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Louisiana absentee ballot guide

Last updated: June 25, 2020
  • In Louisiana, you can apply for an absentee ballot online, by-mail , or in-person.

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: 4 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: Received 4 days before Election Day
  • Online: 4 days before Election Day
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Received 1 day BEFORE Election Day

Who can vote by absentee ballot in Louisiana

You may get an absentee ballot and vote by mail in Louisiana if:

  • you are a student or teacher located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
  • you are 65 years of age or older;
  • you are a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
  • you are or expect to be temporarily outside the territorial limits of the state or absent from your parish of registration during the early voting period and on Election Day;
  • you moved your residence to another parish more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your former residence after the voter registration books closed (the books close 30 days prior to Election Day);
  • you are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration and you are not interdicted and not judicially declared incompetent;
  • you expect to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have knowledge until after the time for early voting had expired; you were hospitalized during the time for early voting and you expect to be hospitalized on Election Day; or you were either hospitalized or restricted to bed by your physician during early voting and on Election Day;
  • you work or expect to be offshore working and expect to be out of your precinct of registration both during the early voting period and on Election Day because of your employment or occupation;
  • you are incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not serving time for a felony conviction;
  • you are a program participant in the Department of State’s Address Confidentiality Program;
  • you will be sequestered on the day of Election Day; or
  • you are the secretary of state, an employee of the secretary of state, or an employee of the registrar of voters.

Apply online (recommended)

  1. You can apply for an absentee ballot online in Louisiana.
  2. We recommend this option, since it is faster than applying by-mail or in-person.
  3. The deadline to apply online is: 4 days before Election Day.

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the Louisiana absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 4 days before Election Day.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 4 days before Election Day.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be received 1 day BEFORE Election Day.

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Louisiana.