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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Louisiana

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Louisiana.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
10/16/2020
Early Voting Begins
10/27/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/30/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/02/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 10/16/2020 and ends on 10/27/2020

Contact your local registrar for early voting locations.

How Vote By Mail Works in Louisiana

Voting by mail is a two step process in Louisiana Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. You must have a qualifying excuse. The deadline for your application to be received is Oct. 30th at 4:30 p.m.

  • If you are at high risk for COVID-19, in quarantine or have recently been exposed to COVID-19, or are the caregiver for someone that meets this description, you may qualify for an excuse to vote absentee. Use this application.
  • Be sure to submit a copy of your valid photo ID with your application.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Return in person to your county election office by 4:30 pm Nov. 2nd.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot. Your ballot must be received by 4:30 pm on Nov. 2nd. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Nov. 2nd at 4:30 pm - your ballot will not count.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Excuse Needed to Vote Absentee

You need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Excuses could include being sick or out of town, but it’s best to check with your state directly to see what counts as an excuse.

If you are at high risk for COVID-19, in quarantine from exposure or symptoms of COVID-19, or are the caregiver of someone that is, you may qualify for an excuse to vote absentee.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

Grab a friend! After you complete your ballot, sign the affidavit envelope in the presence of an adult witness. They must sign it, too. For more info, watch the state-issued video on completing your absentee ballot here.  

Use The Right Form of ID

Louisiana voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. Submit a copy of your valid photo ID with your absentee ballot application.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • Local elections office
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Louisiana

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Louisiana First Time Voter Info