Nearly 3,000 vote early in Acadia Parish

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Number down slightly from October; totals are up statewide

Steve Bandy
Managing Editor
Crowley Post-Signal

The turnout for early voting in Acadia Parish was down, but not by very much, compared to the turnout for the October primary.
Registrar of Voters Billie Meyer reported that, as of mid-morning Monday, 2,944 votes had been cast in advance of the Nov. 21 run-off. That’s approximately 7.5 percent of the number of eligible voters in the parish.
During the six days of early voting, 2,472 votes were cast in person at the registrar’s office. As of “mail call” Monday morning, 472 of the 850 mail ballots sent out had been returned.
In October, 3,117 ballots had been cast by the Monday morning following the closing of early voting, and 2,736 of those were in person.
Mail ballots will be accepted by the registrar through Friday, unless they’re from military or from overseas, in which case, Saturday morning is the deadline.
Figures from the Secretary of State’s office indicate about 257,000 votes were cast early statewide. That’s up about 16 percent from primary figures.
Analysts are predicting an overall 44 percent voter turnout for the Nov. 21 election.
The Oct. 24 primary turnout was 39 percent.