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.
Due to COVID-19, Louisiana has moved its presidential preference primary to July 11th. Louisiana also moved their municipal elections across the state to Aug. 15th.
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: June 20th to July 4th
You can vote in-person at your registrar of voters’ office and designated locations from June 20th to July 4th before the election. No excuse required.
To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here) no later than July 7th 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 July 10th.
You’ll need to give an excuse to vote by mail absentee ballot. 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.