve closed primaries.
Those 24 parishes, according to the Secretary of State’s office, are: Bienville, Caddo, Calcasieu, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
District Court Judge Christopher Dassau found dead after welfare check Sunday
Semi-truck fire leaves right two lanes on eastbound I-12 blocked Sunday afternoon
Louisiana Marathon kicks off Saturday with 5K race
Iberville deputy involved in crashes on I-10 Sunday morning; all lanes now...
Snow flurries in Gonzales, LA - Jacob Templet
Gage Larvadain staying busy while doing two sports at Southeastern
Southeastern downs Tougaloo 77-72 for fourth straight win
Kevin Faulk recounts glory days and trying times
Liberty edges Madison Prep in electric atmosphere 58-53
Dorian Booker growing into body, new role with Scotlandville