Early voting continues all this week for the Feb. 1 citywide elections. That's the topic of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEWORLEANS-- They used to call it 'absentee voting.' But now everyone votes early in Louisiana.

Early voting for the Feb 1 New Orleans elections began this past Saturday and continues through this coming Saturday.

It's not just a matter of convenience, though early voting certainly makes it easier than ever to fulfill your civic duty. The real goal is to increase voter turnout so that elections truly reflect the public will. But that only happens if voters actually turn out.

New Orleans has three locations open daily for early voting: City Hall, the Algiers Courthouse, and the voting machine warehouse on Chef Menteur Highway, in eastern New Orleans. And on Saturday, you can also vote early at the state's Regional Transportation Management Center in Lakeview.

Of course, if you want to watch the entire campaign, you can always vote on Feb. 1. But if you have made up your mind, early voting is a great way to show you care about New Orleans' future.

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