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Virus didn’t affect early voting

There were 830 early votes cast in St. Landry Parish when it ended on Saturday.
That compares to 1,101 votes cast in the 2016 presidential primary.
Cheryl Milburn, parish registrar of voters, thought the turnout was good and didn’t believe the virus situation kept voters away.
Early voting was held June 30 to July 4.
The difference in this year’s presidential and the one in 2016 is the candidates had already won their party nominations this year by the time Louisiana voted.
There were also 1,410 absentee ballots cast, she said. That exceeds the 505 mail-in ballots cast in 2016.
Milburn attributed the increase to the applications for mail ballots sent this year to voters over 65 years old and another group over 60 due to the coronavirus.
The Presidential Preference Primary will be held on July 11.
Only Democrats and Republicans can cast a vote for the Presidential Preference Primary.
Grand Coteau voters will decide on a millage proposition for fire protection in the July 11 vote.
In state voting, there were 183,653 early votes cast.

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