A long ballot translated Tuesday into long lines at some East Baton Rouge Parish locations as early voting kicked off with robust voter interest, a parish official said.
“It’s just going to be a big election, and of course the ballot’s long,” East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Elaine Lamb said.
Lamb reported strong voter turnout at the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Coursey Boulevard branch and at the Louisiana State Archives Building on Essen Lane.
“It’s just been moving a little bit slower because of the long ballot,” she said. “Some are coming with a cheat sheet.”
Lamb said some early voters asked to review a list of the 14 proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot, which also includes congressional races.
Some 30,000 parish residents voted early in the fall 2012 election, she noted.
“I think it’s going to be big just like that,” Lamb said of this fall’s early voting in East Baton Rouge.
Early voting in the parish runs through next Tuesday, excluding Sunday. Ballots also can be cast at City Hall on St. Louis Street and the Baker Motor Vehicle Building on Main Street.