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The count: Registered voters in New Orleans who voted early in the Oct. 14 election 

6.1 percent

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Fifteen-thousand six-hundred twenty-eight people voted during the weeklong early voting period in citywide elections from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7, roughly 6 percent of the city's 257,768 voters.

  According to the Louisiana Secretary of State, 66 percent of early voters were African-American, 61 percent were women and nearly 80 percent were Democrats.

  Among changing voter demographics is the rise in voters between the ages of 18 and 34. More than 84,000 voters in Orleans Parish are between the ages of 18 and 34, outnumbered only by voters older than 55 (roughly 89,000), but nearly twice as much as the block of votes older than 65 (46,746). "If [young voters] turn out, they could make a huge difference in a lot of elections," UNO pollster and political science professor Ed Chervenak told Gambit's Clancy DuBos in September. "They are a ticking time bomb waiting to go off."


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