A total of 316 ballots were cast as of Saturday, Aug. 21, when early voting concluded. A total of 228 voters cast ballots in person, and 88 were accepted via mail.
Statistically, 296 whites cast early ballots, while 19 blacks and one independent voter cast ballots.
A total of 147 early voters were male and 169 were female.
A total of 136 were identified as registered Democrats, while 168 were registered as Republicans. A total of 12 were registered as “other.”
Only Congressional offices are on the ballot. Three parties have primaries for U.S. Senator—Democratic, Republican and Libertarian. Several Congressional districts also have primaries for U.S. Representative.
One in five Louisiana voters will be able to cast their ballots in the first-ever Libertarian Party primary in state history.
The state has 3,500 registered Libertarians, but the party allows the state’s 665,000 unaffiliated voters to also participate in the Aug. 28 primary election.
The primary election could be the last for the party because the state is returning in 2012 to its open primary system in which all candidates run with the two top vote-getters meeting in a subsequent runoff election.
In Congressional primaries, voting rules differ depending on party affiliation. Registered Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians may only vote in their party’s primary. Voters registered with a non-recognized party, or those without party affiliation, may choose to vote in either the Democratic or Libertarian primaries, but not both. Voters registered with the Green or Reform parties are not allowed to participate in the primary elections.
Voters can verify all of their voter information, including party affiliation, address and polling place, by visiting www.GeauxVote.com.