Now more than ever, we need to vote like our rights depend on it. Here's everything you need to know to cast a ballot and make your voice heard.

Deadlines for the Dec. 5 runoff election:

Registration Deadline: Nov. 14 is the deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System (www.GeauxVote.com

 
 

Early Voting: Early voting is Nov. 20-28 from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (excluding Sunday, Nov. 22, Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving) and Friday, Nov. 27 (Acadian Day).

 
 

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. Mail ballots must be received by your registrar of voters by Dec. 4 at 4:30pm. 

Links and Resources: 

1. Can I vote?

Q.Can I vote?
A.
  • If you are 18 or older by Election Day, reside in Louisiana and in the parish where you’re registered, and not in prison for conviction of a felony, you can vote!
  • Anyone who is on probation or parole and has been out of prison for five years can vote. 

2. Can I vote by mail?

Q.Can I vote by mail?
A.
  • You may be eligible to vote by mail if you are a senior citizen, incarcerated, residing in a nursing home, a student living outside your parish, temporarily absent from the state of Louisiana, or if you meet other criteria for not being able to get to the polls in-person. Download a general application for absentee vote by mail including a full list of eligibility criteria. 
  • In addition, this year, voters who are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, subject to quarantine due to COVID-19 or caring for someone in quarantine can vote by mail in Louisiana. Download a COVID-19 absentee ballot application.
  • Requests for an absentee ballot must be received by December 1, 2020 at 4:30pm. 
  • Mail your absentee ballot to your parish’s registrar of voters as soon as you can. It must be received by the registrar by 4:30pm on Dec. 4, 2020.

3. How do I request an absentee ballot?

Q.How do I request an absentee ballot?
A.
  • Online Application: Request an absentee ballot by logging in to the Louisiana Voter Portal.
  • Print and Mail Application: Print an application and deliver it to your parish’s registrar of voters mail, fax, or hand deliver your application. If hand delivered, the application can only be for you or your immediate family member. The immediate family member must sign a statement, certifying their relationship to you.
  • Requests for an absentee ballot must be received by December 1, 2020 at 4:30pm. 
  • Mail your absentee ballot to your parish’s registrar of voters as soon as you can. It must be received by the registrar by 4:30pm on Dec. 4, 2020.

***General absentee application***
***COVID-19 absentee application***

4. How do I vote?

Q.How do I vote?
A.

Vote by Mail:

  • Request an absentee ballot by December 1, 2020 at 4:30pm. from your parish’s registrar of voters.
  • Mail your absentee ballot to your parish’s registrar of voters as soon as you can. It must be received by the registrar by 4:30pm on Dec. 4, 2020.
  • If you don’t receive your absentee ballot in time to send it in on time, please vote on Election Day.

Early Voting: 

  • Early voting is Nov. 20-28 from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (excluding Nov. 22, Nov. 26, and Nov. 27).
  • You can find a complete list of early voting locations for the entire state here.
  • Bring your ID. You may use a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special identification card, LA Wallet, a United States military identification card that contains the applicant's name and picture or other recognized ID that has your name and signature. 
  • You can request a La. special ID card from your local Office of Motor Vehicles. Even if you misplace your special ID card, you may print a new one by logging into the Voter Portal or requesting one from your parish’s registrar of voters.
  • Even if you don’t have ID with you, you can vote by signing a voter affidavit. 

Election Day:

  • Election Day: Election day is December 5, 2020. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST. All voters in line by 8:00 p.m. CST have the right to vote. 
  • To find your polling place, log on to the Louisiana Voter Portal.

5. What do I need to bring to the polls?

Q.What do I need to bring to the polls?
A.
  • Bring your photo ID
    • You may use a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special identification card*, LA Wallet, a United States military identification card that contains the applicant's name and picture or other recognized ID that has your name and signature. 
    • You can request a La. special ID card from your local Office of Motor Vehicles. Even if you misplace your special ID card, you may print a new one by logging into the Voter Portal or requesting one from your parish’s registrar of voters.
    • Even if you don’t have ID with you, you can vote by signing a voter affidavit. 
  • Face covering
  • Your sample ballot and a good idea of how you’ll vote on the issues. 
    • State law provides a 3 minute time limit in the voting booth, and 20 minutes for voters requiring assistance due to a disability. Make sure to review your sample ballot ahead of time and plan your vote!

6. How do I register or update my registration?

Q.How do I register or update my registration?
A.
  • Nov. 14 is the deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System (www.GeauxVote.com)
  • Use this online application to register or update your registration.
  • Once you have completed the application, you can print and mail your application to your parish’s registrar of voters.
  • If you’re verified by the Office of Motor Vehicles, you can submit your application electronically. To submit electronically, you must have your Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card in hand when you begin the process. There is an audit code (a four digit number labeled AUDIT on the front of the license) that you must enter.

7. What if I have problems casting my ballot?

Q.What if I have problems casting my ballot?
A.

Call the Election Protection hotline if you have problems casting a ballot: 

  • English: 1-866-OUR VOTE
  • Spanish: 1-888-839-8682
  • Asian languages: 1-888-274-8683
  • Arabic: 1-844-418-1682
  • ASL (video call): 1-301-818-8683

8. What if the name I used for voter registration and the name found on my ID do not match?

Q.What if the name I used for voter registration and the name found on my ID do not match?
A.

In Louisiana, when you change the name on your ID, your voter registration should update, too.   

9. Do I need to reregister to vote if I have legally changed my name?

Q.Do I need to reregister to vote if I have legally changed my name?
A.
  • For the smoothest in-person voting experience, you should update your registration and file proof of your legal name change with your parish’s registrar of voters. 
  • If you have legally changed your name since registering to vote but it is too late to update your voter registration to reflect this change, you should bring proof of your legal name change (e.g., a court order) to the polls.
  • If the poll worker persists, ask for a “provisional” ballot.

10. What if my current gender presentation doesn’t match the gender marker or presentation shown on my photo ID?

Q.What if my current gender presentation doesn’t match the gender marker or presentation shown on my photo ID?
A.
  • Gender identity or presentation has no impact on your constitutional right to vote. There is no requirement that the picture or gender on your photo ID match your current gender presentation. 
  • See our Voting While Trans Guide for more information 

11. I'm formerly incarcerated. Can I vote?

Q.I'm formerly incarcerated. Can I vote?
A.

Anyone who’s on probation or parole and hasn’t been incarcerated within the past 5 years CAN vote. Anyone who has completed their probation and parole can vote. Make sure to get a voter certification form from your region’s probation and parole office (scroll and click on "Probation/Parole Offices") and bring that letter and an ID to your parish’s registrar of voters. Check out this video from our friends at VOTE-NOLA for more information.

12. Someone is interfering with my right to vote

Q.Someone is interfering with my right to vote
A.

Examples of voter intimidation

  • Aggressively questioning voters about their citizenship, criminal record, or other qualifications to vote.
  • Falsely representing oneself as an elections official.
  • Displaying false or misleading signs about voter fraud and related criminal penalties.
  • Other forms of harassment, particularly harassment targeting non-English speakers and voters of color.
  • Spreading false information about voter requirements. For example, you do not need to speak English or pass a test to vote. 

Your rights

  • It’s illegal to intimidate voters and a federal crime to “intimidate, threaten, [or] coerce … any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of [that] other person to vote or to vote as he may choose.”

What to do if you experience voter intimidation

  • In Louisiana, you can give a sworn statement to the poll worker that you satisfy the qualifications to vote in your state, and then proceed to cast a ballot. You must complete the affidavit on the ballot envelope, vote your ballot, place it in the ballot envelope and seal before returning it to the commissioner. The commissioner will give you a ballot stub that has a number that can be used to track the ballot online. Click provisional voter search to check if your provisional ballot was counted.
  • Report intimidation to the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).
  • Report intimidation to your local election officials. Their offices will be open on Election Day.