Terrebonne and Lafourche voters helped break local and statewide early voting records Saturday as the state looks to elect a governor.
Terrebonne and Lafourche registrar of voters said the previous records were easily shattered Saturday as voters turned out for the first day of early voting.
Terrebonne Parish reported a record-breaking 1,847 in-person votes, while Lafourche Parish came in around 2,382 in-person early votes.
“That surpassed October, and October surpassed 2015,” Lafourche Registrar Mike Boudreaux said. “It was non-stop.”
Saturday’s early vote counts set a new record for first-day early voting since the service began over a decade ago. Since then, more voters have been taking advantage of the early voting system, while overall turnout has remained largely unaffected.
Notes: November 2019 turnout numbers in the chart above are a projection based on Saturday's turnout. Elections in which one parish did not have any ballot items were omitted from the chart. If you can't see the chart, click here.
On the first day of early voting for the primary election last month, early votes in Terrebonne Parish totaled 1,045. Lafourche parish averaged about 1,000 early votes each day.
Terrebonne’s first-day turnout in 2015 was half that, at just 563 according to the registrar’s office.
While turnout was expected to be high Saturday, it wasn’t anticipated to be higher than last month, Terrebonne Registrar of Voters Rhonda Rogers said.
Both parishes nearly broke the overall seven-day early voting records last month, but came just shy of the record set during the 2016 presidential election. If Saturday’s high turnout stays on course this week, that record, too, could be broken.
Despite the high turnout, wait times were limited to no more than 10 minutes, Rogers said.
Voters moved in and out just as quickly in Lafourche between the three early voting sites, Boudreaux said.
As early voting continued Monday, the registrars said turnout remained steady.
Early voting will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday at parish early voting sites.
Local ballot items include runoffs for Terrebonne Parish Sheriff, Council Districts 2 and 9; and Lafourche parish judge, parish president and Council District 1.
Voters can preview their ballots online at geauxvote.com.
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