Don’t miss your next election!
On Nov. 13th, New Orleans and other jurisdictions across Louisiana will hold municipal and special elections. The deadline for online voter registration is Oct. 23rd, or you can register to vote in person or mail-in by Oct. 13th. Note this election was rescheduled due to Hurricane Ida and is operating on an updated calendar.
In Louisiana, you can vote in person during early voting, on Election Day, or by mail. Polling hours are from 7 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.