The state is holding a special election on Monday to fill a vacant governor’s seat, with Republican Gov.

Steve Beshear facing a difficult re-election battle.

But in an unusual move, the state Republican Party has called for absentee ballots to be mailed out as of 10:30 a.m.


The party’s chairman, Paul D. Bowers, has also said absentee ballots will be available to anyone who wants to vote.

The race for the Republican governor’s office is seen as the most expensive in the state’s history, costing Louisiana taxpayers $1.9 million for election day operations, according to the Louisiana State Board of Elections.

The Republican Party of Louisiana said the absentee ballots are intended to be available from 10 a.t.m., when absentee ballots would normally be returned.

Bower has said he’s going to make sure the system is functioning as it should, the Associated Press reported.

Beshear, who is challenging Democratic Gov.

John Bel Edwards in the Nov. 5 runoff, has been in office since 2007 and has governed the state for 18 years.

His term ends in January.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.