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Upcoming Elections in Louisiana

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

December 10,2016 - Open General/ Congressional Election
Voter Registration Ends: Last Day to Register to Vote November 9,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early Voting Starts November 26,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Early Voting Ends December 3,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Deadline to Request a Mail Ballot from Registrar(other than Military and Overseas) December 6,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot(other than Military and Overseas) December 9,2016
March 25,2017 - Municipal Primary Election
Voter Registration Ends: Last Day to Register to Vote February 22,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early Voting Begins March 11,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Early Voting Ends March 18,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Deadline to Request a Mail Ballot from Registrar March 21,2017
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot March 24,2017
April 29,2017 - Municipal General Election
Voter Registration Ends: Last Day to Register to Vote March 29,2017
Voter Registration Begins: Early Voting Begins April 15,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early Voting Begins April 15,2017
Voter Registration Ends: Early Voting Ends April 22,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Early Voting Ends April 22,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Deadline to Request a Mail Ballot from Registrar April 25,2017
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot April 28,2017
October 14,2017 - Open Primary/Orleans Municipal Parochial Primary
Voter Registration Ends: Last Day to Register to Vote September 13,2017
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail begins : Early Voting Begins September 30,2017
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail Ends : Early Voting Ends October 7,2017
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail Ends : Deadline to Request a Mail Ballot from Registrar October 10,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot October 13,2017
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Baton Rouge Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Melvin L. 'Kip' Holden - Population(229,493)
  • Kenner Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Michael G. Sigur - Population(66,702)
  • New Iberia Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Hilda Daigre Curry - Population(30,617)
  • Simmesport Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Eric John Rusk - Population(2,239)
November 8, 2016
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

No specific law requiring time off to vote.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following:

  • Louisiana driver’s license
  • Louisiana special ID card
  • Other generally recognized picture identification
  • emergency paper ballot if the only voting machine in the precinct fails; or
  • provisional paper ballot (federal election only) if you certify that you are eligible to vote in the election and your name does not appear on the precinct register.

If you do not have a driver's license, Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit.

You may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card. If you have misplaced your voter information card, contact your registrar of voters for a new one or print your own by logging into the Louisiana Voter Portal as a voter. Click the 'Voter Registration' tab at the top then click the 'Print Voter Information' link located on the ribbon on the left-hand side.

Should any problems or questions arise, the principal office of the registrar of voters in each parish will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all Saturday elections and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all Tuesday elections.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-8:00 PM

Election day voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all Saturday elections and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all Tuesday elections. Don't forget to bring your picture ID to the polls!

Should any problems or questions arise, the principal office of the registrar of voters in each parish will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all Saturday elections and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all Tuesday elections.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use voterportal.sos.la.gov to Find Voter, Address, or Parish Specific Information. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Am I eligible To Vote in Louisiana?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Louisiana

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Louisiana?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in Louisiana? Click here for more information

What's on Louisiana ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Louisiana?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Louisiana

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if Louisiana if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Louisiana?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Louisiana? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote