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 Louisana.
Note that the Nov. 3rd election is considered a "primary" in Louisana. If neither presidential candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, they go to the state's general election on December 5th.
Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.
The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.
Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Louisiana:
Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.
Your state has a "received by" deadline of Monday, November 2nd. The post office suggests that ballots are mailed at least two weeks prior to make the "received by" deadline. Don't wait! You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.
Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.
Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.
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. 20th-Oct. 27th
You can vote in-person at your registrar of voters’ office and designated locations from Oct. 20th- 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.