If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.
Louisiana voter registration rules
To register in Louisiana you must:
be a citizen of the United States
be a resident of Louisiana at least 20 days prior to the election (if registering through the GeauxVote Online Registration System) OR 30 days (if registering by in-person or mail)
be 17 years old to register (16 years old if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles) and be 18 years old by Election Day
not currently be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony. (If you are under an order but have not been incarcerated within the last five years, you ARE eligible to vote unless your conviction was for election fraud.)
not currently be under a judgment of interdiction for mental incompetence
Register to vote online in Louisiana
You must include your Louisiana driver's license number or Louisiana state ID number, issue date of that ID, and the last 4 digits of your social security number with your online voter registration application.
Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your Louisiana driver’s license number or Louisiana special identification card number. If you do not have either of these, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you do not have any of these numbers, include a COPY of your ID with this form. Acceptable forms of ID include (a) a copy of a current and valid photo identification; or (b) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Louisiana home address.
Box 7 - Choice of Party: Louisiana has closed primaries. If you do not choose a party, you will not be able to vote in that party's primary elections.
Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: This field is optional.
Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 5, 2020
Louisiana voters must provide their Louisiana driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application. Voters must also physically show a valid document with their name and address, such as their driver's license, bank statement, or utility bill.
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Louisiana elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.
Secretary of State
Attention: Elections Division
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804‐9125
Louisiana vote by mail guide
Louisiana vote by mail guide
Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to state records. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Louisiana vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by October 30, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 30, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 30, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Louisiana vote by mail overview
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Louisiana vote by mail rules
You can vote by mail in Louisiana if:
you are taking care of someone who is being quarantined due to COVID-19 OR you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a diagnosis OR you are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to serious underlying medical conditions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
you are 65 years or older,
you are a student or teacher located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof,
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 state or absent from your parish of registration during the early voting period and on Election Day,
you moved over 100 miles away from your former residence within 30 days of Election Day,
you are involuntarily confined or incarcerated in an institution either for mental treatment (must be confined outside of your place of registration and not be judicially declared incompetent) or for a conviction (although you must NOT be serving time for a felony conviction),
you expect to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not know until after the early voting period OR you were hospitalized during early voting and expect to be hospitalized on Election Day, or
you are a program participant in the Department of State’s Address Confidentiality Program.
Louisiana vote by mail ID requirements (request)
Most Louisiana voters do NOT need to include ID to request a ballot. However, if your excuse to vote by mail is because of a disability, you must include a copy of disability documentation AND a copy of a government-issued valid photo ID. If you do not have photo ID, you may include a letter of oath with the names and addresses of two individuals in your precinct who can verify your physical disability. Acceptable forms of ID include:
a Louisiana driver’s license
a Louisiana special ID card
a photo ID with your name and signature
Acceptable forms of disability documentation include:
a copy of a mobility impaired identification card issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles
a copy of social security disability benefits, veteran’s disability benefits, paratransit services, benefits from the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities or benefits from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
a physician’s letter certifying your disability.
Louisiana vote by mail ID requirements (return)
You must have a witness sign the witness section of the ballot envelope when you return your voted ballot. Military and overseas voters do not need a witness signature.
Louisiana vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps: