Long lines continue throughout the day for first day of early voting

Long lines continue throughout the day for first day of early voting
Early voting in Baton Rouge (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Voters in Baton Rouge lined up and wrapped around buildings Friday to cast their votes.

At the new early voting at Forest Park, established once officials determined the existing Coursey Boulevard location would not be able to meet proper social distancing guidelines, voters pitched lawn chairs and braced a mid-October cold front, waiting over an hour before polls opened at 8 a.m.

The U.S. presidential election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The following are important dates for Louisiana residents who wish to vote in the presidential election:

  • Friday, Oct. 16 through Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Early voting for the presidential election will be held in Louisiana from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., excluding Sunday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 25.
  • Friday, Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. - The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through our by clicking here or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters)
  • Monday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. - The deadline for a Registrar of Voters to receive a voted mail ballot (other than military and overseas voters)
  • Click the link here for a direct link to early voting locations around Louisiana

For more information on voter registration and voting in Louisiana, click here to visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.

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