Louisiana Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: November 17th (by mail)


Do First Time Voters Need ID?


Do All Voters Need ID?


Complete Louisiana Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? Yes
Student ID accepted? Yes


What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • Driver’s license,
  • Louisiana Special ID
  • Student ID
    • If it contains a photo, name and signature
  • Any generally recognized picture I.D. that contains your name and signature


Voters who have no picture ID may bring a utility bill, payroll check or government document that includes their name and address but they will have to sign an affidavit furnished by the Elections Division in order to vote. If they lack any of  above documents,  a polling representative will ask them questions about their identity, taken from their voter registration. If the polling representative is satisfied with the answers, then the voter will then sign an affidavit in order to vote.

*From phone call with the state elections division on 10/25/2012

Louisiana Student Voter Info

Students who lived in Louisiana but moved to another state for school, and who wish to establish or keep their Louisiana voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. Louisiana law explicitly gives students who move to the state in order to attend school the right to register at their school address and you do not need “intent to reside indefinitely.” Or, if you are from another parish in Louisiana, you can choose to register either at your school address or your home address.

Lousiana Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.