Nathan Stubbs

Lafayette sees near-record turnout

by Nathan Stubbs

Lafayette Parish saw 70.18 percent of its registered voters turn out for Tuesday’s election, besting the overall state turnout of 66.5 percent. The turnout is not quite a record for the parish, but Clerk of Court Louis Perret says it's the highest turnout for a presidential election in at least 40 years. “Beyond that, the records aren’t as clear,” he says. The number is still significantly less than the 78 percent of voters who turned out for the state election in 1991, where David Duke and Edwin Edwards faced off in the gubernatorial race.