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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Louisiana.
Excuse required to vote by mail.
Voting by mail is a two-step process in Louisiana
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. You must have a qualifying excuse. The deadline for your application to be received is 4 days before Election Day
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Grab a friend! After you complete your ballot, sign the affidavit envelope in the presence of an adult witness. They must sign it, too. For more info, watch the state-issued video on completing your absentee ballot here.
Remember to sign your return ballot.
Sign section 2 of the voter affidavit on the outside of the ballot envelope.
First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.
ID is required with completed mail-in ballot.
Submit a copy of your valid photo ID with your absentee ballot application. No ID needs to be sent with the actual ballot, but the signature will need to match the signature on the voter registration form.
If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot. You can also return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense).
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office.
Only your immediate family can deliver your ballot for you. A signed statement must be completed upon delivery by this family member, certifying their relationship to you.
If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.
Louisiana does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.
Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot.
You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.
You must appear in person at registrar of voters office by no later than 4:30 p.m. the day before the election to cure the ballot envelope flap deficiency.
Voters in Louisiana must show acceptable photo ID to vote at the polls. Valid forms of identification include;
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Primary Type (D): Closed
Primary Type (R): Closed
Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in that party’s presidential primary. Unaffiliated voters must register with a political party by the voter registration deadline in order to participate in the primary election. See the Louisiana Republican Party or Democratic Party websites for more details.
Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
Early voting is open daily during the early voting period from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Contact your parish registrar of voters for early voting locations.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Louisiana, you can preregister to vote if you are 16. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can not vote in the Louisiana primaries if you are 17 by the next election.