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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Louisiana, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Louisiana Election Website or call (225) 922-0900 to learn more about your states voting details.

Important Dates - State Primary

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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.

Presidential Primaries

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.

Statewide Primaries

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 + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 30th to Nov. 6th

You can vote early in Louisiana at your registrar of voters’ office and designated locations from Oct. 30th to Nov. 6th. No excuse required.

To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Nov. 9th at 4:30 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot you may return it in person or by mail. If returning by mail, it must be received by your parish registrar of voters by Nov.12th.

You’ll need to give an excuse to vote-by-mail. 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.


Voter ID + Access for Louisiana

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted
  • ID needed to vote absentee

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • The pre-registration age is 16
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.

    Have you been convicted of a felony?

    See what the registration laws are in your state below.

    Felon Re-Enfranchisement Laws

    Voting and attending college?

    Get information on how to vote from Campus Vote Project below.

    College Student Voting Info