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Louisiana Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Louisiana

To register to vote in the State of , an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be at least 17 years old but must be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
  • Not be under a judgement of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights
  • Reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register

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How Do I Register To Vote in Louisiana

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING

When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following:

  • Louisiana driver’s license
  • Louisiana special ID card
  • Other generally recognized picture identification
  • emergency paper ballot if the only voting machine in the precinct fails; or
  • provisional paper ballot (federal election only) if you certify that you are eligible to vote in the election and your name does not appear on the precinct register.

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.

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Louisiana

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Top-Two Primaries

Louisiana is one of the few states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, to be listed on one ballot. Voters choose their favorite candidate, and the top two vote-getters become the candidates in the general election.

In Louisiana, the runoff general election is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. The top-two model is not used for presidential primaries in any state.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Louisiana

In Louisiana, you must have a reason to be eligible to vote by mail, unless you are a military or overseas voter. There are specific reasons that qualify you to vote by mail.

If you are 65 years of age or older or are disabled, you may enroll in the Senior Citizen or Disability Program through your parish registrar of voters. Once accepted, you will automatically receive a ballot by mail for all elections. Proof of disability will be required which includes 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. If you are a new registrant that is disabled and homebound, you must submit a physician's letter to exempt you from law that requires that you either register or vote for the first time in person.

If you reside in a nursing or veterans home you also qualify to enroll in this program with the exception that you will not be mailed a ballot. A physician's letter is required that indicates that by reason of your disability you are unable to appear in person to vote either during early voting or at the polling place on Election Day. The registrar or a deputy registrar will go to your nursing or veterans home during a period of a week prior to the beginning of early voting through the last day of early voting. The registrar will bring either a paper ballot or a portable voting machine and guide you through the process of casting your vote.

Any voter enrolling in the Senior Citizen or 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.

Additionally, you qualify to receive a ballot by mail for either the primary election and/or the general election if:

  • you are a student, instructor, or professor located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
  • you are a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
  • you are or expect to be temporarily outside the territorial limits of the state or absent from your parish of registration during the early voting period and on election day (view early voting dates);
  • you moved your residence to another parish more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your former residence after the voter registration books closed (the books close 30 days prior to an election);
  • 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 expect to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have knowledge 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 (view early voting dates);
  • you expect to be out of your precinct of registration and upon the waters of the state both during the early voting period and on Election Day because of your employment or occupation (view early voting dates);
  • you are 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 are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program; or
  • you will be sequestered on the day of the election.

Timeline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail

  • You must request your ballot by 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day, except for the following voters who have until 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day:
  • military personnel and/or their dependents;
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.; or
  • voters that are hospitalized.

Deadlines for Returning Your Voted Ballots

  • Your ballot must be received by your parish registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day, except for the following voters who have until 8 p.m. on Election Day:
  • military personnel and/or their dependents;
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.; or
  • voters that are hospitalized.

Learn more about Absentee Voting

What If My Address Has Changed

Moved: If you have changed residence inside your parish after registering to vote, you should notify the registrar of voters office in your parish of any changes to your registration or make changes online.

  • If you have changed residence outside your parish after registering to vote, you are only eligible to remain registered and to vote in that parish for three months prior to an election. You must register in your new parish.
  • Once you are registered in your parish, you will remain registered as an active voter. If you move and your residence address is not able to be verified through the U.S. Postal Service during the annual canvass or you do not return the address confirmation card issued during the annual canvass to all voters who have moved or whose address cannot be verified, you will be placed on inactive status. You can activate your status by verifying your residence address online with a change of address or in person either on Election Day before voting or at the registrar of voters office by completing an address confirmation card. If you do not verify your address and do not vote in two federal general elections, you may be canceled. You may also be suspended or canceled if you lose your civil rights or register to vote in another state. Your registration cannot be canceled between primary and general elections unless the registration was fraudulently placed on the registration records or if you are canceled pursuant to the annual canvas conducted by the registrar. A person whose registration has been canceled is not permitted to vote until they submit a new registration to the registrar of voters.
  • A change of name can be made by producing, in the presence of the registrar of voters, an affidavit stating the name under which the person desires to be registered. A person who changes their name by virtue of a judgment of court shall file with the registrar of voters a certified copy of the judgment or affidavit.

If I move from another parish in Louisiana, do I have to register again?

  • Yes, voter registration is not transferable. You must register every time you move to a new parish in Louisiana. You will be canceled in your old parish and you will not be allowed to vote in your new parish unless and until you complete another voter registration application. You can register online, in person or by mail.

If I move out of the state, do I have to cancel my Louisiana registration?

  • Yes, you may not be registered in more than one state. Contact your parish registrar of voters to have your voter registration canceled.

My children are going off to college.Where should they be registered to vote?

  • Students may use their home residence address within the state or their school address for voter registration purposes. Out of state students are allowed to use their school address in Louisiana if they want to be a voter in this state. If they register to vote by mail, they may vote absentee by mail by including a copy of their fee bill or student identification card with their application to vote absentee by mail.

Learn more about Movers/college students Voting

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When Is The Next Election?

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Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-8:00 PM

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!

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.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use voterportal.sos.la.gov to Find Voter, Address, or Parish Specific Information. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Louisiana does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

No specific law requiring time off to vote.

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