NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Secretary of State Tom Schedler encourages all registered members to consider voting early, as the March 5 Presidential Preference Primary allows political parties to express their preference for a candidate.
Polling locations open this Saturday and continues through Feb. 27. Voters can cast their ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, Feb. 21.
In Louisiana, the primary and the state and local party elections are the only closed elections held statewide. That means voters can only cast ballots for a candidate affiliated with the party in which the voter is registered. However, in 24 parishes statewide, all voters, no matter party, will be casting ballots in local elections as well. Those parishes include Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa.
"Louisiana has a large number or unaffiliated or no party voters who aren't eligible to participate in the PPP, but should vote in any local elections for their area," Schedler said. "Early voting is a convenient way to get your ballot cast ahead of time and is typically quick and easy."