A high voter turnout will likely follow the strongest showing ever for early voting in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to Registrar of Voters Shanika Olinde.
Turnout could total between 60 and 70 percent of the registered voters Saturday, according to Olinde.
Clear skies and the arrival of cooler temperatures will likely draw more voters to the polls. In addition, the 7 p.m. kickoff for the SEC showdown between LSU and Florida will likely ensure a stronger showing during the day, she said.
“It could definitely make a difference,” Olinde said.
Polls in Pointe Coupee and across Louisiana will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Early vote totals will be announced shortly after polls close, she said.
A total of 3,338 voter participated in the early process in the six-day span between Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. The final tally eclipsed the total of 2,585 for the November 2016 election, which included the Presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton. High profile races – including the statewide gubernatorial race and elections for sheriff and representative in Pointe Coupee Parish – played a considerable role in the strong turnout.
The convenience also helps, Olinde said.
“Early voting has really caught on in Pointe Coupee Parish,” she said. “People realize you don’t have to have a reason to early vote – you just come out, and it makes it convenient."
In a breakdown of the Pointe Coupee turnout, a total of 1,975 voters were white and 1.347 were African American, along with 16 listed as “other,” in the rundown released by Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin.
Females comprised 1,962 of the total voters, edging out the male tally of 1,931. A total of 836 early voters were registered Democrats and 540 were Republican.
The high numbers in Pointe Coupee Parish follow suit with a growing trend for early voting statewide. A record number of 374,208 cast votes statewide.
In surrounding parishes , St. Landry drew 5,602 voters for the early process. Iberville had 4,974, West Baton Rouge 3,634 and West Feliciana 1,952.
East Baton Rouge led the state overwhelmingly with 41,297 voters, followed by St. Tammany (25,390), Orleans (24,631), Jefferson (23,579) and Lafayette (12,111).