Voting in Louisiana
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Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, meaning that 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. This also means the primary is an open primary, meaning that citizens do not need to register for a specific party to vote in the primary.
To vote in Louisiana, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be at least 17 years old but must be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
- Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
- Not be under a judgement of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights
- Reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register
When and where
Registration must be completed at least 30 days prior to election day. It can be completed electronically or by printing out and mailing in an application. You can also register to vote in person at any Registrar of Voters office or any of the following places:
- Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicle offices
- Louisiana Department of Social Services offices and WIC offices, Food Stamp offices, and Medicaid offices
- Offices serving persons with disabilities, such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living offices
- Armed Forces Recruitment offices
A valid ID card is required to register to vote.
As of March 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
Electors must present one of the following: a driver's license, a Louisiana special ID, or other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature. If a photo ID is not presented, a utility bill, payroll check or other government document that includes your name and address can be presented. However, such voters would also have to sign an affidavit.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- 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:
—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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- 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.
- Voter FAQ
- Voter ID info
- Louisiana Secretary of State "Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Vote by Mail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "Early Voting, In Person," accessed December 19, 2013