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Louisiana Voter Info

The general election is Nov 3, 2020
Louisiana
, here’s all the info you need to know!

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Important Dates to know, Louisiana!

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Received by Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:30pm CDT

Return by Mon Nov 2, 2020 4:30pm CST

Early Voting

Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:00am CDT – Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:00pm CDT

Can I Vote by Mail? (Absentee)

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:30pm CDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Mon Nov 2, 2020 4:30pm CST

You may request an absentee ballot by mail for the following reasons:

  • You are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of medical conditions; are subject to a quarantine order; are advised by a health provider to self-quarantine; are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking medical confirmation; or are caring for someone who is isolated because of the disease.
  • You are a student, instructor, or professor located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof
  • 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
  • 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; or 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 expect to be out of your precinct of registration and upon the waters of the state 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 under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
  • You are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program
  • You will be sequestered on the day of the election.

Additionally, if you are 65 years of age or older or are disabled, you may enroll in the Senior Citizen or Disability Program through your parish registrar of voters and will automatically and permanently receive a ballot by mail for all elections. If you are a resident of a nursing home, veterans' home, or a hospital for an extended stay for a physical disability, you can also enroll in the nursing home early voting program. Once accepted by the registrar of voters, the registrar or a deputy registrar will go to your home facility during a period of a week prior to the beginning of early voting through the last day of early voting.

Am I eligible to register to vote?

You are eligible to vote in Louisiana if you:
  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Reside in Louisiana and the parish in which you want to vote
You are NOT eligible to vote in Louisiana if:
  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights
  • You are under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
You may preregister to vote in Louisiana
  • at the age 17 (16 if registering in person at the registrar of voters or at the office of motor vehicles)
Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:
  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Can I vote if I have a record?

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights restored for those on probation or parole who have not been incarcerated during the last five years. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

I am a college student. Where do I register to vote?

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.

Will I need ID?

To register to vote in Louisiana you should provide one of the following:
  • Your Louisiana Driver's License Number
  • Louisiana Special ID Card Number
  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your Current Name and Address
  • Current Utility Bill
If you are registered to vote in Louisiana, you are required to show ID to vote; or, if you do not have an accepted ID you may instead sign an affidavit. Accepted forms of ID include:
  • Valid Louisiana Driver's License
  • Louisiana Special ID Card
  • Other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the name and signature of voter

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Louisiana Voter Info

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