Louisiana Election Information

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2014 Primary Election: November 4, 2014

2014 General Election: December 6, 2014

For more information, visit the Louisiana Secretary of State website.

Other Important Election Information

Polling Place Hours: 6 AM to 8 PM on Election Day

If there is a Saturday Election Date then the polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM.

Early Voting is October 21 to October 28 for the November 4, 2014 for congressional primary election from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (except Sunday).

Early Voting is Nov. 22-29, 2014 for the Dec. 6, 2014 general election from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (except Sunday).

Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State's Polling Place Locator.  The state of Louisiana also has a free app for iPhone and Android phones to check voting locations.

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Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Election: October 5, 2014

2014 General Election: November 5, 2014

You must register at least 30 days before an election.

How to Check if You Are Registered

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or visit the Louisiana Secretary of State's Polling Place Locator or contact your Parish Registrar of Voter's Office.

Registration Eligibility

In order to vote in Louisiana, you MUST:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day;
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony;
  • Not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights; and
  • Reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register. 

How to Register

Online

You may register to vote online in Louisiana.  The online voter registration form asks for your Louisiana driver’s license number or a Louisiana special ID card, the last four digits of your social security number, as well as a home address in Louisiana.  If you do not have a Louisiana driver’s license or ID card, you may fill out the online voter registration form, print it, and mail the completed form to your parish’s Registrar of Voters.  If you do not have a Louisiana driver’s license, ID card, or social security number, you may mail either a copy of your current photo identification or a copy of a government document, bank statement, paycheck, utility bill or other government-issued document that contains your name and address along with your printed and completed online voter registration form to your parish’s Registrar of Voters.

By Mail

You may vote by mail by completing the Louisiana Voter Registration Application and mailing it or by delivering it in person to your parish’s Registrar of Voters office.  Louisiana will send you a verification mailing card after it receives your registration form in order to verify your address.  Your registration must be completed at least 30 days before an election in order to be eligible to vote.

In Person

You may register to vote in person at any Registrar of Voters office.  At the Registrar of Voters office, you will be asked for proof of age, residency and identity.  To prove age, residency and identity, you should submit your current Louisiana driver’s license, a birth certificate, or another document that shows your age, residency and identity.  For persons with no picture ID, a utility bill, payroll check or government document that includes your name and address will also be accepted.

In addition to the Registrar of Voter’s Office, you can also register to vote in person at the following locations:

  • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles;
  • Louisiana Department of Social Services;
  • WIC offices;
  • Food stamp offices;
  • Medicaid offices;
  • Offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or
  • Armed forces recruitment offices.

If you choose to register at any of these public agencies, you do not need to bring any additional proof of identification.  You will need to provide whatever is required for services received by the particular public agency.

Identification Required for Registration

To register to vote in person at a parish Registrar of Voters office, you must submit proper proof of your age, your residency, and your identity. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Your current Louisiana driver's license;
  • Your birth certificate; or
  • Other documentation which reasonably establishes your identity, your age, and your residency. 

If You Want to Vote Early

All registered voters in Louisiana may vote early at your parish Registrar of Voters office.

Early Voting is October 21 to October 28 for the November 4, 2014 for congressional primary election from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (except Sunday).

Early Voting is Nov. 22-29, 2014 for the Dec. 6, 2014 general election from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (except Sunday).

The registrars of voters will open their offices from 8:30 AM to 6 PM  for each day of early voting.

When you go to cast your vote early, you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit.  You may use a driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that has your name and signature.  For additional sites designated by certain parish registrars please visit the Louisiana Secretary of State's Early Voting webpage.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

In Louisiana you must have a reason to be eligible to vote by mail, unless you are a military or overseas citizen

Registered voters who are eligible to vote absentee include:

  • U.S. service members (and their spouses and dependents);
  • You are a student, instructor, or professor located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
  • You are a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
  • You are or expect to be temporarily outside the territorial limits of the state or absent from your parish of registration during the early voting period and on Election Day;
  • You moved your residence to another parish more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your former residence after the voter registration books closed (the books close 30 days prior to an election);
  • You are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration and you are not interdicted and not judicially declared incompetent;
  • You expect to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have knowledge until after the time for early voting had expired; or you were hospitalized during the time for early voting and you expect to be hospitalized on Election Day; or you were either hospitalized or restricted to bed by your physician during early voting and on Election Day;
  • You expect to be out of your precinct of registration and upon the waters of the state both during the early voting period and on Election Day because of your employment or occupation;
  • You are incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony;
  • You are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program; or
  • You will be sequestered on the day of the election. 

Voters who are 65 or older, residing in a nursing home or residing in a veterans home may enroll in the Senior Citizen or Disability Program through their parish registrar of voters.  If you are accepted then you be enrolled to automatically received mail-in ballot for all elections.  To enroll in this program you must also enclose a copy of a photo ID (Louisiana driver’s license, Louisiana special ID card or other photo ID with name and signature) or a letter of oath that lists the names and addresses of two persons residing in your precinct who could make oath, if required, to the fact that you are physically disabled.  To find out more information on how to enroll in this program and additional qualifications visit the Louisiana Secretary of State website.

How to Request an Absentee Ballot

A voter requesting an absentee ballot must log onto the Louisiana Voter Portal and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Click the 'By Voter' button;
  2. Type in your First Name, Last Name, and Zip Code or Birth Month and Year and then click the 'Submit' button;
  3. Click the "Voting Information" tab;
  4. Click the 'Online Absentee Request' link found in the first sentence of Frequently Asked Questions; and
  5. Complete requested information and submit.

If you do not want to request an absentee ballot online, you may also print an application to vote by mail which you complete and mail to your parish registrar of voters.

You must request your ballot by 4:30 PM on the 4th day before Election Day, except for military personnel and their dependents, U.S. Citizens who reside outside the United States or if you are hospitalized.  Those voters have until 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day.

Absentee ballot must be received by your parish registrar of voters by 4:30 PM. on the day before Election Day, except for the following voters who have until 8 PM on Election Day:

  • Military personnel and/or their dependents;
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.; or
  • Voters that are hospitalized.

You can track the status of your absentee by mail ballot.

Identification Required for Registration

To register to vote in person at a parish Registrar of Voters office, you must submit proper proof of your age, your residency, and your identity.  Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Your current Louisiana driver's license;
  • Your birth certificate; or
  • Other documentation which reasonably establishes your identity, your age, and your residency. 

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

To vote, you must present a valid photo ID to your precinct official.  Acceptable photo IDs include:

  • A Louisiana driver's license;
  • A Louisiana special ID card; and
  • Any other generally-accepted picture ID card that shows your name and signature.

If you would like to have a Louisiana Special ID, you may get a free one at the Office of Motor Vehicles by presenting your voter information card.  If you need a new voter information card, you may contact your parish’s Registrar of Voters or print a new one from the Louisiana Voter Portal online under the “Voter Registration” section. 

If you have moved within the same PRECINCT (and parish) and have not updated your address for voter registration purposes, you should vote at the polling place of the last address on file with the registrar of voters.  However, when you vote, you must fill out an address confirmation card affirming the new address within the precinct. 

If you have moved to a different precinct within the same PARISH and have not updated your address for voter registration purposes, you should vote at the polling place of your last address on file with the registrar of voters.  However, when you vote, you must fill out an address confirmation card affirming the new address within the precinct.

If you have moved OUTSIDE your parish, you are no longer eligible to remain registered in that parish.  You must register in your new parish, and you must do so before the registration deadline.

Louisiana allows military and overseas voters to vote in elections.  Voters may request an absentee ballot online through the Louisiana Voter Portal or they may print the absentee ballot form for military and overseas citizens and mail a completed copy to your parish’s Registrar of Voters.

Military and overseas citizens can also use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Louisiana-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Louisiana-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Louisiana-specific FWAB page.

Ballots must be received by:

  • Military Deadline: 8 PM on election day.
  • Overseas Citizens: 8 PM on election day.
  • Others: 4:30 PM on  the day before election day.

You must submit documentation to the registrar of voters in your parish showing that you are no longer under an order of imprisonment or that you have been pardoned.  You must submit the documentation in person or you may submit by mail if you qualify under the physically handicapped program, by showing proof of your disability. 

Proof of disability includes:

  • Either a current mobility-impaired identification card;
  • Certificate of a medical doctor or optometrist certifying to the disability; and
  • Current documentation showing eligibility for social security disability benefits, veteran's disability benefits, para-transit services, the office for citizens with developmental disabilities or benefits from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. 

For more information, visit the Secretary of State website.

FAQ

Electionary

Top Issues to Field

For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.”

For more information for student voters, visit the Louisiana Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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