Early voting is in progress for the Louisiana Presidential Primary.  February 20th through February 27 voters can cast early ballots daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations in Calcasieu Parish:

Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court - 1000 Ryan St room 7                                             West Calcasieu Business Center - 500 A.N. Huntington St.- bldg 9                             Mos Bluff Library - 261 Parish Rd.

In other locations a list of other early voting places in Louisiana is on the secretary of state's website.  Keep in mind only voters who are registered democrat or republican will be able to vote for their party’s nominee because, the presidential primary is a closed primary. Click here for the currant standings.

In the Democratic Primary the candidates include, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a handful of lesser-known candidates. At stake here in Louisiana are 58 Democratic delegates. Click here for the currant standings.

In Republican primary side, 47 delegates are up for grabs and candidates include Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Ohio Gov. John Kasich and finally Dr. Ben Carson.

So what exactly is the Presidential Primary all about?  In a primary election, registered voters get to choose the candidate for their party's (democrat or republican) nomination by voting in a general election.

There are two main types of primaries, closed or open, that determine who is eligible to vote in the primary. In a closed primary, registered voters can only vote for the candidate in the party their affiliated with.  In an open primary, a registered voter can vote in either primary no matter what party they belong to. For even more info about Presidential Primaries go to votesmart.com, sos.la.gov or geauxvote.com.