Early voting is ahead of 2018 levels
Published 10:30 am Friday, November 4, 2022
Early voting appears to be up in Washington Parish compared to the mid-term election four years ago, according to unofficial records from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.
There were 4,251 votes cast in the parish during the early voting period, which lasted from Tuesday, Oct. 25, until Tuesday, Nov. 2. Of those votes, 1,893 were cast by registered Democratic Party voters, 1,763 were cast by registered Republican Party voters, and 595 were cast by other registered voters.
Statewide, there were 368,716 votes cast during the early voting period. The early voting period includes both absentee and in-person voting.
In the mid-term election four years ago, the number of early voters was significantly smaller.
In early voting for the Nov. 6, 2018, election, there were 3,211 early votes cast in Washington Parish. That means there were 1,040 more early votes cast in this year’s election compared to 2018, according to the unofficial statistics.
In the 2018 election, there were 1,502 votes cast by registered Democrats, 1,285 votes cast by registered Republicans and 424 cast by other registered voters.
Statewide, there were 315,733 votes cast during the early voting period.
There were 9,581 early votes cast in Washington Parish in the 2020 November election, but in that year the U.S. president’s race was on the ballot. There were 986,428 early votes cast statewide in that election.
Due to an early press deadline, Tuesday’s election results will not be completed in time to be published in the Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, print edition of The Daily News. However, the results will be available as soon as possible on the Daily News’ website at www.bogalusadailynews.com, as well as the newspaper’s Facebook page.
The complete election results will be published in print in the Weekend Edition, Nov. 12-13, 2022, of The Daily News.
Polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and remain open until 8 p.m. Voters in line by 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Voters headed to the polls should take one of the following with them: a driver’s license, a Louisiana Special ID, LA Wallet digital driver’s license, a United States military identification card that contains the applicant’s name and picture, or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains the applicant’s name and signature.
Voters who have no picture ID may complete and sign a Voter Identification Affidavit in order to vote. However, it is subject to challenge by law.
In addition to state and local races, Washington Parish voters will also decide on eight proposed amendments to the state constitution.