Early voting numbers strikingly low ahead of Shreveport’s bond election

Election Day is Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
Election Day is Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.(WILX)
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 11:31 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - On Saturday, Dec. 11, Shreveport city leaders will learn the fate of a mammoth $242 million bond proposal, which aims to improve and upgrade various aspects of the city’s aging infrastructure, from a new police station to installing intelligent traffic signals.

But according to staggering new numbers from the Caddo Registrar of Voters, hardly a fraction of registered voters in the city have cast a ballot, early or absentee.

As of Wednesday morning, 3,893 absentee ballots have been received by the registrar’s office. Only 632 people voted early in Shreveport. Combined, that’s 4,525 votes.

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Some of the propositions include money for public safety, streets, and parks and recreation, among other items.

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Dale Sibley, the registrar of voters in Caddo Parish, reports that figure is less than 2% to 3% of eligible voters in Shreveport. Combined, Sibley says the city fluctuates between 110,000 and 120,000 registered voters.

Early voting for Saturday’s election ended Dec. 4.

Click here for a complete list of voting locations for Saturday’s election. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

A complete breakdown of Shreveport’s bond proposal can be found here.

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