With interest in the November 3 election at sky-high levels, record-breaking early voting has ended in Washington Parish.
Parish Registrar of Voters Randy Strickland says the early voting is heavier than anything he has seen before. According to statistics from the Louisiana Secretary of State's office, 9,436 early ballots were cast in Washington Parish for the 2020 election, compared to 6,387 in 2016.
Strickland believes the Nov. 3 election overall will have a huge turnout. Between early voting, mail voting, and regular voting on Election Day, he looks for a turnout of between 63% and 66% of the registered voters in the parish. Heavy early voting turnout is not limited to Washington Parish. Across Louisiana and, in fact, across the country, voting officials reported record-breaking turnout.
High interest is driven by the race for president between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. But in Washington Parish there is also plenty of interest in local races, such as the Mayor's election in Franklinton. Also on the ballot are ten candidates seeking five seats on the Franklinton Town Council. Voters will also see a race for a District Court judgeship, for District Attorney, for U.S. Congressman, and for U.S. Senator. That's not all ---- the lengthy ballot has other races on it, as well as proposed state Constitutional Amendments to be approved or denied. Two Washington Parish fire districts have millage or bond propositions on the ballot. Aldermen are being elected in Angie, and a Bogalusa City Court Judge election is also on the ballot. Two parish constables will be elected.
Election day is Tuesday, November 3. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Any one in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Strickland notes, "Because of the heavy turnout and also the need for social distancing, voters might have to wait a little longer than usual. Please be patient."