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Deadlines and other information summarized here are from the Louisiana Secretary of State website. This summary of information is presented as a public service without warranty, and without representation that it has not been superseded by changes by the Secretary of State. For the latest information, or in case of doubt, that source should be consulted.
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Deadlines for the election on Oct. 12, 2019
- The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Sept. 11.
- The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Sept. 21.
- Early voting is Sept. 28-Oct. 5 (except Sunday, Sept. 29) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is Oct. 8 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through the Secretary of State Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).
- The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is Oct. 11 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).
Deadlines for the election on Nov. 16, 2019
- The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Oct. 16.
- The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Oct. 26.
- Early voting is Nov. 2-9 (except Sunday, Nov. 3) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is Nov. 12 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through the Secretary of State Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).
- The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is Nov. 15 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).
Are you already registered?
You can use links at the Louisiana Secretary of State website to see if you are registered to vote, get registration information, get the mobil app, check election dates, see a sample ballot, and sign up for election alerts.
You can also go directly to the Voter Portal to see your voter registration status, at the Louisiana Secretary of State Voter Portal Login.
- After you enter your first and last names, zip code and month/year of birth, it will show your name, party, parish, ward and precinct, and registration status (whether it is active or not).
- It also includes links to find your early voting location, election day voting location, the locations of the registrar of voters (with map links, phone numbers, and mailing addresses) and the election dates for your residence.
- There are also links to see your sample ballot and elected officials, and to request an absentee ballot.
- And there are links to change your voter registration and print your voter registration card.
- If you cast an absentee ballot or provisional ballot (provisional ballots are only allowed in federal elections), there are links to check the status of those ballots.
If your status is inactive, check the list of inactive voters at
If your name is on the list, your voter registration status is inactive. There are instructions on what you need to do at this link.
How to register to vote
Qualifications to register to vote are listed at this link.
- Register to vote or change your registration online at this link and scroll to the embedded link at the bottom of the page.
- If you fill out an online application, but print and mail it to the Registrar of Voters, it must be postmarked 30 days before the first election you can vote in.
Register in Person
- For a list of locations where you can register to vote in person, go to this link and scroll down to where it says Register in Person.
Register by Mail.
- You can register to by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application, completing it and mailing it to your local Registrar of Voters Office at the address on the form.
- You may also register by using the National Mail Voter Registration Form. That form can be downloaded in any of 15 languages, and can be used to register U.S. citizens to vote, to update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or to register with a political party, but you must follow the Louisiana-specific instructions, which are included on the form.
Special provisions apply for military and overseas voters.
If you want to hold a registration drive, see the instructions from Secretary of State.
Find your ballot
Before the sample ballot is available, you can see candidates here. In the form, select election date, “races by parish tab” and click “view candidates in selected races”.
You can also find what will be on your ballot at the BR Votes website.
When, where and how to vote
Louisiana Election Day Voters’ Bill of Rights
- Link to the Secretary of State Voters’ Bill of Rights and Election Information.
When the polls are open
- Polls open at 7 a.m. for SATURDAY elections and at 6 a.m. for TUESDAY elections. Polls close at 8 p.m. All voters in line at 8 p.m. have the right to vote.
What to expect when you arrive at the voting location
- Be prepared to show a photo identification card with your photo and signature when voting. If you do not have a photo ID, you may obtain a free Louisiana special identification card by presenting your voter registration information card to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) or you may vote by affidavit after correctly answering identifying information before voting.
- Never wear any campaign shirt, hat, and button or pin when voting. All polling places have a 600 foot campaign free zone.
Disabled & Elderly Citizens
- Voters who are unable to read or who are disabled, including physical disability or visual impairment, are able to vote with assistance.
Instructions for voting early
- You do not need a special reason to vote early! All voters may vote early!
Early voting locations
- Early voting locations for East Baton Rouge Parish are at the BR Votes website.
- Early voting locations for all parishes are at the Secretary of State website.
Instructions for voting by mail are here.
Instructions for voting on election day are here.
Find where to vote on election day here.
Instructions for casting a provisional ballot are here (provisional ballots are only allowed in federal elections).
Check the status of your provisional ballot here (provisional ballots are only allowed in federal elections).
Secretary of State FAQ links on voting