-Online Registration System: Voters must be registered at least 20 days prior to an election if registering to be eligible to vote in that particular election.
-In person or by mail registration: Voters must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election if registering to be eligible to vote in that particular election.
Party Affiliation: Louisiana conducts local and state elections using what is referred to as an open primary system, where any qualified elector may qualify as a candidate, regardless of party, and run for office and all eligible voters may cast a vote in the election, regardless of party affiliation. Some call this system a jungle primary because all candidates for an office run together in one election and the majority vote wins. If there is no majority vote winner in the primary election then the top two candidates go to a run-off election called a general election. This type of system is used in Louisiana for all offices state, parish, municipal and congressional, but it is not used for the presidential preference primary.
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: 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 or Louisiana special identification card, if you have one, or your social security card, birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age and residency.
If you do not have any of these, you may bring a copy of a current and valid photo identification, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or government document that includes 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.
You may also register in person at any of the following locations:
-Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
-Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
-food stamp offices
-offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices
-Armed Forces recruitment offices
By mail/ in writing: Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application form. Complete the form, and return it to your local Registrar of Voters office. You may also register by using a National Mail Voter Registration Form.
By fax: Faxed voter registration forms are not accepted.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Voter registration verification
Phone: If you cannot access your voter status online, contact your local registrar of voters.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Citizens in the following categories may register for absentee voting:
-Moved out of Parish
-Address Confidentiality Program
For elaborations on each of these categories, click here.
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: 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; and
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.
Print and Mail Application: 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:
-General Application Form
-Disabled Application Form
-Military or Overseas Application Form
Military and overseas voting: Louisiana military and overseas voter policies and procedures
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.
Refer to the schedule for early voting time periods for upcoming elections and refer to the schedule of elections for future time periods.
Verifying Registration: Louisiana voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: https://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Polling place indicator
ID Requirements at 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
-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.
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