Early voting numbers are higher for the Oct. 24 gubernatorial election than they were in 2011, says Webster Parish Registrar of Voters Melanie Smith.

“The early voting numbers are better than the 2011 early voting numbers,” she said.

As of the close of early voting Saturday, a total of 1,702 cast their ballots before Election Day. That number breaks down to 1,478 cast their ballots in person and 224 mailed in their votes, Smith said.

During the 2011 gubernatorial election, only 1,116 cast their ballots early in person with 140 ballots mailed in.

The Advocate reports about 14,000 fewer voters participated in early voting.

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