Voter Eligibility

voter-eligibilityVoter Registration Deadlines
Louisiana statutes require you to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election. You can register in person at your parish Registrar of Voters office, or you can submit an application by mail to your Registrar of Voters office. If you are seeking services at a mandated registration site, voter registration may be offered to you. For example, a person can register to vote when renewing a driver’s license. Mandated sites include:

  • Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicle offices.
  • Louisiana Department of Social Services offices and WIC offices, Food Stamp offices, and Medicaid offices.
  • Offices serving persons with disabilities, such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living offices.
  • Armed Forces Recruitment offices.

Early Voting
Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at local Registrar of Voters offices from 14 days to seven days prior to any scheduled election from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Voting Hours
The polls open at 7 a.m. for Saturday elections and close at 8 p.m. The polls open at 6 a.m. for Tuesday elections and close at 8 p.m.  Voters in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

A Reminder to Voters – Take Picture ID to Polls
When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take a driver’s license, a Louisiana Special ID, or some other generally recognized picture ID. Voters who have no picture ID and bring only a utility bill, payroll check or government document that includes their name and address will have to sign an affidavit furnished by the Elections Division in order to vote. Should any problems or questions arise, the principal office of the Registrar of Voters in each parish will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on election day.

Handicapped Access Information
This information is provided as a guide for the election officials who are directly involved in the Special Program for Physically Handicapped Voters, for the individuals who wish to participate in the program, and for any other individual who may have an interest in the law. The special program was established by Acts 500 of 1983 to enable certain physically handicapped voters the opportunity to participate in the electoral process. It will enable these voters to vote absentee by mail or in person at nursing homes if they meet the requirements set forth in the Louisiana Election Code.