State Rep blames holidays for low early voter turnout

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Early voting ended Saturday, but a lawsuit between a state representative and the Secretary of State continues.
Rep. Marcus Hunter wanted the early voting period extended due to the holidays, but a judge denied it.
The early voting period fell in the midst of a holiday, where many registered voters were traveling and registrar of voters offices were not open as many days.
Instead of seven days for early voting, there were only five.
Hunter says Secretary Schedler had the power to overrule that judgement.
Hunter is currently suing the Secretary of State.

"Having a split right in the middle creates a cancer in the early voting it breaks routine and breaks tradition," Hunter said.

"I commend Rep. Hunter for what he is doing the law is clear, that individuals should receive a minimum number of days," Political Analyst Joshua Stockley said.

Hunter doesn't know why Schedler wouldn't extend the early voting period.

"Why would you restrict the days you want to look at every possible opportunity absentee, early voting and election day," Hunter said.

"I don't think in this particular election we're going to see a significant drop off in turnout or we've seen a significant drop off in registration," Stockley said.

Hunter is drafting bills to protect voters from losing early voting days to the holidays in the future.