State of Louisiana Elections and Voting
Election Day is November 8
- October 11 Deadline to register to vote via mail or in person
- October 18 Deadline to register to vote via the online portal
- October 25 First day of early voting
- November 1 Last day of early voting
- November 4 Deadline to request an absentee ballot
- November 7 Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
- November 8 Election Day
To register to vote in Louisiana, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen,
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age on Election Day,
- Be a resident of Louisiana, and a resident of the parish in which you want to vote.
- Must not be serving a sentence of imprisonment due to a felony conviction
- Must not be subject to a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of your voting rights.
How to register to vote:
- Online: Registering to vote or changing your registration is easy using the GeauxVote Online Registration System.
- In person: Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters Office or in one of the following locations: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles; Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services; WIC offices; food stamp offices; Medicaid offices; offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or Armed Forces recruitment offices.
- By mail: Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application, completing it and mailing it to your local Registrar of Voters Office. Please note that the list of offices for registrars of voters is also included on the form. You may also register by using a National Mail Voter Registration Form.
Voter ID Requirements
When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following:
- a driver’s license
- a Louisiana Special ID
- LA Wallet digital driver’s license
- a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture
- some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.
If you do not have a driver’s license, Louisiana Special ID, a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit.
You may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card. If you have misplaced your voter information card, contact your registrar of voters for a new one or print your own by logging into the Louisiana Voter Portal through the “Search by Voter” option.
You do not need a reason to vote early! All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on election day. Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at designated locations in the their parish.
Louisiana voters may only vote absentee if they provide an accepted reason. Click here to learn about accepted excuses. You can submit an application requesting an absentee ballot through our online system, or you may print an application and deliver it to your registrar of voters via mail, fax, or hand delivery. First time voters may not vote absentee.
- Guide for Voter Registration Drives in Louisiana
- Native American Voting Rights (NAVRA)
- A Tribal Leaders Guide to Prepare for the Next Election
- Addressing: A Guide for Tribes
- Native Language Speakers Have Voting Rights!
- Examples of Voter Discrimination and Suppression in Indian Country
- Native Americans Depend on Ballot Collection
Tribes in Louisiana
Federally recognized tribes
- Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe
- Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
- Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
- Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana
State recognized tribes
- Addai Caddo Tribe
- Bayou Lafourche Band of Biloxi-Chitimache Confederation of Muskogees
- Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb
- Four Winds Tribe, Louisiana Cherokee Confederacy
- Grand Caillou/Dulac Band
- Isle de Jean Charles Band
- Louisiana Choctaw Tribe
- Pointe-au-Chien Tribe
- United Houma Nation
Native Vote Coordinators
Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!
- Jeremy Zahn, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Tribal Council Member
Major Party Contact Information
Chair, Karen Carter Peterson
Chairman, Louis Gurvich