Voters kick off early voting in presidential primary
BATON ROUGE- Thousands of Louisiana residents headed to the polls on Saturday - the first day of early voting in the presidential primary.
Early voting continues in Louisiana through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Primary election day is March 5.
According to data from the Secretary of State's Office, about 25,000 people already have cast ballots in the March 5 elections - with registered Democrats slightly outpacing registered Republicans. About 11,500 of those were in-person voters on the first day of early voting. Others mailed in ballots.
Only voters who are registered to one of the two political parties will be able to vote for their party's nominee in the presidential race because, unlike most elections in Louisiana, the presidential primary is a closed primary.