Registration Deadline: Voters must be registered at least 20 days prior to an election if registering through the GeauxVote Online Registration System or 30 days prior to an election if registering in person or by mail registration to be eligible to vote in that particular election.
Party Affiliation: Presidential primary's are closed party elections. Voters may only vote on the primary ballot for their party. All other voters may only vote only for any local offices and/or propositions if any are on the ballot.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age:To register you must be at least 17 years old (16 years at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles or Registrar of Voters Office), but the voter must be 18 years old to vote;
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must reside in Louisiana and parish in which you seek to register.
Mental Competency: Not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights;
Felony Convictions: Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony;
ID Requirements: You must have a Louisiana driver's license or special ID card. Without these you must submit your registration application by mail and include one of the following:
-Last four digits of your social security number;
-A copy of a current and valid photo identification; or
-A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Louisiana online registration
In person: Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters office or any of the following sites:
- Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicle offices
- Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and WIC offices, Food Stamp offices, and Medicaid offices
- Offices serving persons with disabilities, such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living offices
- Armed Forces Recruitment offices
Other Voter Registration Application Information: Faxed Voter Registration forms are not accepted. The Voter Registration form should be addressed and mailed or hand-delivered to the appropriate Registrar of Voters in the parish in which you are registering. The registrar of voters mails a verification mailing card to verify the address you have provided when registering by mail. If you do not receive a mailing from the registrar of voters within two weeks of registering, please contact their office.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Citizens in the following categories may register for absentee voting:
-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.
-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. You are required to provide a physician's letter 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, and 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
-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 your ballot 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:
-voter registration application with an change to request assistance in voting;
-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.
Other absentee voter qualifications: The registrar must verify that you are a qualified voter in order to send you a ballot. If your eligibility cannot be verified, then you will be notified in writing and you will not receive a ballot.
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.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online Application: You may request an absentee by mail ballot by logging in to the Louisiana Voter Portal and following these steps:
1.Click the 'Search 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 'Request Absentee Ballot' link found under the Quick Links heading.
4. 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.
In person: There is no in-person absentee option. However any voter may vote early in-person. Look below for early voting procedures.
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:
Emergency Voting: Emergency voting is unavailable in Louisiana.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
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.
If you spoil your ballot, you may request a replacement ballot from your registrar of voters prior to submitting a voted ballot.
Early voting qualifications: You do not need a reason to vote early. All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on election day.
Other information for early voting: Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at designated locations in the parish from 14 days to 7 days prior to any scheduled election. For a complete list of the locations of parish Registrar of Voters Offices and designated early voting locations, please refer to early voting locations.
The registrars of voters will open their offices from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for each day of early voting. When you go to cast your vote early, you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a driver's license, a Louisiana special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that has your name and signature. You may wish to contact your local registrar of voters office for specific locations, dates and times.
Before and at the voting booth..
Verifying Registration: Louisiana voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Polling place indicator
ID Requirements: To vote at a Louisiana poll you must be able to identify yourself with one of the following:
- A Louisiana driver's license;
- A Louisiana special ID card; or
- Other generally recognized picture identification card with 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.
How to Vote: For Louisiana sample ballot, voting systems and for accessibility options, click here.
Getting your vote counted: Election information and vote-training resources
Problems with voting: Louisiana HAVA complaint form
Verifying provisional ballot status: Provisional voter and ballot search
Verifying absentee ballot status: Louisiana Voter Portal