Early voting begins, workers didn’t expect the turnout

Voters can cast their ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 6 P.M. daily. Early voting ends Saturday February 27th.

Early voting began Saturday and the registrar of voters says so far voting is off to a slow start.

“It’s odd because it’s usually a steady flow of people for early voting.”

The Presidential Primary Election is just two weeks away, and early voting is in full swing across Louisiana.

Doors opened Saturday, February 20th for those looking to beat the lines.

Lafayette Registrar of Voters, Charlene Menard says the turnout wasn’t what she expected for the first weekend.

“We had 273 on Saturday and we have about 150 today, so that just lets us know that the election is going to be a little slow.”

Menard says they anticipated large crowds because of the presidential race.

“We hired extra help to help us with this election. I just can’t believe we’re not that busy.”

In the midst of early voting, Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump is setting up a headquarters here in Lafayette.

“We’re real excited about opening up the first headquarters for the state for Mr. Trump. and we will be opening up towards the end of this week.” said Tim Breaux.

Campaign Co-Chairman, Tim Breaux says he has high hopes for voter support.

 “I think it’s really going to make people aware that we are in a primary vote right now. I went there first thing Saturday morning bright and early to cast my vote, and there was already a line waiting to vote so I think people are really going to get out early and cast their votes.”

Voters can cast their ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 6 P.M. daily. Early voting ends Saturday, February 27th.

Only registered Democrats or Republicans will be able to vote for their party’s nominee.

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