Time for Louisianians to vote early is running out


    Early voting for the Dec. 5 election wraps up Saturday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m., but state offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving Day and Acadian Day. No voting will take place on those days.  Louisianians planning to cast an early ballot who haven’t done so by Wednesday at 6 p.m., can vote Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m.

    The Dec. 5 ballot includes some runoff elections and a single constitutional amendment, but it is much shorter than the Nov. 3 ballot, and voters aren’t voting for president and U.S. Senate as they were then.  Before the last day of early voting began for last month’s election, 860,840 Louisianians had voted early.  On Wednesday morning, with two days of early voting left, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office published figures showing that 73,396 people had early voted.  That’s not even half the 175,000 people who cast ballots on the first day of early voting in the presidential election.

    The Dec. 5 election is being held according to the same rules that governed last month’s presidential election.  There has been an extended period to vote early and voters at a higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19 can request an absentee ballot because of their higher risk.

    During last month’s election, a total of 3,490 voters used a mail-in ballot that had been requested for a COVID-related reason.