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Elections often bring questions of how many registered voters will show up at the polls. In the case of the Nov. 6 election, it has brought quite a surprise.     

A record total of 6,283 parish residents participated in early voting, which set a record for pre-Election Day turnout in Livingston Parish.

It’s difficult to determine what exactly generated the buzz. The school resource officer tax may have led some voters to the polls.

Some may have looked at other issues on the ballot, including the congressional race or secretary of state election or maybe mayoral races.

In the end, it’s anybody’s guess.

The strong turnout, however, cannot qualify as anything other than an encouraging sign about the voting population here in Livingston Parish. The same notion can apply statewide, based on a total of more than 307,000 voters who took advantage of early voting.

Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters Jared Andrews said he expects between 30 percent and 40 percent will show up at the polls on Tuesday.

The figure is roughly the same statewide, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

It’s a far cry from the dismal 8 percent recorded in Livingston Parish just short of a year ago.

It also brings a sense of encouragement that perhaps the voter population here realizes their vote counts.

Let’s hope the same will apply on Nov. 6 for those who were not able to cast their vote in the early session.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the election -- plenty enough time to make your vote count.

EDITORIAL

Early voting totals a major surprise

Elections often bring questions of how many registered voters will show up at the polls. In the case of the Nov. 6 election, it has brought quite a surprise.

A record total of 6,283 parish residents participated in early voting, which set a record for pre-Election Day turnout in Livingston Parish.

It's difficult to determine what exactly generated the buzz. The school resource officer tax may have led some voters to the polls.

Some may have looked at other issues on the ballot, including the congressional race or secretary of state election or maybe mayoral races.

In the end, it's anybody's guess.

The strong turnout, however, cannot qualify as anything other than an encouraging sign about the voting population here in Livingston Parish. The same notion can apply statewide, based on a total of more than 307,000 voters who took advantage of early voting.

Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters Jared Andrews said he expects between 30 percent and 40 percent will show up at the polls on Tuesday. The figure is roughly the same statewide, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

It's a far cry from the dismal 8 percent recorded in Livingston Parish just short of a year ago. It also brings a sense of encouragement that perhaps the voter population here realizes their vote counts.

Let's hope the same will apply on Nov. 6 for those who were not able to cast their vote in the early session. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the election -- plenty enough time to make your vote count.

 

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