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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Louisiana. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Louisiana. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included. This page reflects research completed in April 2014.

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Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, adopted in 1975, where there is a single primary for all candidates. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, then the top two vote-getters -- regardless of party -- advance to a runoff election. Louisiana typically holds its elections on non-regular dates. State executive and legislative elections are held in odd-numbered years, with election dates typically falling on a Saturday. In June 2010, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed HB 292 into law, returning congressional elections to the nonpartisan blanket system in 2012.[1][2][3]

Year-specific dates


See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Louisiana had a primary election on November 4, 2014. Since one candidate did not gain a majority of the vote (more than 50 percent of the total votes cast for that office), a general election was held for the top two candidates who received the most votes on December 6, 2014.[4][5] Voters were to elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The qualifying period for candidates began August 20, 2014 and ended August 22, 2014.[5] The deadline to file to create a new political party in time for the 2014 elections was May 22, 2014.[6] These dates, along with campaign finance reporting deadlines, are included in the table below.[7]

Legend:      Ballot access     Campaign finance     Election date

Dates and requirements for candidates in 2014
Deadline Event type Event Description
February 18, 2014 Campaign finance Annual Report due
May 8, 2014 Campaign finance 180 Days to Primary Election Report due
May 22, 2014 Ballot access Deadline to file to create a new political party
August 6, 2014 Campaign finance 90 Days to Primary Election Report due
August 20, 2014 Ballot access Candidate qualifying period begins
August 22, 2014 Ballot access Candidate qualifying deadline
October 6, 2014 Campaign finance 30 Days to Primary Election Report due
October 27, 2014 Campaign finance 10 Days to Primary Election Report due
November 4, 2014 Election date Primary election date
November 14, 2014 Campaign finance Election Day Expenditures Report due
November 26, 2014 Campaign finance 10 Days to General Election Report due
December 6, 2014 Election date General election date, if needed
December 16, 2014 Campaign finance Election Day Expenditures Report due
January 15, 2015 Campaign finance 40 Days After General Election Report due

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of November 2013, Louisiana officially recognized five political parties.[8]

Party Website link By-laws/platform link
Democratic Party by-laws
Green Party by-laws
Libertarian Party platform
Reform Party principles
Republican Party platform (timed out)

In some states, a candidate may choose to have a label other than that of an officially recognized party appear alongside his or her name on the ballot. Such labels are called political party designations. A political party designation would be used when a candidate qualifies as an independent, but prefers to use a different label. Louisiana does not allow candidates to identify in this way. A total of 25 states allow candidates to use political party designations in non-presidential elections.

The 11 states listed below (and Washington, D.C.) do not provide a process for political organizations to gain qualified status in advance of an election. Instead, in these states, an aspirant party must first field candidates using party designations. If the candidate or candidates win the requisite votes, the organization may then be recognized as an official political party. In these states, a political party can be formed only if the candidate in the general election obtains a specific number of votes. The number of votes required and type of race vary from state to state. Details can be found on the state-specific requirements pages.[9]

Process to establish a political party

Figure 1: This is the Political Party Registration Statement for the state of Louisiana.

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 18, Section 441 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes

Gaining ballot access

In Louisiana, a new party will be recognized when the following three things occur:[8]

1) At least 1,000 registered voters affiliate with the party on their voter registration form.
2) The party files a notarized registration statement with the Secretary of State's Office.
3) The party pays a $1,000 registration fee to the Secretary of State's Office.

The registration statement must be sworn to by an officer of the party, notarized and include the following information:[6]

  • The name of the party, which cannot be deceptively similar to the name of any already recognized political party.
  • The mailing address of the party, which must be within the state of Louisiana.
  • If the party is affiliated with a national party, the name of that party and the address of its national headquarters.
  • The names, addresses and official titles of the party's state officers.
  • A copy of the party's emblem, if applicable, which cannot be deceptively similar to the emblem of any already recognized political party.
  • Copies of the party's charter or constitution, its governing bylaws, rules and regulations.

In order to be recognized in time to run candidates in an election, the party will have to file and pay the registration fee no later than 90 days before the candidate qualifying period.[6]

A newly recognized political party will not be given a seat on the Parish Board of Election Supervisors, which is a board in each parish in charge of overseeing and supervising election proceedings, until at least five percent of registered voters in the state are affiliated with the party on their voter registration forms.[10] Newly recognized political parties also cannot collect party fees from their candidates.[8]

Maintaining ballot access

In order to maintain their ballot access, newly recognized parties must continue to put candidates on the ballot. If no registered member of the party qualifies as a candidate for four consecutive years, the party will cease to be recognized.[6][8]

However, if a candidate of the newly recognized party for president receives at least five percent of the votes cast in a presidential election, or if a candidate of the party for any statewide office receives at least five percent of the votes cast for that office in a primary or general election, the four-year rule will no longer apply. That means that if the party's candidate in a presidential or statewide race receives at least five percent of the votes cast, the party will never have to re-qualify with the state.[6] For example, 1,994,065 votes were cast for president in 2012.[11] In order for a newly recognized party to maintain its status without fielding candidates every four years, its candidate for president would have had to receive at least 99,703 votes.

Convention requirements

Members of a recognized political party's state central committee are elected every four years, during presidential election years. Within 40 days following their election, the newly elected members of the state central committee must meet at the state capitol, take office, and hold a meeting to organize the committee. At that first meeting, members of the committee must elect the officers provided for in the rules and regulations of the party.[12]

Process to become a candidate

Quick facts about Lieutenant Governors
  • 45 states have Lt. governors, 43 of them fill the office by election
  • 21 states elect Lt. governors on a single ticket with the governor at both the primary and general elections
  • 5 states, including Louisiana, elect Lt. governors separately from Governors at the primary and then put the top two vote-getters together on the general election ballot
  • 17 states elect Lt. governors separately from the Governor

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 18: Louisiana Election Code of the Louisiana Revised Statutes

Qualifying for the primary ballot

Because Louisiana has a blanket primary system, all candidates run in the primary election. Candidates cannot run for more than one office in a primary or general election, unless one of the offices is for membership in a political party committee. They are also prohibited from running for two or more different offices to be filled at separate elections.[13]

All candidates, whether a recognized party candidate, non-recognized party candidate or no party candidate, qualify in the same way and at the same time. If the primary election is for a gubernatorial election, the candidate qualifying period begins the first Tuesday after the first Monday in September of the year of the election and ends at 4:30 p.m. on the following Thursday. If the primary election is for a congressional election, the candidate qualifying period begins the third Wednesday in August of the year of the election and ends at 4:30 p.m. on the following Friday.[14][15]

To qualify, candidates must file with the Louisiana Secretary of State.[16] They must file a Notice of Candidacy form and either pay a filing fee or file a nominating petition.[17][18] After they have qualified, candidates for state executive office and state legislative office are required to obtain at least one hour of ethics education and training.[19]

Notice of Candidacy

The Notice of Candidacy must either be signed in the presence of a notary or have two witnesses of registered voters eligible to vote for the office the candidate seeks. It must certify the following:[17][20]

  • The candidate's name and the way in which he or she would like it to appear on the ballot.
  • The office sought by the candidate.
  • The candidate's residence address, including the parish, ward and precinct where the candidate is registered to vote.
  • The name of the recognized party the candidate is affiliated with, a designation of "Other" if the candidate is affiliated with a non-recognized political party or a designation of "No party" if the candidate is not affiliated with any political party. This designation cannot change after the Notice of Candidacy is filed.
  • That the candidate is a registered voter in the district he or she wishes to represent.
  • That the candidate is not currently under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony and is not prohibited from qualifying as a candidate for conviction of a felony.
  • If running for state office, that the candidate has filed his or her state and federal tax returns for the past five years or else was not required to file.
  • If running for state office, that the candidate acknowledges he or she is subject to the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act, does not owe any outstanding fines, fees or penalties and has filed any reports due prior to filing the Notice of Candidacy form.
  • That the candidate is knowledgeable of all election rules and laws pertaining to the election in which he or she is running, specifically those prohibiting political campaign signs on public property.

Filing fee

If candidates decide to pay the filing fee, it must be paid in cash, by certified check, by cashier's check or by money order. Established political parties may assess a political party fee to be paid by candidates affiliated with their party. All fees must be paid to the Secretary of State at the time of qualifying.[21] Candidates currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are not required to pay the filing fee.[18] Fees vary depending on the office sought and can be found in the table below.[22]

Office sought Filing fee Party fee (if a Democratic or Republican candidate)
Governor $700.00 $375.00
State executive office other than governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative $600.00 $300.00
State Senator $300.00 $150.00
State Representative $225.00 $112.50

Nominating petition

If candidates decide to file a nominating petition rather than pay a filing fee, they may start circulating their petitions 120 days before the qualifying period begins.[23] Signatures for the petition must be collected from registered voters eligible to vote for the office the candidate seeks. The required number of signatures varies depending on the office sought and can be found in the table below.[22]

Office sought Number of signatures required
State executive office or office in the U.S. Senate 5,000, with no less than 500 coming from each congressional district
Office in the U.S. House of Representatives 1,000
Office in the Louisiana State Senate 500
Office in the Louisiana House of Representatives 400

Challenging a candidacy

Any registered voter may challenge the candidacy of a candidate running for an office they are eligible to vote for. To do so, the registered voter must present evidence that a candidate has illegally qualified for office to the respective parish district attorney. The district attorney will then determine whether or not the evidence presented by the registered voter establishes grounds for challenging the candidate's status as a candidate. If the district attorney determines the evidence does establish grounds against the candidate, the district attorney must file an action objecting to that candidate.[24]

Any objection to a candidate must be filed no later than seven days after the close of the candidate qualifying period, unless that day falls on a weekend or holiday, in which case it must be filed the next following business day.[25]

Moving on to the general election

A general election is only held if a candidate fails to receive 50 percent of the vote cast for the office. If a general election is held, the two candidates who received the most votes will move on to the general election.[26] In the case of a tie, the number of candidates allowed to move on for that office is doubled.[27]

Petition requirements

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 18, Section 441 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes

In some cases, political parties and/or candidates may need to obtain signatures via the petition process to gain ballot access. This section outlines the laws and regulations pertaining to petitions and circulators in Louisiana.

Petitions in Louisiana are used by candidates who do not wish to pay the filing fee when qualifying to run for office. The Louisiana Secretary of State prepares and furnishes copies of forms that candidates may use as their nominating petitions. However, candidates may also use forms of their own design to collect signatures, as long as each sheet of the nominating petition contains the following information:[28]

  • The name of the candidate seeking election
  • The candidate's residence address
  • The office sought by the candidate
  • The candidate's political party affiliation, if any
  • The date of the primary election for which the candidate seeks to qualify

When signing a nominating petition, signers must provide their name in printed form, the date they signed the petition and their residence address, including the ward and precinct in which they are eligible to vote. Once a signer has signed a nominating petition, the signature may not be withdrawn.[28]

Circulators of petitions must witness the signing of every signature on the petition. When filing the nominating petition, the candidate and all circulators who collected signatures on his or her behalf must certify on the nominating petition that to the best of their knowledge, information and belief, all signatures on the petition are genuine and all statements on the petition are true and correct.[28]

The statutes do not specify any requirements for circulators of nominating petitions.

Campaign finance

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Louisiana Campaign Finance Disclosure Act

Reporting requirements

Candidates running for state executive office or district office must electronically file reports with the Louisiana Ethics Administration Program. Candidates for any other office must file reports only if they spend over $2,500 or collect contributions of over $200 from a single source, not including the candidate’s personal funds.[7]

Candidates must file a number of campaign finance reports. For an example of those reports, look to the table below.

2014 campaign finance reporting schedule[7]
Report Time period covered Due date Who needs to file
Annual Report Year prior to the election year February 18, 2014 Any candidate who received contributions or made expenditures in 2013
180 Days to Primary Election Report Starting January 1, if the candidate filed an annual report, otherwise starting the date of first contribution or expenditure through April 28, 2014 May 8, 2014 Candidates seeking state executive office or a district office representing a population over 250,000
90 Days to Primary Election Report Starting April 29, 2014, if the candidate filed a 180-Day Report, otherwise starting the date of first contribution or expenditure through July 27, 2014 August 6, 2014 Candidates seeking state executive office or a district office representing a population over 250,000
30 Days to Primary Election Report Starting January 1 for candidates who were not required to file a 90-Day or 180-Day Report but did file an Annual Report, starting the date of first contribution or expenditure for candidates who did not yet file any reports or starting July 28, 2014 for candidates who filed the 90-Day Report through September 25, 2014 October 6, 2014 All candidates
10 Days to Primary Election Report September 26, 2014 through October 15, 2014 October 27, 2014 All candidates
48-Hour Report October 16, 2014 through November 4, 2014 for the primary election and November 17 through December 6, 2014 for the general election Within 48 hours of transaction State executive or district office candidates representing a population over 250,000 who receive over $1,000 or make an expenditure over $200 and district office candidates with a population of less than 250,000 who receive over $500 or make an expenditure over $200 during the 20 days before an election
Election Day Expenditures Report Day of election November 14, 2014 for primary election and December 16, 2014 for general election All candidates, even if no expenditures were made
10 Days to General Election Report October 16, 2014 through November 16, 2014 November 26, 2014 All candidates
40 Days After General Election Report November 17, 2014 through January 5, 2015 January 15, 2015 General election candidates
Supplemental Report November 17, 2014 through December 31, 2014 if the candidate did not run in the general election or January 6, 2015 through December 31, 2015 if the candidate did run in the general election February 17, 2015 for candidates who did not run in the general election or February 16, 2016 for candidates who did run in the general election Candidates who had outstanding debts or obligations on their last report

Contribution limits

In addition to campaign finance reporting requirements, candidates are subject to contribution limits received from a single source, excluding personal funds and political parties. The limits apply separately to the primary and general elections and are as follows:[7]

  • $5,000 for candidates seeking state executive office or a district office representing a population of more than 250,000
  • $2,500 for candidates seeking a district office with a population less than 250,000
  • $1,000 for candidates seeking any other office

If a candidate receives contributions from a political action committee (PAC) with over 250 members who contributed over $50 to the PAC in the preceding election year, then the above contribution limits may be doubled from that PAC.[7]

Contributions from persons who are substantially interested in the riverboat and land casino gaming industry are prohibited.[7]

Election-related agencies

See also: State election agencies

Candidates running for office will require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

Secretary of State:

Why: This agency oversees candidate filing and election procedures.
Physical Address: 8585 Archives Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Telephone: 225.922.0900
Toll Free: 800.883.2805
Fax: 225.922.0945

Louisiana Ethics Administration Program:

Why: This agency oversees campaign finance registration and reporting requirements.
Physical Address: 617 North Third Street, LaSalle Building, Suite 10-36, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4368, Baton Rouge , LA 70821
Telephone: 225-219-5600
Toll Free: 1-800-842-6630
Fax: 225-381-7271


See also: Parishes in Louisiana

Candidates must qualify with the parish clerk of court's office in the parish where they reside. Individual parish contact information can be found below. If any information is not provided for this county it is because that information could not be found. To provide a link or information in the table below, please email us.

Louisiana Parish Contact Information
County Email Phone Secondary Phone Fax Website Physical Address Mailing Address
Acadia Parish 337.788.8881 link P. O. Box 922, Crowley, LA 70527-1342
Allen Parish 337.639.4351 link P. O. Box 248, Oberlin, LA 70655
Ascension Parish 225.473.9866 (225) 473-8641 link 300 Houmas St, Donaldsonville, LA 70346 P. O. Box 192, Donaldsonville, LA 70346-0192
Assumption Parish 985.369.6653 (985) 369-2478 (985) 369-2032 link 4809 Hwy 1, Napoleonville, La 70390 P.O. Box 249, Napoleonville, LA 70390-0249
Avoyelles Parish 318.253.7523 (318) 253-7578 link 301 North Main Street, Marksville, LA 71351 PO Box 219, Marksville, LA 71351
Beauregard Parish 337.463.8595 (337) 462-3916 link 201 West First Street, DeRidder, Louisiana 70634 P.O. Box 100, DeRidder, LA 70634
Bienville Parish 318.263.2123 318-263-7426 link 100 Courthouse Drive, Room 100, Arcadia, LA 71001
Bossier Parish 318.965.2336 link 204 Burt Blvd., Third Floor, Benton, LA 71006 P.O. Box 430, Benton, LA 71006-0430
Caddo Parish 318.226.6783 318-629-1105 link 501 Texas St. Room 103 Courthouse, Shreveport, LA 71101
Calcasieu Parish 337.437.3550 (337) 437-3350 link 1000 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601 P.O. Box 1030, Lake Charles, LA 70602
Caldwell Parish 318.649.2272 (318) 649-2037 link 201 Main Street, Suite 1, Columbia, LA 71418 P.O. Box 1327, Columbia, LA 71418
Cameron Parish 337.775.5316 (337) 775-7172 link 119 Smith Circle, Cameron, LA 70631 P.O. Box 549, Cameron, LA 70631
Catahoula Parish 318.744.5497 (318) 744-5488 link 301 Bushley Street, Harrisonburg, LA 71340 P.O. Box 654, Harrisonburg, LA 71340
Claiborne Parish 318.927.9601 (318) 927-2345 link 512 East Main Street, Homer, LA 71040 P.O. Box 330, Homer, LA 71040
Concordia Parish 318.336.4204 (318) 336-8777 link 4001 CARTER STREET, SUITE 5, Vidalia, LA 71373 P.O. Box 790, Vidalia, LA 71373-0790
DeSoto Parish 318.872.3110 (318) 872-4202 link 101 Texas St, Mansfield, LA 71052 P.O. Box 1206, Mansfield, LA 71052
East Baton Rouge Parish 225.389.3985 225-389-3392 link 222 St. Louis Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 P.O. Box 1991, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
East Carroll Parish 318.559.2399 (318) 559-0037 link 400 First Street, Courthouse, Lake Providence, LA 71254-2616
East Feliciana Parish 225.683.5145 (225) 683-3556 link 12305 St. Helena St., Clinton, LA 70722 P.O. Box 599, Clinton, LA 70722
Evangeline Parish 337.363.5671 (337) 363-5780 link 200 Court Street, Suite 104, Ville Platte, LA 70586 P.O. Drawer 347, Ville Platte, LA 70586
Franklin Parish 318.435.5133 (318) 435-6792 link 6550 Main Street, Winnsboro, LA 71295 P.O. Box 1564, Winnsboro, LA 71295
Grant Parish 318.627.3246 (318) 627-3201 link 200 Main Street, Colfax, LA 71417 P.O. Box 263, Colfax, LA 71417
Iberia Parish 337.365.7282 337-365-0737 link 300 Iberia Street, New Iberia, LA 70562 P.O. Drawer 12010, New Iberia, LA 70562-2010
Iberville Parish 225.687.5160 225-687-5260 link 58050 Meriam Street, Plaquemine, LA 70765-0423 P.O. Box 423, Plaquemine, LA 70764
Jackson Parish 318.259.2424 (318) 395-0386 link Room 103, Courthouse Building, 500 East Court Avenue, Jonesboro, LA 71251 P.O. Box 730, Jonesboro, LA 71251
Jefferson Parish (504) 736-6394 link Joseph S. Yenni Bldg., 1221 Elmwood Pk. Blvd., Ste. 603, Jefferson 70121 P.O. Box 10, Gretna, LA 70054
Jerfferson Davis Parish 337.824.1160 (337) 824-1354 link 300 State Street, Room 106, Jennings, LA 70546 P.O. Box 799, Jennings, LA 70546
Lafayette Parish 337.291.6310 (337) 291-6392 link 800 South Buchanan, Lafayette, LA 70501-6853 P.O. Box 2009, Lafayette, LA 70502
LaFourche Parish 985.447.4841 985-447-5800 link P.O. Box 818, Thibodaux, LA 70302-0818
LaSalle Parish 318.992.2158 (318) 992-2157 link 1050 Courthouse Street, Jena, LA 71342 P.O. Box 1316, Jena, LA 71342
Lincoln Parish 318.251.5130 (318) 255-6004 link 100 W. Texas Ave., Ruston, LA. P.O. Box 924, Ruston, LA 71270
Livingston Parish 225.686.2216 1.877.854.1579 link 20180 Iowa Street, 1st Floor, Courthouse, Livingston, LA 70754 P.O. Box 1150, Livingston, LA 70754
Madison Parish 318.574.0656 (318) 574-3961 link 100 North Cedar Street, Tallulah, LA 71282 P.O. Box 1710, Tallulah, LA 71282
Morehouse Parish 318.281.3343 (318) 281-3775 link 100 East Madison Street, Bastrop, LA 71220t P.O. Box 1543, Bastrop, LA 71221-1543
Natchitoches Parish 318.352.8152 (318) 352-9321 link 200 Church Street, Room 104, Natchitoches, LA 71458-0476 P.O. Box 476, Natchitoches, LA 71458-0476
Orleans Parish 504.592.9147 (504) 592-9128 link 421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402, New Orleans, LA 70112
Ouachita Parish 318.327.1444 link 301 S Grand St, Monroe, LA 71201 P.O. Box 1862, Monroe, LA 71210-1862
Plaquemines Parish 504.297.5180 504.297.5195 link 301 Main Street, Suite 108, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 P.O. Box 40, Belle Chase, LA 70037
Pointe Coupee Parish 225.638.9596 (225) 638-9590 link 201 East Main Street, New Roads, LA 70760 P.O. Box 86, New Roads, LA 70760
Rapides Parish 318.473.8153 318.473.4667 link 701 Murray Street - Alexandria, LA 71301 P.O. Box 952, Alexandria, LA 71309
Red River Parish 318.932.6741 (318) 932-3126 link 615 East Carrol Street, Coushatta, LA 71019 P.O. Box 485, Coushatta, LA 71019-0485
Richland Parish 318.728.4171 (318) 728-7020 link 708 Julia Street, Suite 103, Rayville, LA 71269 P.O. Box 119, Rayville, LA 71269
Sabine Parish 318.256.6223 link 400 SOUTH CAPITAL, ROOM 102, MANY, LA 71449 P.O. Box 419, Many, LA 71449
St. Bernard Parish 504.271.3434 (504) 278-4380 link 9061 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043 P.O. Box 1746, Chalmette, LA 70044 -1746
St. Charles Parish 985.783.6632 (985) 783-2005 link St. Charles Parish Courthouse, 15045 River Road, Hahnville, LA 70057 P.O. Box 424, Hahnville, LA 70057
St. Helena Parish 225.222.4514 225.222.6405 link 369 Sitman St # 104, Greensburg, LA 70441 P.O. Box 308, Greensburg, LA 70441
St. James Parish 225.562.2274 (225) 562-2383 link 5800 La. Hwy. 44, Convent, LA 70723 P.O. Box 63, Convent, LA 70723
St. John the Baptist Parish 985.497.3331 link 2393 Hwy 18, Edgard, LA 70049 P.O. Box 280, Edgard, LA 70049
St. Landry Parish 337.942.5606 337-948-7265 link 118 South Court Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 P.O. Box 750, Opelousas, LA 70570
St. Martin Parish 337.394.2210 337-394-7772 link 415 St. Martin Street, St. Martinville, LA 70582 P.O. Box 308, St. Martinville, LA 70582-0009
St. Mary Parish 337.828.4100 (337) 828-2509 link Courthouse Building, 500 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Franklin, LA 70538 P.O. Drawer 1231, Franklin, LA 70538
St. Tammany Parish 985.809.8700 link 701 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433 P.O. Box 1090, Covington, LA 70434
Tangipahoa Parish (985) 748-4146 (Amite location) (985) 549-1638 (Hammond location) (985) 748-6503 link 110 North Bay Street, Suite 100, Amite, LA 70422 P.O. Box 667, Amite, LA 70422
Tensas Parish 318.766.3921 (318) 766-3926 link 201 Hancock Street, St. Joseph, LA 71366 P.O. Box 78, St. Joseph, LA 71366
Terrebonne Parish 985-868.5660 (985) 868-5143 link 7856 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360 P.O. Box 1569, Houma, LA 70361-1569
Union Parish (318) 368-3055 318-368-3861 link Parish Courthouse (100 E. Bayou St., Ste 105), Farmerville, LA 71241
Vermilion Parish 337.898.1992 (337) 898-0404 link 100 N. State St., Ste. 101, Abbeville, LA 70510
Vernon Parish 337.238.1384 337-238-9902 link 215 S. 4TH STREET, LEESVILLE, LA 71446 P.O. Box 40, Leesville, LA 71496-0040
Washington Parish 985.839.4663 985-839-3116 link Washington Parish Clerk of Court, Courthouse Building, Corner of Washington and Main Street, Franklinton, Louisiana 70438 Washington Parish Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 607, Franklinton, Louisiana 70438
Webster Parish 318.371.0366 (318) 371-0226 link Webster Parish Clerk of Court, 410 Main Street, Minden, La. 71055 P.O. Box 370, Minden, LA 71058-0370
West Baton Rouge Parish 225.383.0378 1-225-383-3694 link 850 8th Street, Port Allen, LA 70767 P.O. Box 107, Port Allen, LA 70767
West Carroll Parish 318.428.3281 (318) 428-9896 link 305 East Main Street, Room 101, Oak Grove, LA 71263 P.O. Box 1078, Oak Grove, LA 71263
West Feliciana Parish 225.635.3794 (225) 635-3770 link 4789 Prosperity St. - St. Francisville, LA 70775 P.O. Box 1843, St. Francisville, LA 70775
Winn Parish 318.628.3515 (318) 628-3527 link 119 West Main Street, Winnfield, LA 71483 P.O. Box 137, Winnfield, LA 71483

Term limits

Louisiana state executives and legislators are term limited. These limits are established by Article IV, Section 3 of the Louisiana Constitution and Amendment 2, which was passed by voters in 1995.

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

The state executive term limits in Louisiana are as follows:[29]

There were no state executive offices affected by term limits in 2014.

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Members of the Louisiana State Legislature may serve no more than three consecutive terms.[30]


See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2014 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2014

As there were no seats on the Louisiana State Legislature open for election in 2014, none were affected by term limits.


See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011 and Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

A total of 16 state legislators were termed out in 2011.

Congressional partisanship

See also: List of United States Representatives from Louisiana and List of United States Senators from Louisiana

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Louisiana:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Louisiana
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 1 1 2
     Republican Party 1 5 6
TOTALS as of December 2014 2 6 8

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Louisiana:

State Senate

Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 26
Total 39

State House

Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 43
     Republican Party 59
     Independent 2
     Vacancy 1
Total 105

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  1. Times-Picayune,, "Gov. Bobby Jindal signs law returning congressional races to open primaries in 2012," June 29, 2010
  2. Louisiana State Legislature, "Act. 570" (2010), accessed November 26, 2013
  3. Slate,, "Why Does Louisiana Have Such an Odd Election System?," November 13, 2002
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "How Are Candidates Elected?" accessed November 12, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, "2014 Elections," accessed November 12, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 441," accessed November 12, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, "Schedule of Reporting and Filing Dates for Candidates and PACs Supporting or Opposing Candidates," Updated April 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Louisiana Secretary of State, "Louisiana Political Parties," accessed November 12, 2013
  9. E-mail consultation with ballot access expert Richard Winger in January 2014.
  10. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Parish Board of Election Supervisor’s Handbook," February 5, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Federal Elections 2012," accessed April 1, 2014
  12. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 443," accessed April 2, 2014
  13. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 453,' Accessed April 2, 2014
  14. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 467," accessed April 2, 2014
  15. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 468," accessed April 2, 2014
  16. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 462," accessed April 2, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "Qualify for an Election," accessed April 2, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 Louisana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 461," accessed April 2, 2014
  19. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 461.1," accessed April 2, 2014
  20. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 463," accessed April 2, 2014
  21. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 464," accessed April 2, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, "Fees/Nominating Petitions to Qualify for Office," accessed April 2, 2014
  23. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 465," accessed April 2, 2014
  24. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 491," accessed April 2, 2014
  25. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 493," accessed April 2, 2014
  26. Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "How Are Candidates Elected?" accessed November 12, 2013
  27. Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 483," accessed April 2, 2014
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Louisiana Revised Statutes, "Title 18, Section 465," accessed April 2, 2014
  29. Louisiana Constitution, "Article IV, Section 3," accessed November 12, 2013
  30. Louisiana Constitution, "Article III, Section 4," accessed November 12, 2013