Early voting sets record in St. Mary Parish
MORGAN CITY, La. — St. Mary Parish set record numbers for early voting, which ended Tuesday, prior to the Nov. 6 presidential election.
A total of 5,236 voters have cast their ballots early in-person or mail-in absentee as of Tuesday evening, said Jolene Holcombe of the St. Mary Parish Registrar of Voters. The office is waiting on about 200 more mail-in votes to come in, she said. A total of 2,845 voters cast their ballots early in Morgan City.
With the current early voting totals, more than 15 percent of the 34,127 registered voters in St. Mary Parish have already voted.
“Our early voting numbers are constantly going up (year to year),” Holcombe said.
The previous early voting record high in St. Mary Parish was from the 2008 presidential election where approximately 4,600 residents voted early, Holcombe said.
The final daily total for St. Mary Parish early voting on Tuesday added up to 1,101 votes with 619 of those votes coming from the Morgan City polling station. The Wednesday total for the parish and Morgan City surpassed the previous daily total highs from Monday by 276 parish votes and 171 Morgan City votes.
The record-high early voting totals are not expected to translate to Tuesday’s election, Holcombe said, adding that she still guesses the voter turnout for the election will be around 60 percent compared to the record nearly 69 percent turnout for the 2008 presidential election.