Louisiana Election Information

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November 3, 2020 General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • October 5: Voter registration deadline (in-person and by mail)
  • October 13: GeauxVote on-line voter registration deadline
  • October 16: First day of early voting
  • October 27: Last of early voting
  • October 30: Deadline to request a mail ballot
  • November 2: Deadline to return completed absentee ballot

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Election Day voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  A voter in line by 8:00 p.m. has the right to vote.

Early Voting:

Any registered voter can vote early in person.  No excuses are necessary.  Early voting begins 14 to 7 days prior to each election at the registrar of voters office in each parish.

The early voting period for the Presidential Preference Primary is June 20-July 4 (except Sunday, June 21 and 28) from 8:30am-6pm.

The early voting period for the General Election is October 20-27 (except Sunday, October 25) from 8:30am-6pm

Check with your parish registrar for information about where to vote early: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar.  You can search for early voting sites online at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.

Vote by Mail (“Absentee Voting”):

In Louisiana, voters, except military or overseas voters, must have a reason to be eligible to vote by mail.

In the July 11 Presidential Primary and August 15 Municipal General Elections, the list of valid reasons for voting absentee has expanded to include certain individuals impacted by COVID-19.  Specifically, in addition to the below reasons, a voter may apply to vote absentee due to:

  • Being at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to one of the serious underlying medical conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • Qualifying medical conditions include: chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, hypertension or other serious heart conditions, diabetes, undergoing chemotherapy, 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.
  • Being subject to or caring for a named individual who is subject to a medically necessary quarantine or isolation order caused by COVID-19.
  • Having or caring for someone who has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.[i]

In order to vote absentee as a result of one of the above COVID-19 related reasons, voters must fill out the special COVID-19 Emergency Application, rather than the General Application Form.  Voters can complete the COVID-19 Emergency Application online at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov or download the form and mail it to their county registrar at: https://www.sos.la.gov/OurOffice/PublishedDocuments/COVID-19%20VR2%20Absentee%20by%20Mail%20Application%20(Rev.%204-20)%20Ver.%201.pdf.  This form can also be accessed here: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx by clicking the link for “Temporary COVID-19 Application Form.”

The list of valid reasons is available online:  http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/ VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx.  Valid reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • being 65 years of age or older;
  • having a physical disability;
  • being incarcerated or hospitalized;
  • being temporarily absent from your parish during the entire early voting period and election day, including absence as a result of attending or teaching at an institution of higher education.

You must first fill out and mail an application to vote absentee to the parish registrar.  Applications are available online at http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Central time on the fourth day before Election Day.  The registrar will mail the voter an absentee ballot.  The ballot must be received by the parish registrar by 4:30 p.m. Central time the day before Election Day.

[i] Absentee Ballot Application: COVID-19 Emergency Application, SOS-COVID-19 ABM APPLICATION, Louisiana Secretary of State (Apr. 2020), https://www.sos.la.gov/OurOffice/PublishedDocuments/COVID-19%20VR2%20Absentee%20by%20Mail%20Application%20(Rev.%204-20)%20Ver.%201.pdf;

SECRETARY OF STATE EMERGENCY ELECTION PLAN FOR THE JULY 11, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY AND AUGUST 15, 2020 MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTIONS IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA, Louisisana Secretary of State (April 20, 2020), https://www.sos.la.gov/OurOffice/PublishedDocuments/Revised%20Emergency%20Election%20Plan%20for%20PPP%20and%20Mun%20General%20Rev.%204-20.pdf.  This plan was approved by the legislature

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

You can find your polling place by checking the “GeauxVote” website (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/). Or you can call your parish registrar (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar).

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadline:  

The voter registration deadline is 30 days prior to an election if registering by mail or in person.  Voters registering online through Geaux Vote must register 20 days prior to the election in which they wish to vote. Please visit https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/RegisterToVote/Pages/default.aspx for more information.

How to Check Your Registration:

You can check your registration on the “GeauxVote” website (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/).

Registration Eligibility:

In order to be eligible to register to vote in Louisiana, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in Louisiana and the parish in which you seek to register with an intention to reside there indefinitely (unless you are a student*);
  • Be at least 17 years old to register, and 18 years old to vote;
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony or, if under such an order, not have been incarcerated pursuant to the order within the last five years and not be under an order of imprisonment related to a felony conviction for election fraud or certain other election-related offenses; and
  • Not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction where your right to vote has been suspended.
  • Be registered at least 20 days prior to election if registering through the GeauxVote website (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/) or 30 days prior to election if registering in person or by mail (https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/PublishedDocuments/ApplicationToRegisterToVote.pdf).

*Note: Students attending an institution of higher education in Louisiana who meet the other voter qualifications may register and vote in Louisiana while residing in the state for school, even if they do not intend to reside in the state indefinitely.

How to Register:

Louisiana residents may register in person, my mail, or online.

Online:  You can register to vote on the GeauxVote website (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/).

By Mail:  You can register to vote by downloading a mail-in form from the Louisiana Secretary of State website (https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/PublishedDocuments/ApplicationToRegister ToVote.pdf) and mailing it to your parish registrar of voters (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar).  The registrar of voters mails a verification mailing card to verify the address you provide when registering by mail.  If you do not receive a mailing from the registrar of voters within two weeks of registering, contact their office.

In person: You can register to vote in person at the following locations:

  • At any parish registrar of voters (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar);
  • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles;
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services;
  • WIC offices;
  • food stamp offices;
  • Medicaid offices;
  • offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or
  • Armed Forces recruitment offices.

Identification Required for Registration:  You are required to prove age, residency and identity.  

If you have a Louisiana driver’s license or special identification card (“Louisiana Special ID”), you must provide that ID number, on your registration application, or your birth certificate or other documentation that reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age and residency.  If you do not have a Louisiana driver’s license or a Louisiana Special ID, you must provide the last four digits of your social security number.  (The full social security number may be provided on a voluntary basis.)  If you were not issued a social security number, you must attach either one or more documents to prove your identity, residence and date of birth.  Documents may be: (a) a copy of current and valid photo identification; and/or (b) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that includes your name and address.  Your birth certificate can be used to establish your identity and date of birth and a short form birth certification card is acceptable as a birth certificate.

NOTE:  A Louisiana mobility impaired card is not an acceptable form of identification since it does not contain a signature.

You may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early In-Person:

All registered voters can vote early in person.  You do not need to provide a reason to vote early in person.

Early voting:  occurs between 7 and 14 days prior to each election at the registrar of voters office.  Voters should check with their parish registrar for information about where to vote early:   https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar.  Or you can search for early voting sites online at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.

If You Want to Vote Absentee by Mail:

You can vote absentee by mail if you are able to provide a valid reason.  The list of valid reasons is available online:  http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx.  Valid reasons include – but are not limited to (click on link for full list):  being 65 years of age or older; having a physical disability; being incarcerated or hospitalized; or you anticipate being temporarily absent from your parish during the entire early voting period and election day, including for the reason of attending or teaching at an institution of higher education outside your parish.  Voters must first fill out and mail an application to vote absentee to the parish registrar.   Applications are available online at http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/ default.aspx.  Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Central time on the fourth day before Election Day.  The registrar will mail the voter an absentee ballot.  The ballot is due back to the parish registrar by 4:30 p.m. Central time the day before Election Day.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot:

Louisiana voters must present a valid form of photo identification in order to vote.  If you do not have the required ID, you can complete and sign an affidavit, which includes your date of birth and mother’s maiden name.

Valid forms of identification include:

  • Valid Louisiana Driver’s License;
  • Valid Louisiana special identification card;
  • Louisiana Wallet Digital Driver’s License;
  • U.S. military ID card containing the voter’s name and photo; or
  • Other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the voter’s name and signature.

If you cast a ballot without an ID, but instead by affidavit of identity, your vote may be susceptible to a challenge.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same Precinct:

Go to your regular polling location.  You should ask for, and fill out, an address confirmation card.  You can cast a regular ballot.

Moving within the Same Parish:

You can still vote a regular ballot at your old polling place by regular ballot.  You should ask for, and fill out, an address confirmation card; this change will take effect after the general election.  If you appear on the “inactive voter list,” you may need to complete an address confirmation card, which affirms your new address.

Moving Between Parishes:

You can still vote at your old polling place by regular ballot, provided that you moved within the last three months.  You should ask for, and fill out, an address confirmation card; this change will take effect after the general election.  If you appear on the “inactive voter list,” you may need to complete an address confirmation card, which affirms your new address and that you moved within the last three months.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) Louisiana-specific FPCA webpage. Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

A misdemeanor conviction does not disqualify a person from voting in Louisiana.  If you have been convicted of a felony, you can vote if you are no longer under an order of imprisonment (including probation, suspended sentences, and parole) OR (a) you have not been incarcerated within the last five years (even if you are still under an order of imprisonment) and (b) the order of imprisonment is not related to a felony conviction for election fraud or certain other election offenses.  However, you must restore your right to vote by appearing in person at the registrar of voters office, completing a voter registration application, and providing documentation from the appropriate correction official to prove that the you have not been incarcerated pursuant to an order of imprisonment within the last five years.

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