State of Louisiana Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Louisiana General Election held on Sat Dec 8, 2018

New Voter Registration

Wed Nov 7, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

Tue Dec 4, 2018 4:30pm CST

Absentee Ballot Return

Fri Dec 7, 2018 4:30pm CST

Early Voting

Sat Nov 24, 2018 - Sat Dec 1, 2018

Louisiana State Primary Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

New Voter Registration

  • Tue Oct 9, 2018
  • Online by Tue Oct 16, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

Fri Nov 2, 2018 4:30pm CDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Mon Nov 5, 2018 4:30pm CST

Early Voting

Tue Oct 23, 2018 - Tue Oct 30, 2018

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 7am to 8pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

Voters may vote early 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, excluding Sundays.

Absentee Voting

You may receive an absentee ballot by mail 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
  • 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.

You are eligible to vote in Louisiana if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Reside in Louisiana and the parish in which you want to vote

You are NOT eligible to vote in Louisiana if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights
  • You are under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony

You may preregister to vote in Louisiana

  • at the age 17 (16 if registering in person at the registrar of voters or at the office of motor vehicles)

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Louisiana you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Louisiana Driver's License Number
  • Special ID Card Number
  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current Utility Bill
  • Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Bank Statement
  • Government Check
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you are registered to vote in Louisiana, you are required to show ID to vote; or, if you do not have an accepted ID you may instead sign an affidavit. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Valid Louisiana Driver's License
  • Louisiana Special ID Card
  • Other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the name and signature of voter

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Overseas & Military Voters

Louisiana General Election held on Sat Dec 8, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

  • Postmarked by Wed Nov 7, 2018
  • Fax by Sat Nov 17, 2018
  • Postmarked by Wed Nov 7, 2018
  • Fax by Sat Nov 17, 2018

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Fri Dec 7, 2018 4:30pm CST Received by Fri Dec 7, 2018 4:30pm CST

Ballot Return

Received by Sat Dec 8, 2018 8:00pm CST Received by Sat Dec 8, 2018 8:00pm CST

Louisiana State Primary Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

  • Postmarked by Tue Oct 9, 2018
  • Fax by Tue Oct 9, 2018
  • Postmarked by Tue Oct 9, 2018
  • Fax by Tue Oct 9, 2018

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Nov 5, 2018 4:30pm CST Received by Mon Nov 5, 2018 4:30pm CST

Ballot Return

Received by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm CST Received by Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm CST

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Louisiana allows you to submit the FPCA by mail or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. If you choose to fax your FPCA, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local election official.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - -

Blank Ballot To Voter

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Louisiana allows you to submit the FPCA by mail or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. If you choose to fax your FPCA, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local election official.