Louisiana's Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about this election season's early voting, which wraps up across the state Saturday evening.

Ardoin tells KEEL listeners about this year's increased turnout, especially in parishes in our part of the state.

Here are numbers on early voting from thehayride.com:

"...there had been 122,148 votes in two days of the current early voting period (Saturday and Monday). That number is considerably up, some 2.5 times the number of early votes from the 2015 primary election. In fact, in just two days of the seven-day early voting period those 122,148 votes represent better than half of the 234,722 votes cast early in the entire 2015 primary’s early voting period."

And the data also shows that early voting seems to be favoring the GOP. From thehayride.com:

"Four years ago, Republicans were 35.9 percent of the early voters. So far in this period, they’re 42.2 percent. The Democrat share of the early voting has shrunk from 51 percent to 43.6 percent."