Strong early voting numbers in Louisiana ahead of election
BATON ROUGE (AP) - More than 307,000 Louisiana residents have voted in advance of next week's election, exceeding the state's early voting turnout for all but presidential election years.
State data shows 10 percent of Louisiana's nearly 3 million voters cast ballots in the weeklong early voting period that ended Tuesday, in races for secretary of state, six U.S. House seats and other positions.
The secretary of state's office predicts turnout will reach 30 to 35 percent on Election Day.
By comparison, 245,000 people voted early in the 2014 primary, which featured a contested U.S. Senate race and 235,000 people voted early in the 2015 gubernatorial primary.
The 2012 presidential election drew nearly 357,000 early voters in Louisiana, and the 2016 competition between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton saw 531,000 people casting ballots early.
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