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Early voters set parish record for ballots cast

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Early and absentee voters in Bossier Parish turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in the 2016 election according to figures reported to the parish Police Jury by

Registrar of Voters, Stephanie Agee. Agee said her office recorded 11,168 ballots sent by mail and those voters who came into the office at the parish courthouse in Benton during the seven-day early voting period that ended Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Saturday’s numbers (Oct. 29) were the most recorded for any single day in the registrar’s office when 1,339 ballots were cast, Agee said. By comparison, 1,268 residents cast early ballots four years ago, she pointed out.

“We had a thousand-plus voters on the very first day,” Agee said. “I don’t believe anyone figured the numbers would be this high.”