Saturday is the last day of early voting in advance of the Dec. 6 elections featuring the U.S. Senate race and two congressional runoffs.

Before a two-day holiday break, nearly 175,000 people had voted, according to elections statistics through Wednesday.

“That’s far more than we saw in the last congressional election in 2010 in which approximately 125,000 registered voters particiapted in early voting,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in a news release.

Schedler said the voting is “somewhat lighter” than the state saw during the November primary when 245,000 people voted early.

East Baton Rouge led the early voting tally with 16,555, followed by St. Tammany with 13,779, Orleans with 13,013 and Jefferson with 10,230. Calcasieu and Lafayette voters were neck-and-neck, with 6,308 and 6,309, respectively.

Early voting sites across the state will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the final day.

Topping the ballot is the U.S. Senate race between veteran Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. In addition, there are runoffs in the Baton Rouge based 6th Congressional District and the sprawling 5th Congressional District which runs from northeast Louisiana southward into the suburban parishes near East Baton Rouge.The 6th District features former four-term Democratic Gov. Edwin Edwards against Republican Garret Graves, who headed Gov. Bobby Jindal’s coastal restoration efforts. The seat is open because Cassidy opted to run for Senate.

In the 5th District, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, a Democrat, faces Alto physician Ralph Abraham, a Republican. The current congressman, Republican Vance McAllister, sought re-election but didn’t make the runoff.

Voters can use Louisiana’s smartphone application, GeauxVote Mobile, to find out where to vote, what’s on their ballot and their voting districts. Similar information is also available on the Secretary of State website, www.sos.la.gov.

Those who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters’ Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations, visit:

http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx

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