State of Louisiana Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

U.S. Domestic Voters

General Information

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your Registrar of Voters office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 6am to 8pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

You may vote early in your parish from fourteen to seven days prior to any scheduled election (or from fifteen days if there is a state holiday during the early voting period). For presidential elections, the early voting period is from eighteen to seven days before the election except Sundays and legal holidays. When one or more state holidays fall within that early voting period, the first day for early voting will begin nineteen days prior to the election.

Absentee Voting

You may request an absentee ballot by mail for the following reasons:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • You will be sequestered on the day of the election.

Additionally, 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 and will automatically and permanently receive a ballot by mail for all elections. If you are a resident of a nursing home, veterans' home, or a hospital for an extended stay for a physical disability, you can also 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.

If you requested an absentee ballot but don't think you'll have time to return it, you have a fax option. Contact your registrar of voters for this option.



General Information