Early voting for the Dec. 6 runoff election begins this Saturday, Nov. 22, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 29.
Early voting locations will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. However, polling locations will be closed Sunday, Nov. 23, and will also be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office is urging people to vote early.
Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:52 pm
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday.
An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage. The decisive 41st "No" vote came with 55 votes in favor, and the final tally was 59-41.
Edwin Edwards, the 87-year-old former four-term Louisiana governor who spent more than eight years in federal prison, has earned a runoff spot against Republican Garret Graves in the state's 6th Congressional District.
Graves and Edwards will face each other on the Dec. 6 ballot.
Voters' views of Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Louisiana, according to the preliminary results of exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and television networks. Three of the eight candidates were considered major and invited to debates: Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness, who was backed by the tea party.
The only Democrat in Louisiana's House delegation, Cedric Richmond, has been successful in his bid for re-election to a third term.
Richmond faced two other Democrats, Rufus Johnson and Gary Landrieu, along with Libertarian Samuel Davenport and independent David Brooks in Tuesday's election.
Richmond, who is the only African-American in the state's congressional delegation, first won the 2nd District seat in 2010, when, the district tied together predominantly black areas of New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish.