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Louisiana voter registration guide

Last updated: August 3, 2020

Check your Louisiana voter registration status

If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your Louisiana registration using the Louisiana voter registration lookup tool.

If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.

Louisiana voter registration deadlines

  • Online deadline: 20 days before Election Day
  • By-mail deadline: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day
  • In-person deadline: 30 days before Election Day

Louisiana voter registration rules

To register in Louisiana you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • 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 veterans 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 (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 prior to the next election to vote
  • 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 can register to vote online if you have a Louisiana driver's license or state ID card. If not, you can register to vote by mail or in person.

Register to vote by mail in Louisiana

  1. Review the “Voter registration rules” section above and check that you're eligible.
  2. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: This field is optional.
  6. 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.
  7. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
  8. Your voter registration form must be postmarked 30 days before Election Day

Register to vote in person in Louisiana

  1. Contact your local election office to find exactly where to go register to vote in person.
  2. Bring your Louisiana driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring ONE photo ID that shows your name, and ONE document that shows your name and Louisiana address. Acceptable documents include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.

Local election office

Contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote in Louisiana.

Statewide election office

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