Registration Deadlines & Election Dates
General Voter Registration Deadlines:
- For paper/mail-in applications: 30 days before Election Day
- For online voter registration: 20 days before Election Day
2022 Voter Registration Deadlines:
The following is important information for the Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 2022, Open Congressional Primary Election:
- The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Oct. 11.
- The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Oct. 18.
- Early voting is Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 30) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is Nov. 4 by 4:30 p.m.
- The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is Nov. 7 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).
- Vote in-person on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Congressional General Election
The following is important information for the Saturday, Dec. 10 Congressional General Election:
- The deadline to register to vote in person, by mail or at the OMV Office is Nov. 9.
- The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Nov. 19.
- Early voting is Nov. 26 through Dec. 3 (excluding Sunday, Nov. 27) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Dec. 6 by 4:30 p.m (other than military and overseas voters). You can request an absentee ballot online through the Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office.
- The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is Dec. 9 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).
- On election day, the polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Poll workers will ask in-person voters to show a photo ID that contains your name and signature, but if you do not have one, you may sign an Identification Affidavit instead. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:
- Louisiana driver’s license;
- Louisiana special identification card;
- Student identification card, like your RPCC Student ID;
- LA Wallet digital driver’s license;
- Military ID that contains the voter’s name and photograph;
- or Another generally recognized picture ID card that contains the voter’s name and signature.
Who can vote by Mail?
- You may vote by mail if you have one of the following reasons:
- You are a student, instructor, or professor living outside your parish of registration
- You are 65 years of age or older
- You are or expect to be temporarily outside of Louisiana or your parish during the early voting period and on Election Day
- You work or expect to be offshore during the early voting period and on Election Day
- You reside in a nursing home, veterans’ home or hospital for an extended stay for a physical disability and are unable to vote in person during early voting or at the polls on Election Day. (Note: you must provide a physician’s letter which indicates that by reason of your disability, you are unable to appear in person to vote either during early voting or on Election Day.)
- You are a member of the clergy assigned outside your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof
- You have moved more than 100 miles from the parish of your former residence after the registration 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 have not judicially been declared incompetent
- You expect to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have knowledge of the hospitalization until after the early voting period has ended or were hospitalized during early voting and expect to remain hospitalized on Election Day
- You are or expect to be incarcerated and are not convicted of a felony
- You are a participation in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program
- You will be sequestered on the day of the election for Jury Duty
The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day. You may request a ballot online if you possess a Louisiana driver's license or ID card, or submit an application by mail to your parish registrar of voters.
If this is your first time voting in Louisiana and you are voting by mail because you are student attending school outside your parish of registration, be sure to include a copy of your student ID or a fee bill.
Disabled or Homebound Voters: Voters who have a physical disability or who are homebound and require assistance to vote may apply for an absentee ballot using the Disabled Application for Absentee By Mail Ballot. If you qualify to vote under this excuse, you will need to submit proof of disability and, if you submit your request by mail, a copy of photo ID or the names and addresses for two people who reside in your precinct and who could make an oath, if required, that you have a physical disability.
Completed vote by mail ballots must be returned and received by the parish registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day.
- Any registered voter may vote early in person without an excuse
- Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends 7 days before an election. You may vote early at your parish Registrar of Voters Office from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., excluding Sundays. Some parishes host additional early voting sites.
- All early voting locations can be found at the Secretary of State portal before each election.
Students have a decision about where to register to vote. You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes. You may only be registered and vote in one location.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Louisiana legal professional.
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