Louisiana elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Louisiana held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (9 seats) Approveda
State Executives (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
State Senate Defeatedd N/A
State House Defeatedd
Ballot measures (9 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: Louisiana state executive official elections, 2012

There was one state executive position up for election.

Louisiana Public Service Commission General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Angelle 57.2% 213,485
     Democratic Forest Wright 20.5% 76,336
     Republican Erich Ponti 11.6% 43,287
     Republican Sarah Holliday 7.6% 28,214
     Independent Greg Gaubert 3.2% 11,758
Total Votes 373,080
Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State.

See also: Louisiana 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Healthcare Protects the state medicaid trust fund for the elderly from budget cuts. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Firearms Adds additional constitutional protections to state gun rights. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Administration of Gov't Requires more advance filing for bills involving public employee retirement Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Taxes Provides property tax exemptions to certain veterans' spouses Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Law Allows the legislature to deny retirement benefits to any public employee or official who commits a felony related to their office Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Taxes Authorizes the city of New Iberia to grant contracts for the exemption of property annexed by the city Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 7 Administration of Gov't Restructures the composition of constitutional boards and commissions Approveda
LRCA Amendment 8 Taxes Allows local governments to opt-in to property tax exemptions for certain businesses Approveda
LRCA Amendment 9 Laws Established certain requirements prior to legislatively creating certain special districts Approveda

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Louisiana was one of 16 states to use an open primary system. Voters were required to register 30 days prior to the election in order to vote.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 30 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 31 for the December 1st general election.[2]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:[4]

  • 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 Address Confidentiality Program; or
  • you will be sequestered on the day of the election.[5]

—Louisiana Secretary of State

An absentee voting program is also available for voters who are aged 65 years or older, disabled, or residing in a nursing home.


To vote absentee a request must be received no earlier than 60 days prior to the election and no later than four days prior. The ballot must then be returned by 4:30 p.m. on the day before the election. Military personnel, their dependents, U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States and voters who are hospitalized may return an absentee ballot request by 4:30 p.m. the day before the election and submit their ballot by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.[4]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Louisiana is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permits some form of early voting. Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends seven days prior to Election Day.[6]

See also