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Louisiana permits online voter registration and early voting. Louisiana does not, however, allow no-excuse absentee voting. Voters in Louisiana are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in Louisiana, contact the state election agency.


Louisiana utilizes a blanket primary system. All candidates compete in the same primary election, regardless of party affiliation. The two who receive the most votes then advance to the general election. Citizens do not need to register with a specific party in order to vote in the primary.

To vote in Louisiana, you must:[1]

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be at least 17 years of age, but must be 18 years of age by the next election to vote;
  • not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony;
  • not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights; and
  • reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register.[2]

—Louisiana Secretary of State

When and where

Registration must be completed at least 30 days prior to Election Day. Registration can be completed online or by submitting a paper application. Voters may register in person at any Registrar of Voters office or any of the following places:[1]

  • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (must be at least 16 years old to register to vote);
  • Louisiana Department of Social Services;
  • WIC offices;
  • medicaid offices;
  • offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or
  • armed forces recruitment offices.[2]

—Louisiana Secretary of State

Registrants must present a valid form of identification in order to register to vote.

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2015, Louisiana is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

'"See also: Voter identification laws by state

A voter must present one of the following: a driver's license, a Louisiana special ID or other generally recognized photo ID that contains the voter's name and signature. If a photo ID is not presented, a utility bill, payroll check or other government document that includes the voter's name and address can be presented. However, such voters also must sign affidavits.[3]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Louisiana all polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time. If the polls close while you are still in line, you will be permitted to vote.[3]

Absentee voting

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.[2]

—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.

Early voting

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.[5]

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See also: Elections and campaigns on the ballot and List of Louisiana ballot measures

Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Louisiana.

  1. Louisiana Legislative Auditor Act, Ballot Measure 14 (Oct 2003)

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