Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson is projecting a voter turnout of around 50% for the Feb. 1 municipal elections, both for the early voting period and on Election Day.
"I'm thinking that close to half the voting population, if not a little more, will probably participate in this contest," Wilson said in an interview with 99.5FM.
"I'm thinking that this is a big election, it's a high interest election. It's municipal offices, and with the mayor's race I'm sure that we'll have a good turnout," Wilson said.
The early voting period began Saturday, January 18 and will end Saturday, January 25. Wilson says early voting will not be conducted on Monday, January 20 because of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.
Voters who choose to vote early can do so at the following locations: City Hall, the Algiers Courthouse, the voting machine warehouse at 8870 Chef Menteur Highway and at a new site at the Regional Transportation Management Center on Veterans Blvd at West End Blvd. The new site will be open only on Saturday, January 25.
Early voting hours are from 8:30am to 6pm at all locations.