Louisiana | Voting Guide

 
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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline:

  • For paper/mail-in applications: 30 days before Election Day

  • For online voter registration: 20 days before Election Day


2021

  • Registration deadline for Open Primary Election in person or by mail: September 8

  • Registration deadline for Open Primary Election online: September 18

  • Open Primary Election: October 9


  • Registration deadline for Open General Election in person or by mail: October 13

  • Registration deadline for Open General Election online: October 23

  • Open General Election: November 13

 
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Official Election Websites
 
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Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.


You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

 
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Louisiana’s voter registration form asks for your Louisiana driver’s license or state ID card number, or your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers on your registration application. You must have a Louisiana driver’s license or ID number to register online.

 
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Louisiana law requires in-person voters to present photo ID bearing their name and signature, though voters who lack acceptable ID may sign a Voter Identification Affidavit. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • Louisiana driver’s license;

  • Louisiana special identification card;

  • LA Wallet digital driver’s license;

  • Military ID that contains the voter’s name and photograph; or

  • Another generally recognized picture ID card that contains the voter’s name and signature.

 
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Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/ 

 
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How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Louisiana requires an excuse to vote by mail. Voters may cast a ballot by mail if they:

  • Are a student, instructor, or professor living outside their parish of registration;

  • Are 65 years of age or older;

  • Are or expect to be temporarily outside of Louisiana or their parish during the early voting period and on Election Day;

  • Work or expect to be offshore during the early voting period and on Election Day;

  • Have a physical disability;

  • Are a member of the clergy assigned outside their parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;

  • Have moved more than 100 miles from the parish of their former residence after the registration books close (30 days prior to an election);

  • Are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside their parish of registration and have not judicially been declared incompetent;

  • Expect to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have knowledge of the hospitalization until after the early voting period has ended, or were hospitalized or confined to their bed during early voting and expect to remain hospitalized or confined to their bed on Election Day;

  • Are or expect to be incarcerated and are not confined pursuant to a felony conviction;

  • Are a participant in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program; or

  • Will be sequestered on the day of the election for jury duty.


You may request a ballot online if you possess a Louisiana driver's license or ID card, or submit an application by mail to your parish registrar of voters.


Voters who have a physical disability or who are homebound and require assistance to vote may apply for an absentee ballot using the Disabled Application for Absentee By Mail Ballot. If you qualify to vote under this excuse, you will need to submit proof of disability and, if you submit your request by mail, a copy of photo ID or the names and addresses for two people who reside in your precinct and who could make an oath, if required, that you have a physical disability. 


The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day, except for hospitalized, overseas, and military voters, who have until 4:30 p.m. the day before Election Day to submit their requests.


Completed vote-by-mail ballots must be returned and received by the parish registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day.


More information about mail-in voting is available on the Secretary of State's website at: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteEarly/Pages/default.aspx.


Early In Person

Any registered voter may vote early in person.


Early voting begins 14 days before Election Day and ends 7 days before Election Day. You may vote early at designated location from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding Sundays.


All early voting locations can be found online before each election at: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.


Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. For Saturday elections, voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


If you are in line by close of polls, then you have a right to vote.

 
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Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:


Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.


Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.


Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.


Will registering to vote in Louisiana affect my driver’s license or car registration?

Registering to vote in Louisiana does not necessarily affect your driver's license or car registration. However, as a new resident of Louisiana, you may be required to make changes to your driver's license or car registration regsrdless of whether you register to vote there. You may wish to contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Louisiana legal professional.


Last updated June 2021