Early voting begins tomorrow for the October 14th election, but Secretary of State Tom Schedler doesn’t expect a big turnout. Three constitutional amendments, the state treasurer’s race and a few big local elections are on the ballot. However, Schedler says there has not been much publicity.
“It is amazing, across the board to see how many undecided votes by polling data that exist at this late stage. It’s time for everybody to get engaged.”
There is also a vacant Public Service Commissioner seat on the ballot for many voters in south Louisiana, as Scott Angelle left his post to work for President Donald Trump. Schedler says there is a continuing pattern of a loss of interest in smaller elections.
“It’s just a lot of frustration, people are mad. We’ve all kind of gotten into our corners and we all need to come to grips with some of the issues of the day and recognize we live in one of the freest countries in the world.”
Early voting is from 8:30 am to 6 p.m. and starts Saturday and continues through October 7th, except on Sunday. Schedler advises voters to use the GeauxVote app to see what is on the ballot and where to vote. He’s expecting an extremely low turnout.
“I would not be surprised if we struggled to get to 20% and that is really a sad note. I certainly hope I’m dramatically wrong in that.”