Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before the election
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
Register at School or Home?
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
- Students attending college in Louisiana may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
- Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in Louisiana or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
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 a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special identification card or other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the name and signature of the applicant.
Where Do I Vote?
- Polling place locator online at https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/ through.
- If your name does not appear in the voter rolls and you believe that you registered properly, ask the poll worker for help finding your precinct or call your parish registrar; a list is located at http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/Pages/RegistrarAddresses.aspx. If you still have a problem at the polling place, you have the right to cast a provisional ballot. If you are in the parish where you are registered but not at the precinct which you’ve been assigned, you’ll be given a provisional ballot with federal contests only. Sometimes there are multiple precincts in one polling place, so confirm your precinct ahead of time and get in the correct line!
How Can I Vote?
Vote absentee by mail
- Louisiana voters may vote absentee upon request, but they need to identify the reason they are voting absentee. Students living outside their parish of registration and voting for the first time in Louisiana must provide a copy of their student ID card or fee bill with the absentee ballot application.
- Louisiana voters can request an absentee ballot at any time up until 4:30 p.m. on the fourth day before the election. You can return the voted ballot by mail or by handing it in to a parish election official by 4:30 p.m. the day before the election.
- Always be sure that your ballot is sealed in its signed return envelope. Check everything carefully before putting it in the mail. If you’re handing it in personally, ask the election official if everything is complete. If someone drops off the ballot for you, that person must be a family member and must also sign a statement prepared by the Louisiana Secretary of State. Lack of signatures or an unsealed envelope could result in your ballot not being counted.
Early In Person
All registered voters may vote early at the parish registrar’s office or at an alternate early voting site. You do not need a reason to vote early. The early voting period is from fourteen days to seven days before the election, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sundays and holidays.
On Election Day
The polls are open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. for primary and general elections, and between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. for Congressional primary elections and all other elections held on the same date.
Will voting in Louisiana affect my federal financial aid?
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and Perkins or Stafford loans or your dependency status regarding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Does being an out-of-state student for tuition purposes affect my right to vote in my college community?
Will I lose my scholarship if I register to vote in Louisiana?