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Louisiana Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State


2014 Primary Election: November 4, 2014

2014 General Election: December 6, 2014

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When You Can Vote

Polling Place Hours

6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day

Early Voting is January 18 to January 24 for the February 1, 2014 municipal primary election from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (except Sunday).

Early Voting is March 1 to March 8 for the March 15, 2014 municipal general election is from 8:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m. (except Sunday).

Early Voting is October 21 to October 28 for the November 4, 2014 congressional general election from 8:30a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (except Sunday)

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Where You Can Vote

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Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State's Polling Place Locator

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

2013 Open Primary Deadline: Septembr 18, 2013

2013 Open General Election Deadline: October 16, 2013

Identification Required for Registration

To register to vote in person at a parish registrar of voters office, you must submit proper proof of your age, your residency, and your identity.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • your current Louisiana driver's license
  • your birth certificate
  • Other documentation which reasonably establishes your identity, your age, and your residency. 

 

How to Check Registration

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Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State's Polling Place Locator or contact your Parish Registrar of Voter's Office (PDF)

List of Parish Registrar's Offices

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

All registered voters in Louisiana may vote early.

Nov. 2-9, 2012 is the early voting period for the Nov. 16, 2013 (except Sunday). The registrars of voters will open their offices from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for each day of early voting.

When you go to cast your vote early, you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that has your name and signature.

Where may you vote early?

  • At your parish Registrar of Voters office. 

For additional sites designated by certain parish registrars please visit the Louisiana Secretary of State's Early Voting webpage.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

In Louisiana you must have a reason to be eligible to vote by mail, unless you are a military or overseas citizen

Who may vote absentee?

  • U.S. service members (and their spouses and dependents),
  • A student or professor (and their spouses and dependents) of an institution of higher learning located outside the parish in which he/she is qualified to vote and who lives outside of said parish by reason thereof,  
  • A minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy (and his/her spouse and dependents) assigned to a religious post outside of the parish in which he/she is registered,
  • A person who expects to  be temporarily away from the parish in which he/she is qualified to vote during the early voting period and Election Day,  
  • A person who, after the end of the registration period, has moved his/her residence to another parish, and the new residence is more than one hundred miles from the parish seat of his/her former residence, in which case he/she may vote absentee in the parish of his/her former residence;
  • A person involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside the parish in which he/she is qualified to vote, who is not interdicted and not judicially declared incompetent;
  • A person residing outside the United States. 
  • A member of a sequestered jury on Election Day;
  • A person who expects to be hospitalized on Election Day and who did not have knowledge of his proposed hospitalization until after the early voting period; OR a person who expects to be hospitalized on Election Day and who was hospitalized during the early voting period; OR a person who was hospitalized and released prior to an election but who is either hospitalized or restricted to his bed by his physician during early voting and is restricted to his bed by his physician on Election Day.
  • A person who by virtue of his employment or occupation expects to be out of his precinct of registration and upon the waters of the state both during the early voting period and on Election Day.
  • A person who lives at home and is approved for participation in the Special Handicapped Program,
  • A person incarcerated in an institution inside or outside the parish in which he is qualified to vote, who is not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony, may only vote absentee by mail, all other conditions being satisfied,
  • A participant in the Department of State Address Confidentiality Program.
  • Any qualified voter who submits any of the following to the registrar:
    • A copy of a current mobility-impaired identification card issued by the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
    • A copy of current proof of disability showing eligibility for social security benefits, veteran's disability benefits, paratransit services, benefits from the office for citizens with developmental disabilities, or benefits from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.
    • Current proof of disability from a physician.
  • A senior citizen (65 or older)   

Timeline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail

  • Military Personnel: Anytime before 4:30 p.m. on the day before election day
  • U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S.: Anytime before 4:30 p.m. on the day before election day
  • Hospitalization: By 4:30 p.m. on the day before election day
  • All others: Anytime before 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before election day

Deadlines for returning your voted ballots

  • Military Personnel: By 8 p.m. on election day
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.: By 8 p.m. on election day
  • Hospitalization: By 8 p.m. on election day
  • All others: By 4:30 p.m. on the day before election day

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Identification Requirements

To vote, you must present a valid photo ID to your precinct official.   Acceptable photo IDs include

  • A Louisiana driver's license
  • A Louisiana special ID card
  • Any other generally-accepted picture ID card

If you do not have a photo ID, you may still vote if you (1) sign an affidavit, and (2) present to the polling official one of the following:

  • a utility bill,
  • payroll check, or
  • any government document that includes your  name and address

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

If you have moved within the same PRECINCT (and parish) and have not updated your address for voter registration purposes, you should vote at the polling place of the last address on file with the registrar of voters.  However, when you vote, you must fill out an address confirmation card affirming the new address within the precinct. 

If you have moved to a different precinct within the same PARISH and have not updated your address for voter registration purposes, you should vote at the polling place of your last address on file with the registrar of voters.  However, when you vote, you must fill out an address confirmation card affirming the new address within the precinct.

If you have moved OUTSIDE your parish, you are no longer eligible to remain registered in that parish. You must register in your new parish, and you must do so before the registration deadline.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

 

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's (FVAP) Louisiana-specific FPCA page.

 

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.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Louisiana-specific FPCA page.

 

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Louisiana-specific FWAB page.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

You must submit documentation to the registrar of voters in your parish showing that you are no longer under an order of imprisonment or that you have been pardoned. You must submit the documentation in person or you may submit by mail if you qualify under the physically handicapped program, by showing proof of your disability. 

Proof of disability includes:

  • either a current mobility-impaired identification card
  • certificate of a medical doctor or optometrist certifying to the disability
  • current documentation showing eligibility for social security disability benefits, veteran's disability benefits, para-transit services, the office for citizens with developmental disabilities or benefits from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. 

For more information, visit the Secretary of State website

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Election Protection Materials

FAQ

Manual

Voter Checklist

For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities

For more information for student voters, visit the Louisiana Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

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