How to vote in Louisiana

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Louisiana offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person. Louisiana offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Louisiana. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Louisiana you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Louisiana (Residence address must be address where you claim homestead exemption, if any, except for a resident in a nursing home or veteran's home who may select to use the address of the nursing home or veterans' home or the home where he has a homestead exemption. A college student may elect to use his home address or his address while away at school.)
  • be at least 17 years old to register by mail (16 years old to register in person at the registrar of voters office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles), and be 18 years old prior to the next election to vote
  • not currently be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
  • not currently be under a judgment of interdiction for mental incompetence

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Louisiana can look up where to vote on Louisiana's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Louisiana voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 30, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • You will be asked to show photo ID to vote in Louisiana. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a Louisiana driver's license or special ID card; or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, like a passport.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday, November 2.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Louisiana.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Louisiana's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Sunday, October 7.
  • The early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 30, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday, November 2.

Election contact information for Louisiana

Address:
Secretary of State
8585 Archives Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone Number:
225-922-0900