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What Do I Need to Know When Heading to the Polls
When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following:
  • a driver’s license;
  • a Louisiana Special ID; or
  • some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.
If you do not have a driver’s license, Louisiana Special ID, or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit. You may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card. If you have misplaced your voter information card, contact your registrar of voters for a new one or print your own by logging into the Louisiana Voter Portal as a voter. Click the ‘Voter Registration’ tab at the top then click the ‘Print Voter Information’ link located on the ribbon on the left-hand side. Should any problems or questions arise, the principal office of the registrar of voters in each parish will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all Saturday elections and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all Tuesday elections. Election day voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all Saturday elections and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all Tuesday elections. Don’t forget to bring your picture ID to the polls!

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To register to vote you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be 17 years old (16 years old if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles), but must be 18 years old to vote;
  • not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony;
  • not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights; and
  • reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register.
Register Online

Apply online to register to vote or make changes to your registration.

Register in Person

Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters Office.

You may also register in person at any of the following locations:

  • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles;
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services;
  • WIC offices;
  • food stamp offices;
  • Medicaid offices;
  • offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or
  • Armed Forces recruitment offices.

If registering in person at a parish Registrar of Voters Office, you are required to prove age, residency and identity. You must submit your current Louisiana driver’s license, if you have one, or your birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age and residency.

If you have no picture ID, you may bring a utility bill, payroll check, or government document that includes your name and address.

If registering at a mandated site, no further proof of identification is required other than whatever proof is required for services received that you have applied for at the public agency.

Register by Mail

Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application, completing it and mailing it to your local Registrar of Voters Office. Please note that the list of offices for registrars of voters is also included on the form.

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Voting by Absentee Ballot

You may request an absentee ballot by logging in to the Louisiana Voter Portal and following these steps:

  1. Click the ‘By Voter’ button.
  2. Type in your First Name, Last Name and Zip Code or Birth Month and Year and then click the ‘Submit’ button;
  3. Click the ‘Voting Information’ tab;
  4. Click the ‘Online Absentee Request’ link found in the first sentence of Frequently Asked Questions; and
  5. Complete requested information and submit.

Note: You must be logged in to the Voter Portal as the voter for whom the request is intended to electronically submit a request for an absentee ballot.

Print and Mail Application: You may also print an application to request an absentee by mail ballot which you can complete and deliver to your parish registrar of voters. Delivery may be by U.S. Postal Service, commercial carrier, hand delivery or fax. If hand delivered or faxed, the application can only be for you or your immediate family member. Select the application that applies to you:

View upcoming election dates. You will need to list the election dates on your application.

General Application Qualifications (Reasons to Apply)

Senior Citizen: If you are 65 years of age or older you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail. You may request a ballot for one (1) election only or you may choose to automatically receive a ballot by mail for all upcoming elections unless you cancel your request in writing to the registrar of voters or a ballot is returned as undeliverable.

Temporarily Absent: If you are temporarily outside of Louisiana or your parish during the early voting period and on election day, or expect to be, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail. Any person who requests an absentee by mail ballot be mailed to an address within the parish must indicate on the application the dates that they will be outside the territorial limits of the state or absent from the parish.

Offshore: If you work or expect to be offshore working during the early voting period and on election day, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Nursing Home: If you reside in a nursing home, veterans’ home or a hospital for an extended stay for a physical disability and are unable to vote in person during early voting or at the polls on election day, you may apply through a General Application and enroll in the nursing home early voting program. Once accepted by the registrar of voters, the registrar or a deputy registrar will go to your home facility during a period of a week prior to the beginning of early voting through the last day of early voting. The registrar of voters will bring either a paper ballot or a portable voting machine and guide you through the process of casting your vote.

Higher Education: If you are a student, instructor or professor located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Clergy: If you are minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or a spouse/dependent, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Moved Out of Parish: If you moved more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your former residence after the voter registration books closed (30 days prior to an election), you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Involuntary Confinement: If you are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration and you are not interdicted and not judicially declared incompetent, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Hospitalized: If you expect to be hospitalized on election day and did not have knowledge of the hospitalization until after the time for early voting had expired; or you were hospitalized during the time for early voting and you expect to be hospitalized on election day; or you were either hospitalized or restricted to bed by your physician during early voting and on election day, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Incarcerated: If you are incarcerated or expect to be incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Address Confidentiality Program: If you are a program participant in the secretary of state’s Address Confidentiality Program, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Juror: If you will be sequestered on the day of the election, you may apply through a General Application and once accepted by the registrar of voters, vote by mail.

Disabled Application Qualifications (Reasons to Apply)

Physical Disability: If you are physically disabled, you may apply through the Disabled Application and if not enrolled, enroll in the disability program. Once accepted by the registrar of voters, you may request a ballot for one (1) election only or you may choose to automatically receive a ballot by mail for all upcoming elections unless you cancel your request or a ballot is returned as undeliverable. You may also choose to receive your ballot electronically (by email). If you have not previously provided proof of disability to your parish registrar of voters, one of the following must be submitted along with your application:

  • a copy of a mobility impaired identification card issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles;
  • a copy of social security disability benefits, veteran’s disability benefits, paratransit services, benefits from the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities or benefits from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services; or
  • a physician’s letter certifying your disability.

In addition to any disability documentation listed above, any voter enrolling in the disability program must also enclose a copy of a photo ID (Louisiana driver’s license, Louisiana special ID card or other photo ID with name and signature) or a letter of oath where you have listed the names and addresses of two persons residing in your precinct who could make oath, if required, to the fact that you are physically disabled.

Homebound: If you are homebound and cannot vote without assistance, you may apply through the Disabled Application and if not enrolled, enroll in the disability program. If you are disabled and homebound and are voting for the first time, your proof of disability must be a physician’s letter certifying that you are homebound to exempt you from law that requires that you either register or vote for the first time in person. If you have previously voted, you may provide proof of disability through any of the documents listed above.

Timeline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail

General and Disabled Applications: Applicants must request a ballot by 4:30 p.m. CST on the 4th day before election day.

Military, Overseas or Hospitalized Applications: Military personnel and/or their dependents; U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.; or voters that are hospitalized must request their ballot by 4:30 p.m. CST on the day before election day.

METHODS FOR RETURNING YOUR VOTED BALLOTS

  • By Mail (includes commercial carrier).

  • By Fax: Upon request submitted to the registrar of voter.

  • By Hand Delivery: A voter or immediate family member of the voter may deliver the ballot to the registrar of voters (a signed statement must be completed upon delivery by anyone other that the voter, certifying their relationship to the voter).

  • Emergency Provisions: There are emergency provisions in place for Military, Overseas and hospitalized voters. Please contact the registrar of voters for additional information.

Deadlines for Returning Your Voted Ballots

General and Disabled Voters: Voted ballots must be received by your parish registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. CST on the day before election day.

Military, Overseas or Hospitalized Voters: Voted ballots by military personnel and/or their dependents, U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S., or voters that are hospitalized must be received by your parish registrar of voters by 8 p.m. CST on election day.

If you feel that you will not be able to return your ballot timely, you may contact your registrar of voters for alternate methods to return your ballot. Alternatively, you may contact your registrar of voters and may be eligible to request that an immediate family member be allowed to pick up the necessary election materials from the Registrar of Voters Office.

Status of your absentee ballot

You can track the status of your absentee by mail ballot. See La R.S. 18:1303 and La R.S. 18:1307 for more information.

Replacement Ballot

If you spoil your ballot, you may request a replacement ballot from your registrar of voters prior to submitting a voted ballot.

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Key Dates

  • LA Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
  • LA Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • LA Voter Registration Deadline (December Congressional Runoff - In-person & Post Received By)
  • LA Voter Registration Deadline (December Congressional Runoff - Online By)
  • LA Early Voting Begins (December Congressional Runoff)
  • LA Early Voting Ends (December Congressional Runoff)
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