Large variety of absentee ballots might delay some election outcomes, Sec. of State says


BATON ROUGE – A file 964,181 Louisianians voted early and that high-turnout pattern is predicted to proceed on Election Day.

“We anticipate about 1.1 to 1.2 million extra voters to take part,” Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin mentioned.

Ardoin says strains Tuesday might not less than mirror the crowds seen throughout early voting.

“COVID-19 points, I feel are going to gradual the method down somewhat bit or seem like it is elongated, by way of strains,” Ardoin mentioned.

It could not solely be voting that takes somewhat bit longer, but in addition the method of counting all of the votes after polls shut.

“I anticipate the primary set of numbers to begin trickling in would be the in-person, early voting, behind that can be in-person election day votes,” Ardoin mentioned. “I anticipate that for some parishes, the extra populated parishes, the lasts votes that’ll are available in would be the tallies for absentee balloting.”

The sheer variety of absentee ballots, Ardoin mentioned, might delay outcomes throughout the state. In 2016, 64,000 absentee ballots had been returned, of the 90,000 requested. To date for this election, greater than 220,000 absentee ballots had been requested and 180,000 have already been returned.

Ardoin says these kind of ballots merely take extra time to course of.

“If I had been in an area race and it was tight, I might not declare myself the winner, if it is a actually tight race, since you simply do not know the way lengthy it should take to depend these absentee ballots,” Ardoin mentioned.

In previous elections, Ardoin says the state has been in a position to have full, however unofficial outcomes round midnight following Election Day.

With the file variety of absentee ballots, voters ought to anticipate these outcomes someday Wednesday.

“I might say early Wednesday, to noon, our hope is to have it within the wee hours of Wednesday morning, but it surely may go later, as a result of if it does take somewhat bit longer in populated parishes, we clearly cannot make them work 24 hours,” Ardoin says.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and can stay open till 8 p.m. Folks in line when the polls shut can be permitted to vote.

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