New election time change takes effect

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Some people in East Baton Rouge and Jefferson parishes will be voting for a new state representative Saturday.

You are warned not to show up too early because this is the first election in which voting hours have changed.

"The hours of operation at polling locations are 7 [a.m.] to 8 [p.m.], not 6 [a.m.] to 8 [p.m.]," said Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler. "That is something new that took effect January 1. The federal elections remain the same, but this is the first election that we'll open up at 7 [a.m.]."

He added one reason for the change is that very few people were actually showing up to vote prior to 7 a.m.

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