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Elections and Voting
The next election date is: March 25, 2017.
The deadline to register for this election is: March 4, 2017.
Register to Vote
There are three (3) ways to register to vote in the State of Louisiana.:
- Register Online - You can register online by clicking the link. You may also make any changes to your voter registration at this link.
- Register In-Person - You can register in-person at any Registrar of Voters Office. You may also register in-person at any of the following locations:
- Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
- Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
- WIC offices
- food stamp offices
- Medicaid offices
- offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices
- Armed Forces offices
- Register by Mail - You can also print and mail this form to your local Registrar of Voters Office.
For more information or for information on what you will need if applying in-person, please visit the Secretary of State's Register to Vote website.
Voting by Mail
In Louisiana, you can vote by mail with an absentee ballot if you meet one of the following conditions:
- Senior citizen (65+) - Once you apply and are accepted, you will automatically receive your ballot by mail for each upcoming election unless you cancel or the ballot is returned as undeliverable.
- Temporarily Absent - If you will be absent from the state or the parish in which you reside during both the early voting period and election day, you may request a mail ballot. You will be required to list the dates in which you will be absent from your home parish and/or state.
- Offshore - If you expect to be offshore for work or otherwise during both the early voting period and election day, you may request a mail ballot.
- Nursing Home - If you reside in a nursing home, veterans' home or hospital for an extended period of time for a disability and are unable to vote in person during early voting and election day, you can enroll in the Nursing Home Early Voting Program. To participate, you must have a physician's letter in addition to completing the application. (Please note: If you are 65+, you qualify to receive your mail ballot automatically by mail.)
- Higher Education - If you are a student, instructor or professor located and living outside of the parish of your registration, or the spouse or dependent of one, you may request a ballot by mail.
- Clergy - If you are a priest, pastor, minister, rabbi, imam, or any other member of clergy assigned outside the parish of your registration, you may request a mail ballot.
- Moved Out Of Parish - If you moved more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your registration after the 30 day registration deadline (30 days prior to an election), you may request a mail ballot.
- Involuntary Confinement - If you are involuntarily confined in a mental institution outside of your parish of residence and have not been judicially declared incompetent, you may request a mail ballot.
- Hospitalized - If you were unexpectedly hospitalized after the early voting period and expect to be hospitalized on election day; or if you were or expect to be hospitalized both during the early voting period and on election day, you can request a mail ballot.
- Incarcerated - If you are incarcerated in a parish outside of your residence and registration and was not imprisoned for conviction of a felony, you may request a ballot.
- Address Confidentiality Program - If you are a program participant of the secretary of state's Address Confidentiality Program, you may vote by mail.
- Juror - If you are sequestered on election day, you may request a ballot.
If you meet one of these conditions, you can register for your mail ballot online here.
You can vote in-person at locations specified by your local Registrar of Voters Office fourteen (14) to seven (7) days prior to a scheduled election.
For more information on Early Voting, visit the Secretary of State's Vote Early website.
Election Day Voting
To vote on election day, be sure to have one of the following:
- a driver's license
- a Louisiana Special ID
- some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature
If you do not have a driver's license, Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit.
You may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card.
For further information on Election Day Voting, visit the Secretary of State's Vote on Election Day website.