Early voting for the presidential preference primary and local elections began Saturday and continues through July 4, excluding Sundays.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is encouraging residents to vote during the early voting period, which was extended by six days as part of an emergency plan to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19. Polling commissioners will wear personal protective equipment and regularly sanitize designated areas and wipe down voting machines, he said. Hand sanitizer will be provided to voters and masks are recommended but not required.
Election day for the primary has been pushed back twice because of public health concerns and is now scheduled for July 11. While the major-party nominations for president have been settled, 24 parishes are holding the first round of voting for local elections.
Voters can find early voting locations and sample ballots at the secretary of state’s website and on the GeauxVote mobile app.