The Louisiana Secretary of State’s reported unofficial turnout to be 36.3% in the Republican primary and 23.3% in the Democratic primary. However, actual turnout of registered voters was much lower because more than 750K registered voters were ineligible to vote.

Only voters registered as Republicans or Democrats could participate in the presidential preference primary, and only in the party’s primary for which they were registered. This was a policy change instituted by both parties since the last presidential election. As a result, thousands of registered voters were turned away from the polls because they were not registered as a member of that particular party.

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