Louisiana Voting Rights Restoration

In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.

Misdemeanor convictions in Louisiana 

You do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Louisiana. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.

You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.

Felony convictions in Louisiana

You lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felony. You can't vote while incarcerated, while on probation, or while on parole for five (5) years after your release from prison. After five (5) years, your right to vote is automatically restored, even if you are on parole or probation.

Next steps for restoring voting rights in Louisiana

Five (5) years after you are released from prison, even if you are on parole or probation, you may register to vote and cast a ballot.


Helpful U.S. Vote Foundation Resources

Click here for help with: 

  • Registering to vote

  • Requesting an absentee ballot

  • Requesting a mail-in ballot

Click here for help with finding your Election Official.