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2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2016

For more information, visit the Louisiana "GeauxVote" website.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central time on Election Day.

Early Voting:

Any registered voter can vote early in person. No excuses are necessary. Some voters with certain excuses can vote by mail. Early voting begins 14 to 7 days prior to each election at the Registrar of Voters office.

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.

Registered voters can vote by mail (“Absentee Voting”) if they can 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; being disabled; or your profession or health prohibits you from being able to vote within your parish of registration.

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. 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. the day BEFORE Election Day.

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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: October 11, 2016. Voters can register in person, by mail, at the Department of Motor Vehicles or at other designated voter registration agencies, or online at  https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/VoterRegistration.

How to Check Your Registration: You can check your registration on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s “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;
  • Be an actual bona fide resident of Louisiana;
  • Be at least 17 years old to register, and 18 years old to vote;
  • Not be imprisoned for conviction of a felony; and
  • Not be under a judgment of full interdiction or limited interdiction where your right to vote has been suspended.

How to Register: Virginia residents may register in person, my mail, or online.

Online: You can register to vote online on the GeauxVote website.

By Mail: You can register to vote by mail by downloading a mail-in form from the Louisiana Secretary of State website and mailing it to your parish registrar of voters. The registrar of voters mails a verification mailing card to verify the address you have provided 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:

  • Your local parish registrar of voters;
  • 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: If you have a Louisiana driver’s license or special identification card, you must provide that ID number, on your registration. Otherwise, you must provide at least the last four digits of your social security number.

If you are registering for the first time by mail, and you don’t have a driver’s license, special identification card, or social security number, you should attach one of the following documents, in order to avoid additional identification requirements for first time voters:

a)      A copy of a current and valid photo identification; or

b)      A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early by In-Person Absentee Ballot: All registered voters can vote early in person. You don’t need to provide an excuse to vote early in person.

Early voting occurs 14 to 7 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; being disabled; or your profession or health prohibits you from being able to vote within your parish of registration. 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. 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. the day BEFORE Election Day.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot: Louisiana voters may present a valid form of photo identification. If the voter does not have the required ID, you can complete and sign an affidavit which includes your date of birth and mother’s maiden name.

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

Valid forms of identification include:

  • Valid Louisiana Driver’s License;
  • Valid Louisiana special identification card; or
  • Other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the voter’s name and signature.

VoteRiders has created Louisiana voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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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 his/her old polling place by regular ballot, provided that the voter 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

If you have completed your sentence and had your registration reinstated, you can vote. Individuals who are currently “under an order of imprisonment” for a felony conviction may not vote (which includes individuals on parole or probation, or serving a suspended sentence).

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

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

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