Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Louisiana voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.
Absentee voting is available if you meet specific criteria. The last day to request your ballot varies, as does the deadline to return the voted ballot. The deadline for most voters to request their absentee ballot is four days before Election Day. You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. For most voters, the deadline to return the voted absentee ballot is a day before the election. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person may only do so by a provisional ballot. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.
Please see below for more information.
You must have a reason to vote by mail, unless you are a military or overseas citizen. There are 12 reasons to vote by mail:
To request normal absentee ballots by mail, you must complete and return a request for absentee ballot indicating the reason you are not able to vote in person absentee or in person on Election Day.
You may request an absentee ballot as early as 60 days prior to the election. Your voted ballot must be witnessed and signed in order to be accepted.
Timeline to request an absentee ballot by mail
Deadlines for returning your voted ballots
No drop boxes available.
Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters office or at designated locations in the parish from 14 days to seven days before any scheduled election. You do not need a reason to vote early.
For more information on dates and locations for early voting, please use your state's resource.
To be eligible to vote you must be:
If you register to vote in person at a parish registrar of voters office, you are required to prove age, residency, and identity. You may submit your current state driver's license, birth certificate, or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age, and residency.
If you don't have a photo ID you can also bring a utility bill, payroll check or government document that includes your name and address.
To register to vote online you must have either a Louisiana driver's license or ID card to complete the form.
To vote, you must present a valid photo ID.
Acceptable photo ID includes:
If you do not have any form of ID, you can still vote by signature on a voter affidavit.
You can also get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card.
Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted 3 days after the election.
Official election results will be uploaded on Louisiana’s Secretary of State website as they become available.Official Results
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
In order to be a poll worker in Louisiana, you must:
Polls will be open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm on all Tuesday elections, and from 7:00am to 8:00pm on all Saturday elections.
There are several reasons why you may vote a provisional ballot.
For all these instances, you may vote a paper provisional ballot for federal offices, you will not be allowed to vote on the voting machines for state, local or municipal offices, propositions or constitutional amendments.
Provisional ballots are counted by 3 days after the election. If you would like to know if it was counted, please utilize your state's resource. Voters should wait at least 7 days after an election to check the status.
Voters who are physically unable to vote in person at the polls on Election Day and unable to vote in person at the registrar's office may be eligible for the special program for physically handicapped voters. Call your parish registrar of voters office and ask for more details to see if you are eligible. Disabled voters may go to the front of the line at their polling place.
Proof of disability is required to be filed with the Registrar of Voters either in person or through the mail. Proof of disability include:
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
You must be registered 30 days prior to an election (20 days if registering online) to be eligible to vote in that particular election.
You can now register to vote online! If you submit your application online you must have a Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card number to complete the process. You will also need to enter the last four digits of your social security number on the form.
You may also register to vote by mail or in person by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application, completing it and mailing it or turning it in yourself to your local Registrar of Voters Office. If mailing in an application, the application or envelope must be postmarked 30 days prior to the election in which you want to vote in.
Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
The voting system used in Louisiana is DRE.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.
There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.
Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.
You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.
You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.
Secretary of State
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8549 United Plaza Blvd.
Baton Rouge 70804-9125