Commentary: Get out there and vote early

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Posted on October 11, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 11 at 10:40 PM

Election day is just over a week away in Louisiana, but early voting is already underway. Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos explains why voting early will be important this year in his weekly commentary.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- All this week, through Saturday, voters across Louisiana can vote early for the Oct. 22 statewide primary.

The ballot is full, with races for governor, lieutenant governor and other statewide offices, along with elections for the state Legislature and many local offices.

The ballot also features five proposed amendments to the Louisiana constitution and local propositions as well.

All of which gives voters a host of good reasons to cast their ballots. And thanks to expanded early voting opportunities, there’s really no excuse for failing to exercise this sacred right.

Every parish in the metro area offers at least one place to vote early — typically at the parish courthouse or at City Hall — and some have several places to vote early. A list of early voting locations by parish is available on the secretary of state’s web site at sos.la.gov.

Because Louisiana does not have a hotly contested race for governor this year, many expect a low turnout in this election. But so far, the turnout for early voting has been higher than ever. That’s a very good sign. When voter turnout is high, democracy wins.

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