LOUISIANA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day for paper/mail in applications, 20 days before Election Day for online voter registration

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Louisiana’s voter registration form asks for your LA driver’s license or special ID card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have a Social Security Number, you must attach one or more documents to prove your identity, residence and date of birth such as a copy of a current and valid:

  • photo ID,
  • utility bill,
  • bank statement,
  • government check,
  • paycheck, or
  • other government document.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Poll workers will ask in-person voters to show a photo ID, but if you do not have one, you may sign an Identification Affidavit instead. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Louisiana driver’s license,
  • Louisiana special identification card;
  • or other generally recognized picture ID card that contains your name and signature.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • You may vote by mail if you have one of the following reasons:
    • You are a student, instructor, or professor living outside your parish of registration
    • You are 65 years of age or older
    • You are temporarily outside of Louisiana or your parish during the early voting period and on Election Day
    • You work or expect to be offshore during the early voting period and on Election Day
    • You reside in a nursing home, veterans’ home or hospital for an extended stay for a physical disability and are unable to vote in person during early voting or at the polls on Election Day. (Note: you must provide a physician’s letter which indicates that by reason of your disability, you are unable to appear in person to vote during early voting or on Election Day.)
    • You are a member of the clergy assigned outside your parish of registration
    • You have moved more than 100 miles from the parish of your former residence after the registration books close (30 days prior to an election)
    • You are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration
    • You except to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have knowledge of the hospitalization until after the early voting period has ended or were hospitalized during early voting and except to remain hospitalized on Election Day
    • You are incarcerated and are not convicted of a felony
    • You are a participation in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program
    • You will be sequestered on the day of the election for Jury Duty
  • The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day. You may request a ballot online or submit an application by mail to your parish registrar of voters.
  • Completed vote by mail ballots must be returned and received by the parish registrar of voters by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Early In-person

  • Any registered voter may vote early in person without an excuse
  • Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends 7 days before an election. You may vote early at your parish registrar of voters office from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Some parishes host additional early voting sites.
  • All early voting locations can be found here before each election: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Louisiana affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • If you intend to drive in Louisiana, you must get a Louisiana driver’s license within 30 days of moving to the state. For more information, contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.

FELN intends that the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Louisiana legal professional.

Last updated August 2017