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Louisiana vote by mail guide

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 rules

You can vote by mail in Louisiana if:

  • you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to serious underlying medical conditions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (including chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, hypertension or other serious heart conditions, diabetes, undergoing chemotherapy, severe obesity (BMI of 40 or higher), chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis, liver disease, pregnancy, or immunocompromised due to cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications);
  • you are or are taking care of someone who is subject to a medically necessary quarantine or isolation order as a result of COVID-19;
  • you are advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;
  • you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • 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.

Louisiana vote by mail ID requirements

  • Most Louisiana voters do not need to include ID to request a ballot. If your excuse to vote by mail is because of a disability, you must include a copy of disability documentation AND a copy of 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.
  • Most Louisiana voters must include the signature of a witness when they return their 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:

  1. You submit an application to vote by mail
  2. Your local election office processes your application
  3. Your local election office sends your ballot to you
  4. You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline

Apply to vote by mail online (recommended)

  1. Visit the Louisiana vote by mail website.
  2. Fill out all of the required information.
  3. Hit save or submit when you are done.
  4. The deadline to apply online is: received by October 30, 2020.

Apply to vote by mail

  1. Download the Louisiana vote by mail application.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Print the form.
  4. Sign and date your form. This is very important.
  5. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  6. If it’s close to the deadline, call your Local Election Office and see if they will let you submit your form via email or fax.
  7. The deadline to apply by mail is: received by October 30, 2020

Apply to vote by mail in person

  1. Visit your Local Election Office.
  2. Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
  3. Fill out all of the required fields.
  4. Sign and date your application.
  5. The deadline to apply in person is: received by October 30, 2020

How to vote by mail

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  4. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided dropbox.
  5. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.

Two important things to note:

  1. The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
  2. The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about voting by mail in Louisiana.

Statewide election office

Secretary of State
Attention: Elections Division
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804‐9125