How to register to vote in Louisiana
This article describes how to register to vote in Louisiana. Louisiana offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Louisiana by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Register to vote in Louisiana In-person
- You can also register to vote in person. The deadline to register to vote in person is Sunday, October 7. Contact your local election officefor information on when and where to register to vote.
- Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Louisianaor contacting your local election official.
Who can vote
- To register in Louisiana you must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of Louisiana (Residence address must be address where you claim homestead exemption, if any, except for a resident in a nursing home or veteran’s home who may select to use the address of the nursing home or veterans’ home or the home where he has a homestead exemption. A college student may elect to use his home address or his address while away at school.)
- Be at least 17 years old, and be 18 years old prior to the next election to vote
- In addition, not currently be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
- Not currently be under a judgment of interdiction for mental incompetence
Register to vote in Louisiana Online
- Louisiana offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a Louisiana ID to use Louisiana’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have a Louisiana-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
- You can register online until Tuesday, October 16.
Register to vote in Louisiana By-mail voter registration
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 – ID Number: You must provide your LA driver’s license number or LA special ID card number, if issued. If not issued, you must provide at least the last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN), if issued. The full SSN may be provided on a voluntary basis. If the applicant has neither a LA driver’s license, a LA special ID card, or a SSN, the applicant shall attach one of the following items to his application: (a) a copy of a current and valid photo ID; or (b) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of applicant. Neither the registrar nor the Department of State shall disclose the SSN of a registered voter or circulate the SSNs of registered voters on commercial lists (R.S. 18:104 and 154; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 405).
- Box 7 – Choice of Party: Louisiana does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in local, state, or congressional primary elections. However, unaffiliated voters cannot participate in presidential primary elections or elections for party committee members.
- Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: You are requested to fill in this box.
- Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9.
Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Louisiana
Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Louisiana.
Check your voter registration status
You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Louisiana’s voter registration lookup tool.
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
- The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 16. By mail is Tuesday, October 9. And, in person is Sunday, October 7.