Early voting numbers down in Webster Parish

Early voting was sluggish in advance of this weekend’s runoff election, with fewer than 8 percent of Webster Parish’s registered voters casting ballots.

During the just-ended early voting period for Saturday’s election, 1,989 voters went to the polls in advance that will decide an open U.S. Senate seat, U.S. House seat, Cotton Valley mayor seat, Dixie Inn aldermen seat and two road tax renewals.

That’s a 65 percent decrease of the people who early voted ahead of last month’s primary election, which had the attention-grabbing presidential race on the ballot.

White voters cast early ballots in greater proportions than black voters during the weeklong early voting period, according to statistics released Monday by Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s office.

While 32 percent of registered voters are African-American, only 7 percent of those who cast ballots ahead of Election Day were black. White voters make up 66 percent of registered voters and only 8 percent of those cast ballots early.

Democrats also turned out in greater proportions than their Republican and independent counterparts. While 44 percent of Webster voters are registered democrats, they made up 49 percent of the early voters, according to the data.

Women also out numbered men, with 57 percent of early votes cast by females.

Polls will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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