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HARAHAN, La. - Tuesday is the last day for Louisianians to vote early for the November 6 election.

With 227,000 people having already cast their vote, early voting was up 24 percent in comparison to 2008, according to the secretary of state.

In Jefferson Parish, 17,000 people had cast ballots by Monday night, which is more than the entire week's total in 2008, said Jefferson Parish Board of Election Supervisor Dennis DiMarco. He believes the parish can reach 21,000, in comparison to the 15,600 in 2008.

Requests for mail ballots and fax ballots also rose, DiMarco said.

'We think next Tuesday [November 6,] you will probably see a higher turnout than we had four years ago, and that may be hard to beat. Especially in Jefferson Parish, a great deal of interest considering we have no local candidates on the ballot, so that's a remarkable turnout,' he said.

There may be more people than usual at polling places due to it being the last day. However, DiMarco said to take the opportunity.

'If you're here by 6 p.m., you're going to get to vote, if we have to stay here 'til 9 p.m.,' he said.

New Orleans residents can cast their ballots at city hall, the Algiers courthouse or the voting machine warehouse in New Orleans East.

All other parishes can vote at their local registrar of voters' office.

The polls are open from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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