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Voting Guide

IMPORTANT:

Due to the risks posed to the public by COVID-19, the presidential primary election has been rescheduled for July 11, 2020.


  • The deadline for voter registration applications made in person or by mail is June 10

  • The deadline to register to vote online is June 20

  • Early voting will take place June 26–July 4, except that there will be no voting on Sunday, June 28 or Friday, July 3

  • Requests to vote by mail must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 7

  • Completed mail-in ballots must be received by 4:30 p.m. on July 10

  • Louisiana voters require an excuse to vote by mail. Information about who may vote by mail and how they can apply is available below.

  • For the July 11 election, the following categories of voters also qualify to vote by mail:

  1. Those “[a]t higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to serious underlying medical conditions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (including chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, diabetes, severe obesity (BMI of 40 or higher), chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis, liver disease, pregnancy, or immunocompromised due to cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications)”;

  2. Those “[s]ubject to a medically necessary quarantine or isolation order as a result of COVID-19”;

  3. Those “[a]dvised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns”;

  4.  Those “[e]xperiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis”; and

  5.  Those “[c]aring for an identified individual who is subject to a medically necessary quarantine or isolation order as a result of COVID-19 or who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.

  • Voters who qualify to vote by mail under one of these excuses can access a mail-in ballot request form here. Voters with a Louisiana-issued driver’s license or ID may also apply using the online voter portal.

  • Early voting has been extended and will be available June 20 – July 4, 2020 (excluding Sunday, June 21 and Sunday, June 28).


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


2020

  • Presidential Preference Primary Mail-In and In-Person Registration Deadline: June 10

  • Presidential Preference Primary Online Registration Deadline: June 20

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: July 11

  • 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. Be sure to provide one of these numbers on your registration application.

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;

  • Military ID; 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/

In Person on 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 have a right to vote.


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; or

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


Voters who have a physical disability or who are homebound and require assistance to vote may apply to vote by mail using the Disabled Application for Absentee By Mail Ballot. You will need to submit supporting documentation, including proof of disability and a copy of photo ID or letters of oath from two people who reside in your precinct. Homebound voters must submit a physician’s letter as proof of disability. More information is available on the Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx.


The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day. You may request a ballot online or submit an application by mail to your parish registrar of voters.


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 online before each election at: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.


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 may require you to update your driver’s license and car registration. For more information, you may wish to 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