Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.
Register to vote in Louisiana, or learn more about voter ID & rights.
For the Nov. 3rd election, your voter registration application must be received by mail or hand delivered by Oct. 5th. You can register to vote online through Oct. 13th. You can vote in person during early voting, on Election Day, or vote by mail with an excuse in Louisiana.
Your polling place hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Louisiana registers voters by party and holds a modified primary. Voters who are unaffiliated or registered with the Democratic Party may participate in its primary. Voters who are registered with the Republican party may participate in its primary.
See Louisiana Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.
Louisiana has a unique electoral process. Often the dates we consider national “general election” dates are Louisiana primary dates. All statewide and local candidates in Louisiana are elected by a majority vote. A majority vote is one more than 50% of the total votes cast for that office. When one candidate is to be elected, a candidate who receives a majority of the votes cast for an office in a primary election is elected.
If a majority is not determined in the primary election, there is a general election. In the case of November primaries, the general election is usually in December.
Early Voting Dates: Oct. 16th to Oct. 27th
You can vote in-person at your registrar of voters’ office and designated locations from Oct. 16th- Oct. 27th before the election. No excuse required.
To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 30th at 4:30 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be mailed in and received by your registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 2nd.
You’ll need to give an excuse to vote-by -mail. Info here on what qualifies. If you are unable to sign your application, it must be witnessed with 2 adult signatures. Louisiana allows for permanent absentee status for elderly or disabled voters through their Disability Application.