Louisiana Voter Registration
Voter registration deadlines
- In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.
- By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
- Online: 20 days before Election Day
Voter registration rules
To register to vote in Louisiana you must:
- be a U.S. citizen;
- reside in Louisiana and in the 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.
- 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 currently be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony. (If you are under an order but have not been incarcerated within the last five years, you ARE eligible to vote unless your conviction was for election fraud.)
- not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights;
All voter registration information and applications of persons who are 16 or 17 years of age are confidential. For all other registered voters, the following information is confidential:
How to register to vote in Louisiana
- Register Online or change your registration using GeauxVote Online Registration System
- Register in Person at any Registrar of Voters Office.
- Register by Mail by downloading the <ahref=”https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/PublishedDocuments/ApplicationToRegisterToVote.pdf”>Louisiana Voter Registration Application, completing it, and mailing it to your local Registrar of Voters Office.
- Registering with felony status: If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility. Louisiana Absentee Ballots
- In-Person: Received by 4:30 pm, 4 days before Election Day.
- By Mail: Received by 4:30 p.m., 4 days before Election Day.
- Online: Received by 4:30 pm, 4 days before Election Day.
Voted absentee ballots are due
Received by 4:30 pm, 1 day before Election Day (most voters). Election Day (hospitalized voters).
Absentee ballot rules
You may vote by absentee ballot in Louisiana if:
- you are a student or teacher located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
- you are 65 years of age or older;
- 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 Election Day);
- 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; 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 work or expect to be offshore working and expect to be out of your precinct of registration 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 serving time for a felony conviction;
- you are a program participant in the Department of State’s Address Confidentiality Program;
- you will be sequestered on the day of Election Day; or
- you are the secretary of state, an employee of the secretary of state, or an employee of the registrar of voters.
How to get an absentee ballot in Louisiana
- Online Application:You may request an absentee by mail ballot by logging in to the Louisiana Voter Portal and following these steps:
- Click the “Search By Voter” button.
- Type in your First Name, Last Name and Zip Code or Birth Month and Year and then click the “Submit” button;
- Click the “Request Absentee Ballot” link found under the Quick Links heading; and
- Complete requested information and submit.
- Print and Mail Application:You may also print an application to request an absentee by mail ballot which you can complete and deliver to your parish registrar of voters. Delivery may be by U.S. Postal Service, commercial carrier, hand delivery or fax. If hand delivered or faxed, the application can only be for you or your immediate family member. Select the application that applies to you:
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
Status of Your Absentee Ballot
Louisiana early voting
Early voting starts in Louisiana
- 14 days before the election.
Early voting ends in Louisiana
- 7 days before the election.
Louisiana voter ID
In-person voter ID requirements
If you are voting in person in Louisiana (including during early voting), you must present one of the following forms of valid photo ID at the time you vote (plus more if you’re a first time Louisiana voter, see below):
- A Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card;
- A Louisiana wallet digital driver’s license;
- Another generally recognized picture ID card that contains your name and signature
If you don’t have any of the above IDs, you can still cast a ballot by completing a sworn statement.
If you registered to vote in Louisiana for the first time, submitted your voter registration application by mail, and you didn’t provide your Louisiana driver’s license or special ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number when you registered to vote, you will also need to bring a photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, or other government documents that shows your name and address in order to vote.
Absentee voter ID requirements
If you’re not voting for the first time in Louisiana or provided ID at the time of registration, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.
If you’re a first time Louisiana voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered, you’ll need to provide a photocopy of one of the following forms of ID along with your mail ballot:
- A copy of a current photo ID showing your name and photograph
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address (excluding a voter information card)
- State Election Website
- Local Election Office: This is the government office responsible for running elections in your region. These are the best people to contact if you have any questions at all about voting in your state.
- Find your polling place
- Absentee ballot tracker tool
- Learn more about absentee voting
- Learn more about early voting
- Learn more about voter ID
- State Election Code