Early voting begins Saturday for the Dec. 6 elections featuring the U.S. Senate race at the top of the ballot.

Early voting runs through Nov. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday as well as Thursday and Friday, which are holidays.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler on Wednesday encouraged eligible voters to consider voting early.

“Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, early voting is shortened by two days for this election,” Schedler said in a news release. “This is always a busy time of year with families traveling and time off of work, but it’s important not to forget about the Dec. 6 election, especially with the congressional runoffs as well as many important local races. By casting your ballot early, you can vote on your own schedule when it’s most convenient. Don’t make excuses. Go vote!”

Besides the statewide race between veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, there are runoffs for congressional seats in the Baton Rouge-based 6th District and the meandering 5th District that runs from northeast Louisiana into the Baton Rouge area.

Voters can use the elections office’s smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to find out where to vote, what’s on their ballot and their voting districts.

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 www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAnd Voting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx.

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call (225) 922-0900.