Twelve percent of Louisiana’s 2.9 million registered voters have already cast their votes for Tuesday’s election, compared to the 15 percent of voters in St. Mary Parish who have already voted.
More than 343,000 Louisiana residents have voted early compared to about 292,000 residents in the 2008 Presidential Election, according to data from the Secretary of State’s office.
The early voting totals do not include all absentee votes. Absentee voting totals will not be calculated until the end of voting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, said Meg Casper, press secretary with the Secretary of State’s office.
About 5,185 St. Mary Parish voters voted early this election compared to about 4,600 voters in 2008.
More than 175,000 registered Democrats, more than 118,000 registered Republicans and more than 49,000 other-party registered voters have voted early statewide. A total of 2,661 registered Democrats, 1,734 registered Republicans, and 790 other-party registered voters cast ballots early in the parish.
Statewide, a total of more than 218,000 white voters, more than 114,000 black voters, and more than 10,000 voters of other races have voted early. In St. Mary Parish, 3,545 white voters, 1,531 black voters, and 109 voters of other races have voted.
Male voters have cast more than 148,000 votes and female voters have cast more than 194,000 votes in the state compared to 2,388 male voters and 2,797 female voters in St. Mary Parish.
Absentee voters face deadline
Absentee voters have until 4:30 p.m. Monday to return their mail-in ballots prior to Tuesday’s election.
Military voters, U.S. citizens residing outside the country and hospitalized patients have until the close of the polls at 8 p.m. Tuesday to return their mail-in ballots to the St. Mary Parish Registrar of Voters office at 500 Main St., Room 301 in Franklin.
Voters wishing to return their ballots in person may also do so at 301 Third Street in Morgan City, but all mail-in votes should be mailed to Franklin, said Joni Ronsonet, chief deputy with the St. Mary Parish Registrar of Voters.