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Louisiana Voter Information

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Important dates

Local elections

Local elections are held every year and may include school board elections, sheriff elections, and county elections, among others.

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Presidential General Election, Open Primary Elections, & Open Congressional Elections

Federal election held for U.S. President, and open primary elections for U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, as well as select other statewide and local elections and constitutional amendments. If no candidate in primary races receives more than 50% of the vote, a second round of voting between the top two candidates with the most votes will be held on December 5, 2020.

  1. Deadline to register to vote in person or by mail
  2. Deadline to register to vote online
  3. Early voting begins
  4. Early voting ends
  5. Deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot (by 4:30 p.m.). In Louisiana, you must have an excuse to be eligible to vote absentee by mail. This year, there are 5 COVID-19 related excuses.
  6. Deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot (by 4:30 p.m.)
  7. Election Day, polls open

Open General Elections, Congressional General Election, & Republican State Central Committee (RSCC) Election

Runoff elections held between top two candidates in races not determined by a majority vote on November 3, as well as select other races.

  1. Deadline to register to vote in person or by mail
  2. Deadline to register to vote online
  3. Early voting begins
  4. Last day to vote early in person
  5. Deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot. In Louisiana, you must have a reason to be eligible to vote absentee by mail, unless you meet an exception.
  6. Deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot
  7. Election Day, polls open 7 AM to 8 PM CST

Know your rights

Under Federal law, you have a right to:

  • Vote free from intimidation.
  • Cast a vote by provisional ballot if there is uncertainty regarding your registration status or eligibility.
  • Receive assistance when voting if you are unable to vote unaided due to blindness, disability, illiteracy, or inability to read English; and you have a right to choose who assists you, so long as they are not your employer or union representative.

Under Louisiana law, you have a right to:

  • Receive assistance when voting after providing supporting documentation if you are unable to vote unaided due to blindness, disability, illiteracy, or inability to read English. You may choose who assists you, with some exceptions (e.g. candidates for office).
  • Vote if you are in line by the time polls close.
  • Vote in your old parish for 3 months or until you register in your new parish, whichever occurs first.
  • Advance to the front of the voting line if you have a visible physical disability.

ID requirements

When voting in-person on Election Day, you will be asked to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • Louisiana driver’s license
  • Louisiana special ID card
  • Military ID with photo
  • Other generally recognized picture identification with name and signature

Forgot your ID?

You may be requested to sign an affidavit, provide date of birth, and other information stated in the precinct register (poll book).


Don’t have an ID?

You may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit.

Report issues

Have you experienced or observed voter suppression efforts (e.g. polling place changes, voter purges, intimidation, or local practices that result in long waits to vote on Election Day)?

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About Voting Rights Defender

LDF’s Voting Rights Defender (“VRD”) project broadens monitoring and tracking of voter suppression efforts in targeted jurisdictions months in advance of Election Day to identify as early as possible those suppression measures that warrant a responsive action.

Learn more about the Voting Rights Defender project

Our local partners

VRD will connect local partners with a resource team to combat suppressive measures using public exposure/media coverage, advocacy efforts with local actors/decisionmakers (e.g. calls, letters, petitions), and, if necessary, litigation.

Disclaimer: The information here is a resource and not legal advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and not as a substitute for or supplement to the legal advice necessary to address the specific concerns of any individual. Moreover, Louisiana may revise its laws after the publication of this site. Therefore, it is your responsibility to determine how all applicable laws concerning voter registration, voting, and the restoration of voting rights in Louisiana affect you.