Louisiana elections chief: Turnout for Oct. 24 election could dip below 50 percent _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Voters come and go in a blur of motion on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, as early voting continued at the State Archives Building on Essen Lane.

The number of Louisiana voters casting early ballots in this year’s state-wide races is down, compared to last fall’s U.S. Senate race, according to an analysisfrom a local political consultant and pollster.

In his latest early voting analysis, John Couvillion of JMC Enterprises writes that at the early voting period’s midway-point, voting is down 8 percent compared to last year. Black voting is down and GOP voting has seen an uptick.

Based on those figures, Couvillion has lowered his voter turnout prediction from 46-58 percent to 42-54 percent.

Read the full analysis here.

Early voting in Louisiana runs through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Voters can view the list of early voting locations here and access more information through the Secretary of State’s GeauxVote.com website.

The primary election will take place Oct. 24, with a Nov. 21 runoff when needed.

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