How to vote in Louisiana

Election Day for the Open General Election is December 5, 2020. You can vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day. You can also request an absentee ballot to vote by mail.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before Election Day in Louisiana.

To register in Louisiana you must:
  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be 17 years old (16 years old if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles), but must be 18 years old to vote;
  • not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony or, if under such an order not have been incarcerated pursuant to the order within the last five years and not be under an order of imprisonment related to a felony conviction for election fraud or any other election offense pursuant to La. R.S. 18:1461.2;
  • not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights;
  • reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register; and
  • must be registered at least 20 days prior to an election if registering through our GeauxVote Online Registration System with a Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card or 30 days prior to an election if registering in person or by mail to be eligible to vote in that particular election. If mailing in an application, the application or envelope must be postmarked 30 days prior to the first election in which you seek to vote.
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote in person

Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person voting.


Vote on Election Day

Voters registered in Louisiana can look up where to vote on Louisiana's site.

Vote early

Louisiana voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Friday, November 20, 2020 to Saturday, November 28, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

What to bring

  • You will be asked to show photo ID to vote in Louisiana. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a Louisiana driver's license or special ID card; LA Wallet digital driver's license; a United States military identification card that contains the applicant's name and picture; or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee. You can also request a ballot online. We encourage you to request and return ballots as early as possible.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. Your ballot must be received by Friday, December 4, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. You may also return your ballot in person by Friday, December 4, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. You can find ballot tracking information here.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Louisiana sample ballot or by visiting Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Election Day registration

Louisiana does not offer registration on Election Day.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Louisiana. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Louisiana's voter registration lookup tool.

Key dates and deadlines

Election day is Dec. 5

Registration deadlines
Online: Nov. 14
By mail: Postmarked by Nov. 4
In person: Nov. 4

Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Dec. 1
Return by mail: Received by Dec. 4 by 4:30 p.m.
Return in person: Dec. 4 by 4:30 p.m.

Early voting
Nov. 20 - Nov. 28, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

Election contact information for Louisiana

Address:
Secretary of State
8585 Archives Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone Number:
225-922-0900

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