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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card number, and a residential address in Louisiana to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterportal.sos.la.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Louisiana state voter registration form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check box for whether you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old on or before Nov 8

Steps 2–4 · Provide your full name, residential address (and mailing address, if different), and date of birth

Step 5 · If you don’t have a Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card (see Step 13), provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Step 6 · Select your gender

Step 7 · (Optional) Indicate your race/ethnic origin

Step 8 · Designate your party affiliation

Steps 9–10 · Provide your place of birth and mother’s maiden name

Steps 11–12 · (Optional) Provide your email and phone number

Step 13 · Provide your Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card number, if you have one. Or select “No”, if you don’t.

Step 14 · Indicate whether you’ll need assistance at the polls

Steps 15–17 · (If applicable) Provide your last residence address, place of last registration, and a former registered name, if any

Step 18 · Sign and date the form

Step 19 · (If applicable) If you’re registering to vote for the first time and don’t provide a Louisiana driver’s license, special ID, or Social Security number, you must provide one of the following with your registration or when you vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document that shows your name and address

3. Send the form.

Mail your completed form by Oct 11 to your parish Registrar of Voters.


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterportal.sos.la.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

You can get the voter registration form at the following locations:

  • Any Registrar of Voters office
  • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
  • Any Louisiana public assistance agency that administers or provides services under the food stamp, Medicaid, WIC, FITAP programs
  • Offices serving persons with disabilities (e.g., Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices)
  • Military recruitment offices

2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check box for whether you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old on or before Nov 8

Steps 2–4 · Provide your full name, residential address (and mailing address, if different), and date of birth

Step 5 · If you don’t have a Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card (see Step 13), provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Step 6 · Select your gender

Step 7 · (Optional) Indicate your race/ethnic origin

Step 8 · Designate your party affiliation

Steps 9–10 · Provide your place of birth and mother’s maiden name

Steps 11–12 · (Optional) Provide your email and phone number

Step 13 · Provide your Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card number, if you have one. Or select “No”, if you don’t.

Step 14 · Indicate whether you’ll need assistance at the polls

Steps 15–17 · (If applicable) Provide your last residence address, place of last registration, and a former registered name, if any

Step 18 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Return the form by Oct 11


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterportal.sos.la.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Louisiana address
  • Be 17 years old (or 16 years old if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters or Office of Motor Vehicles) and 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for a felony conviction
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent or have your voting rights suspended
Online
October 11

Mail
October 11

In Person
October 11

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 25–Nov 1

Bring an accepted ID


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID


Who can vote early

Any registered voter in Louisiana can vote early in person.

 

Who can vote by mail

In order to vote absentee by mail, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’re a member of the military, or the spouse or dependent of a service member
  • You’re a student, instructor, or professor in an institution of higher learning located and living outside of the parish in which you’re qualified to vote (or the spouse or dependent of such person)
  • You’re a member of the clergy assigned to a religious post outside the parish in which you’re registered or you’re the spouse or dependent accompanying and residing with him or her
  • You’ll be or expect to be temporarily outside of Louisiana or absent from the parish in which you’re qualified to vote from Oct 25–Nov 1, and on Nov 8.
  • You moved your residence to another parish after Oct 11 and the new parish is more than 100 miles from the parish seat of the parish where you used to live, in which case you can vote absentee by mail in the parish where you used to live
  • You’re involuntarily confined in an institution of mental treatment outside the parish in which you’re qualified to vote and you’re not interdicted and judicially declared incompetent
  • You live outside the US
  • You’ll be sequestered on a jury on the day of the election
  • You expect to be hospitalized on Nov. 8 and were hospitalized from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1
  • By virtue of your employment or occupation, you expect to be out of your precinct of registration and upon the waters of Louisiana during Oct 25–Nov 1 and on Nov. 8
  • You live at home and prior to Jan 1, 2010, you were approved by a parish Board of Election Supervisors as being eligible to participate in a Special Program for Handicapped Voters as such program existed prior to that time
  • You’re incarcerated in an institution inside or outside the parish in which you’re qualified to vote, you’re not under an order of imprisonment for a felony conviction. You must include a certification by the sheriff with your application.
  • You’re a participant in the Department of State Address Confidentiality Program
  • You’re disabled
  • You’re at least 65 years old


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print an application for an absentee ballot or request an absentee ballot online at the Secretary of State’s website if you have a Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card.


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1-3 · Provide your name, birthday, and mother’s maiden name

Step 4 · Provide the address where you live

Step 5 · Provide your phone number

Steps 6-7 · (Optional) Provide your Social Security number or Louisiana driver’s license number

Step 8 · Select the reason you’re eligible to vote by absentee ballot

Step 9 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed (if different from Step 4)

Step 10 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail, fax, or hand deliver that to your parish Registrar of Voters so it’s received by 4:30 PM on Friday, Nov 4


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your ballot so it’s received by your parish Registrar of Voters by 4:30 PM on Nov 7
  • Check the status of your ballot on the Secretary of State website
Absentee ballot received by
November 7

Vote early
October 25–November 1

Bring an accepted ID.


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Louisiana. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Reside at the Louisiana address you’re registered at
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for a felony conviction
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent or have your voting rights suspended

ID requirements

Bring one of the following:

  • A Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card
  • Another generally recognized picture ID card that contains your name and signature

If you don’t have any of the above IDs, you can complete a sworn statement claiming that with your date of birth and your mother’s maiden name

If you registered to vote in Louisiana for the first time; submitted your voter registration application by mail; and you didn’t provide your Louisiana driver’s license or special ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number when you registered to vote, also bring a photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, because all Louisiana voters need to provide ID when they vote.

You can learn more about voter ID requirements in Louisiana on vote.org’s Voter ID Laws page.

Yes. All Louisiana voters have to provide ID, whether they vote in-person or by absentee ballot.  You can learn more on vote.org’s Voter ID Laws page.

  • The rules are slightly different if you are a disabled voter. Please call your Local Election Official if you are disabled and ask them about the voter ID laws.