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The qualifying deadline for candidates is August 22, 2014.<ref name=calendar/> The deadline to file to create a new political party in time for the 2014 elections is May 22, 2014.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81575 ''Louisiana State Legislature Election Code'', "RS 18:441," accessed November 12, 2014]</ref>
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The qualifying period for candidates begins August 20, 2014 and ends August 22, 2014.<ref name=calendar/> The deadline to file to create a new political party in time for the 2014 elections is May 22, 2014.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=81575 ''Louisiana State Legislature Election Code'', "RS 18:441," accessed November 12, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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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

2014

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Louisiana will have a primary election on November 4, 2014. If a candidate does not gain a majority of the vote (more than 50 percent of the total votes cast for that office), a general election will be held for the top two candidates who received the most votes. If a general election is needed, it will be held on December 6, 2014.[4][5] Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The qualifying period for candidates begins August 20, 2014 and ends August 22, 2014.[5] The deadline to file to create a new political party in time for the 2014 elections is May 22, 2014.[6]

Legend:      Ballot Access     Campaign Finance     Election Date




Dates and Requirements for Candidates in 2014
Deadline Event Type Event Description
May 22, 2014 Ballot Access Deadline to file to create a new political party
August 20, 2014 Ballot Access Candidate qualifying period begins
August 22, 2014 Ballot Access Candidate qualifying deadline
November 4, 2014 Election Date Primary election date
December 6, 2014 Election Date General election date, if needed

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of November 2013, Louisiana officially recognizes five political parties.[7]

Party Website link By-laws/Platform link
Democratic http://louisianademocrats.org/ Party by-laws
Green http://www.lagreens.org/ Party by-laws
Libertarian http://www.louisianalibertarian.net/ Party platform
Reform http://reformpartyla.org/ Party principles
Republican http://www.lagop.com/ Party platform

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.{{{Reference}}}

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.[8]

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: 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
http://www.sos.la.gov/

Louisiana Ethics Administration Program:

Why: 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
http://www.ethics.state.la.us/

Parishes

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.

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 director@allenparish.com 337.639.4351 link P. O. Box 248, Oberlin, LA 70655
Ascension Parish ssagona@ascensionclerk.com 225.473.9866 (225) 473-8641 link 300 Houmas St, Donaldsonville, LA 70346 P. O. Box 192, Donaldsonville, LA 70346-0192
Assumption Parish dlandry@assumptionclerk.com 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 cbc02@bellsouth.net 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 elections@calclerkofcourt.com 337.437.3550 (337) 437-3350 link 1000 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601 P.O. Box 1030, Lake Charles, LA 70602
Caldwell Parish caldclerk@bellsouth.net 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 jtpayne184@yahoo.com 318.744.5497 (318) 744-5488 link 301 Bushley Street, Harrisonburg, LA 71340 P.O. Box 654, Harrisonburg, LA 71340
Claiborne Parish claib212@bellsouth.net 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 mail@desotoparishclerk.org 318.872.3110 (318) 872-4202 link 101 Texas St, Mansfield, LA 71052 P.O. Box 1206, Mansfield, LA 71052
East Baton Rouge Parish info@ebrclerkofcourt.org 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 eastcarrollparis@bellsouth.net 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 evangelinecoc@yahoo.com 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 franklin@inetsouth.net 318.435.5133 (318) 435-6792 link 6550 Main Street, Winnsboro, LA 71295 P.O. Box 1564, Winnsboro, LA 71295
Grant Parish elraycoc@aol.com 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 clerk@ibervilleclerk.com 225.687.5160 225-687-5260 link 58050 Meriam Street, Plaquemine, LA 70765-0423 P.O. Box 423, Plaquemine, LA 70764
Jackson Parish clerk@jacksonparishclerk.org 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 info@jeffdavisclerk.com 337.824.1160 (337) 824-1354 link 300 State Street, Room 106, Jennings, LA 70546 P.O. Box 799, Jennings, LA 70546
Lafayette Parish barogers@lpclerk.com 337.291.6310 (337) 291-6392 link 800 South Buchanan, Lafayette, LA 70501-6853 P.O. Box 2009, Lafayette, LA 70502
LaFourche Parish vautin@lafourcheclerk.com 985.447.4841 985-447-5800 link P.O. Box 818, Thibodaux, LA 70302-0818
LaSalle Parish sandrewslasclerk@centurytel.net 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 questions@livclerk.org 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 mpcofc@bellsouth.net 318.574.0656 (318) 574-3961 link 100 North Cedar Street, Tallulah, LA 71282 P.O. Box 1710, Tallulah, LA 71282
Morehouse Parish morehouseclerk@gmail.com 318.281.3343 (318) 281-3775 link 100 East Madison Street, Bastrop, LA 71220t P.O. Box 1543, Bastrop, LA 71221-1543
Natchitoches Parish lbernard@cp-tel.net 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 helpdesk@orleanscdc.com 504.592.9147 (504) 592-9128 link 421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402, New Orleans, LA 70112
Ouachita Parish info@opclerkofcourt.com 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 pcclerk@yahoo.com 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 info@rapidesclerk.org 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 richlandparishcc@bellsouth.net 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 rsn@stbclerk.com 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 mamclerk@yahoo.com 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 beckypatin@stmartinparishclerkofcourt.com 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 stmaryclerk@teche.net 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 tensasclerk@bellsouth.net 318.766.3921 (318) 766-3926 link 201 Hancock Street, St. Joseph, LA 71366 P.O. Box 78, St. Joseph, LA 71366
Terrebonne Parish theresa.robichaux@yahoo.com 985-868.5660 (985) 868-5143 link 7856 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360 P.O. Box 1569, Houma, LA 70361-1569
Union Parish upclerk@bayou.com (318) 368-3055 318-368-3861 link Parish Courthouse (100 E. Bayou St., Ste 105), Farmerville, LA 71241
Vermilion Parish info@blmedia.com 337.898.1992 (337) 898-0404 link 100 N. State St., Ste. 101, Abbeville, LA 70510
Vernon Parish vernonclerk@bellsouth.net 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 wcclerk@bellsouth.net 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 winncoc@suddenlinkmail.com 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:[9]

There are 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.[10]

2014

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

2011

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

Portal:Congress
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


See also

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

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