Generally speaking, however, a high turnout would benefit a democrat and a low turnout generally benefits Republicans.
According to Secretary of State Tom Schedler, there is a wide range between what is normal for this type of election and what a Secretary of State might want.
According to The Daily Beast, in 2010 midterm, Louisiana ranked 29th, with average voter registration rate at 74.7 and average voter participation rate at 54.7.
Here is an article from the Advocate on the issue:
Louisiana election turnout could be low for Nov. 4 statewide balloting based on historical data, Secretary of State Tom Schedler said Tuesday.
Schedler said past history in recent federal elections indicates a potential 45 to 50 percent voter participation rate.
“I hope I’m wrong,” Schedler said. “This election should draw 70 percent because of the magnitude of the election.”
Schedler said Louisiana voter turnout should be “like a presidential election. It’s that important.”
Schedler said he will have a better idea of voter interest at the end of the early voting period. Early voting started Tuesday and continues through Oct. 28. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday.