Early voting underway in Louisiana

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 9:36am

Early voting kicked off in Louisiana Tuesday with voters ready to have their voice heard.

Early voters like Roy Cary said "I wanted to make sure that I got out and voted early" especially since the primary elections had such a low turnout.  Ann and Hugo Holland believe that it is our right as American citizens to vote especially since many other countries do not have the same privilege.  Hugo Holland noted that "If you don't vote, then you have no right to complain."

Those were some of the reasons why Caddo Parish citizens decided to come out and vote on the first day of early voting with expectations that more people will get out and vote than in the primary.

Ernie Roberson, Registrar of Voters in Caddo Parish forecasts that he expects the turnout to be better than the primary, but does not expect the numbers "near where it was in 2008 and 2006."  For the primary election, Roberson noted that about 1600 voters turned out.

Voters can expect quite a few races on the midterm election ballot including U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, a special election for Lieutenant Governor, Mayor of Shreveport, three city council districts, school board districts and ten constitutional amendments.

So far, the early voting process is running smoothly as long as you come prepared.  Roberson reminds voters to have your ID with you and be ready to vote when you arrive by checking through the constitutional amendments and all races included on the ballot beforehand at www.caddovoter.org.  Roberson does not expect any long waits during the week, but possibly on Saturday.

Ann and Hugo Holland shared their early voting experience noting that it was easy and "we voted in less than five or ten minutes."  Cary urges everyone to get out early to have their voice cast by voting to avoid any possible long lines.

All registered Caddo Parish voters can vote early through October 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding Sunday, at the Registrar of Voters' office at 525 Marshall St. in downtown Shreveport.

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