BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The upcoming presidential election has no doubt gotten voters' attention, but political leaders are wondering whether that interest will turn into actual votes, especially in Louisiana where residents are still recovering from devastating floods.
"The ballot has been printed and there's no turning back at this point," said Secretary of State Tom Schedler.
Time is winding down for Schedler and political candidates to persuade voters to get to the polls on November 8. While a presidential election on a Tuesday typically garners a lot of attention, Schedler said this time around there's no telling what the turnout will be.
"It is truly an unpredictable election cycle. We've had everything that could possibly happen in this election occur," Schedler said.
The biggest thing that happened for Louisiana was the August flood. Schedler said while no voting machines were damaged, 65 voting locations were damaged. Those precincts, which represent an estimated 65,000 voters in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes have been moved.
To help those voters find their assigned polling place, the Louisiana Geaux Vote app has added a navigation feature which takes people right to the voting location.
"We will have individuals at those sites to direct folks who don't get that info through newspaper or mail pieces that we will be sending," Schedler said.
While this election season comes with a unique set of challenges, Schedler said he is confident voters who choose to exercise their right will find a way to make their vote count.
"I always tell people, when confronted with this, that if we can put on an election after Katrina that we held in Birmingham, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas, we can certainly handle something in the parishes here in Louisiana," Schedler said.
Louisiana voters have a little extra incentive to get to the polls this time around. The Secretary of State's Office along with the George Rodrigue Foundation unveiled a sticker featuring the Louisiana Blue Dog.
The late artist is known for capturing Louisiana's heritage with the dog being the focal point of each image.
His wife, Wendy and his two sons were there for the big reveal. Every Louisiana voter who casts a ballot will get one.