Louisiana

ABOUT THIS STATE

Louisiana! The Pelican is your state bird and that makes sense because you're both graceful and can hold multiple fish in your mouth. But we digress. This election is coming up fast and we need your help! Here is everything you need to know so that you and your loved ones are fully prepared for what might be the biggest election of our lives. On Election Day, drive your parade float to your nearest polling site and make your voice heard!

Key Dates

Oct 11

Voter Registration Deadline (by mail and in-person)

Oct 18

Voter Registration Deadline (online)

Oct 25 – Nov 1

Early Voting Period (Excluding Oct 30)

Oct 20

Suggested Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 4

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 7

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline

Nov 8

Election Day

Nov 26 – Dec 3

Runoff Election Early Voting Period

Dec 6

Runoff Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Dec 10

Runoff Election

Louisiana Voter Guide

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  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

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  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

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  • Can I vote by mail?

    Lol no. Only certain voters are eligible to cast a ballot by mail, in this case called absentee voting. If you think you might need to vote absentee, go here to find out how.

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  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! Early voting is Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 30) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Do I need an ID?

    You should bring an Louisiana driver's license or special ID card, or any ID card with your name and signature on it. But if you don't have anything like that, you can fill out and sign an affidavit with your date of birth and mother's maiden name to verify your identity. Get the specifics here from VoteRiders.

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  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee/by mail, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, polling places will be open from 6am to 8pm on Election Day, and you can find the polling place closest to you here.

    Find Your Polling Place

SINCE YOU LAST VOTED…

Since 2020, it’s gotten easier to cast your ballot in Louisiana. Here are the changes you need to pay attention to:

When registering to vote…

  • High school students 17 and older will now be able to register through their high schools (public and charter).

When making a plan to vote…

  • Parishes now have more leeway to open early voting locations, so hopefully it’ll be easier for you to cast your vote.
  • Early voting starts four days earlier than it used to, now beginning eighteen days before Election Day and ending one week before.

Resources

  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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