A total of 1,521 St. Mary Parish voters cast their ballots early for the Dec. 8 run-off election compared to the 4,135 voters who voted early for the Nov. 6 primary election.
There were 1,068 votes cast in Morgan City for early in-person voting, which ended Saturday.
In St. Mary Parish, 251 voters voted Friday, and 277 voters voted Saturday.
“We’re not surprised that (voting) numbers dropped off considerably,” said Jolene Holcombe of the St. Mary Parish Registrar of Voters Office. Early voting for the November primary election saw more voters turn out partly because of the presidential race and city council races, Holcombe said.
“We still have a lot of mail ballots we haven’t received yet,” Holcombe said. The early voting numbers will probably reach 1,600 votes by the time all mail ballots come in, she said.
Voters had different reasons for voting early in Morgan City.
“I hunt. I vote early so I don’t have to wait until weekends,” said Kenny Alfred of Bayou Vista, who voted early Friday at the St. Mary Parish Registrar of Voters Office in Morgan City.
The U.S. representative race was more important than the judicial race for him, he said.
“I used to be a parish councilman so I know how important it is to vote,” Alfred said.
Accessibility was another reason some people voted early.
“It’s easier to come (to vote early) being handicapped,” said Hebert Estay of Patterson
The congressional race was also the most important race to Estay, he said, and when asked, said the main political issue for him is crime.
“I just hope we don’t have a lot of crime. That’s about all I can say,” Estay said.
Barbara Watson of Morgan City passed by the St. Mary Registrar of Voters Office in Morgan City Friday, which reminded her to vote early, she said. “The reason for voting early is because of Christmas shopping,” she said.
Watson plans to go Christmas shopping out of town and so she was afraid if she did not vote early she might forget to vote. The Morgan City mayoral race is the most important run-off race for her, she said.
Tom and Kathy McGinnis of Bayou Vista voted early because they were leaving to go on vacation in Florida and would not be in town on election day, they said.
Voters can still mail in their ballots. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Tuesday and the deadline for the registrar’s office to receive the ballots is Dec. 7.
On the ballot is the Morgan City mayoral runoff between Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi and Lee Dragna. Parish and Morgan City voters will also vote for 1st circuit court of appeal judge between William Dupont and Mitch Theriot and to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat sought by incumbent Republicans Charles Boustany of Lafayette and Jeff Landry of New Iberia.