The number of registered voters in St. Mary Parish increased by 461 voters compared to the number in the fall of 2008. Voter registration is up 143 voters in Morgan City from 2008.
In St. Mary Parish, a total of 21,254 white voters are on the voter rolls, which is down seven voters from 2008. Black voter enrollment is at 11,411; which went up 305 voters since 2008. Enrollment for other races is at 1,462 voters, up 163 voters.
In Morgan City, 5,766 white voters registered by the Oct. 9 deadline, which is up four voters since 2008. Black voter numbers came in at 1,886 having increased by 57 voters. Other races registered totaled 392, an increase of 82 voters.
The party breakdown in St. Mary Parish is 17,256 Democrats; 8,161 Republicans; and 8,710 voters registered with other parties. Democratic voters are down by 1,549. Republican voters are up by 1,061; and other-party voters increased by 949.
The party breakdown in Morgan City is 3,741 Democrats; 2,169 Republicans; and 2,134 registered with other parties. Democratic registered voters decreased by 394. Republican voters increased by 290, and other-party voters increased by 213.
The registrar’s office said it is too early to gauge what voter turnout might be because early voting just began Tuesday. The office normally waits until closer to the end of early voting on Oct. 30 to give projections for overall voter turnout, said Chief Deputy Joni Ronsonet.
A total of 781 St. Mary Parish residents have voted early, which includes absentee ballots. The total number of early voters in Morgan City is at 423 ballots submitted as of Tuesday, Ronsonet said.