BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Elections officials expect lengthy waits
for voters and a late night of vote tallying Tuesday as Louisiana
residents cast their ballots in presidential, congressional and
Secretary of State Jay Dardenne predicted a voter turnout
topping 70 percent statewide, after a record early voting period
that saw 9 percent of voters casting ballots ahead of the election.
"I think that translates to long lines, particularly in the
heavily populated precincts in urban areas," Dardenne said. "It's
certainly going to be more significant than what people have gotten
used to over the last couple of decades."
The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Besides the presidential race, the top of the ticket features
seeking a third term, challenged by Republican state Treasurer John
Kennedy. Three other lesser-known candidates also are on the
Meanwhile, voters in New Orleans decide whether U.S. Rep.
William Jefferson gets a shot to keep his seat despite the stain of