Early Voting Ends Saturday In Louisiana Congressional Runoff

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's weeklong early voting period wraps up Saturday in the April 24 runoff election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat for a district centered in New Orleans and extending up the Mississippi River into Baton Rouge.

Two Democratic state senators from New Orleans — Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson — are competing for the 2nd District seat. They were the top two vote-getters among 15 candidates in the March primary.

The job is open because Democratic congressman Cedric Richmond left to work for President Joe Biden after winning reelection in the fall.

Also on the April 24 ballot are special runoff elections for a seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education representing northwestern Louisiana and a seat in the state House representing Jefferson Parish. Several parishes also have elections for local offices and tax issues.

The secretary of state’s office said 23 parishes have no elections this month.