Louisiana  

Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day for paper/mail-in applications, 20 days before Election Day for online voter registration

 

2019

  • Primary Election Mail-In and In-Person Registration Deadline: September 11

  • Primary Election Online Registration Deadline: September 21

  • Primary Election: October 12

  • General Election Mail-In and In-Person Registration Deadline: October 16

  • General Election Online Registration Deadline: October 26

  • General Election: November 16

 

2020

  • Presidential Preference Primary Mail-In and In-Person Registration Deadline: March 4

  • Presidential Preference Primary Online Registration Deadline: March 14

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: April 4

  • Presidential General and Open Primary Mail-In and In-Person Registration Deadline: October 5

  • Presidential General and Open Primary Online Registration Deadline: October 13

  • Presidential General and Open Primary Election: November 3

  • Congressional General Election Mail-In and In-Person Registration Deadline: November 4

  • Congressional General Election Online Registration Deadline: November 14

  • Congressional General Election: December 5

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

 

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

 

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Louisiana’s voter registration form asks for your Louisiana driver’s license or state ID card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have any of these or parish elections officials are unable to match you based on that number, you must either attach a copy of one of the following identification documents or present it at the polls. You can show a current and valid:

  • photo ID,

  • utility bill,

  • bank statement,

  • government check, or

  • other government document.

Poll workers will ask in-person voters to show a photo ID that contains your name and signature, but if you do not have one, you may sign an Identification Affidavit instead. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • Louisiana driver’s license,

  • Louisiana special identification card;

  • LA Wallet digital driver’s license; or

  • other generally recognized picture ID card that contains your name and signature.

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

By Mail

  • You may vote by mail if you have one of the following reasons:

    • You are a student, instructor, or professor living outside your parish of registration

    • You are 65 years of age or older

    • You are or expect to be temporarily outside of Louisiana or your parish during the early voting period and on Election Day

    • You work or expect to be offshore during the early voting period and on Election Day

    • You reside in a nursing home, veterans’ home or hospital for an extended stay for a physical disability and are unable to vote in person during early voting or at the polls on Election Day

    • You are a member of the clergy assigned outside your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof

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

    • You are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration, and you have not judicially been declared incompetent

    • You 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 during early voting and expect to remain hospitalized on Election Day

    • You are or expect to be incarcerated and are not convicted of a felony

    • You are a participant in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program

    • You will be sequestered on the day of the election for Jury Duty

  • 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.

 

Early In-Person

  • Any registered voter may vote early in person without an excuse.

  • Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends 7 days before an election. You may vote early at your Parish Registrar of Voters Office from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some parishes set up additional early voting sites.

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

  • 2019 Early Voting Periods:

  • Gubernatorial Primary: Saturday, September 28 to Saturday, October 5 [excluding Sunday, September 29]

  • Gubernatorial General: Saturday, November 2 to Saturday, November 9 [excluding Sunday, November 3]

  • 2020 Early Voting Periods:

  • Presidential Preference Primary: Saturday, March 21, 2020 – Saturday, March 28, 2020

  • Presidential General/Open Congressional Primary: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – Tuesday, October 27, 2020 [excluding Sunday, October 25, 2020]

  • Congressional General: Friday, November 20, 2020 – Saturday, November 28, 2020 [excluding Sunday, November 22, 2020]

 

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 the closing time then you must be allowed to vote.

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?

  • If you intend to drive in Louisiana, you must get a Louisiana driver’s license within 30 days of moving to the state. For more information, contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
 
Last updated March 2019