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|Early voting light|
Only seven people cast absentee ballots in the first days of early voting this week.
Voters will go to the polls Saturday, Sept. 4 in the statewide party primaries. In Franklin Parish, only registered Republicans will be allowed to vote in the race.
"It's just for the Republicans," said Geneva Cupp, Franklin Parish Voter Registrar. "Only members of the Republican Party can vote."
That's because 5th District Rep. Rodney Alexander only has one opponent for re-election - Rayville Republican Andy Clack.
Since no Democrats qualified to challenge Alexander, the two fifth district congressional candidates will have the ballot to themselves.
With less than 3,500 registered Republicans in Franklin Parish, Cupp said she had expected lower than normal interest.
"We just haven't had much of a turnout," Cupp said.
Early voting continues through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the registrar's office in the Franklin Parish Court-house.