Upcoming Elections in Louisiana

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

April 9, 2016 - Municipal General Elections
Last Day to Register to VoteMarch 9, 2016
Early Voting BeginsMarch 26, 2016
Early Voting EndsApril 2, 2016
Deadline to Request a Mail Ballot from Registrar (other than Military and Overseas)April 5, 2016
Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot(other than Military and Overseas)April 8, 2016
November 8, 2016 - Open Primary/Presidential/Congressional Election
Last Day to Register to VoteOctober 11, 2016
Register By MailOctober 11, 2016
Early Voting StartsOctober 25, 2016
Early Voting EndsNovember 1, 2016
Deadline to Request a Mail Ballot from Registrar(other than Military and Overseas)November 4, 2016
Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot(other than Military and Overseas)November 7, 2016
Ballot Return by 8 pm November 8, 2016
December 10, 2016 - Open General/ Congressional Election
Last Day to Register to VoteNovember 9, 2016
Early Voting StartsNovember 26, 2016
Early Voting EndsDecember 3, 2016
Deadline to Request a Mail Ballot from Registrar(other than Military and Overseas)December 6, 2016
Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot(other than Military and Overseas)December 9, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Monroe Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: James E. 'Jamie' Mayo - Population(48,815)
April 19, 2016
  • Baton Rouge Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Melvin L. 'Kip' Holden - Population(229,493)
  • 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
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Time Off For Voting:

No specific law requiring time off to vote.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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.

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

  • a driver's license;
  • a Louisiana Special ID; or
  • some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.
  • 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.

Assistance to Voters

  • A visibly disabled voter and the person assisting him in voting shall go to the front of the line at their polling place.
  • A voter is entitled to receive assistance while voting if he/she is unable to read or unable to vote without assistance because of a physical disability, including being visually impaired. A voter may choose to use the audio ballot instead of receiving assistance.
  • A voter must either file a statement with the registrar in person or by mail if they need assistance in voting or provide certain documentation to the poll worker on election day.
  • A voter may receive assistance by providing a physician's certificate certifying to the disability, or a copy of a current mobility impaired ID card issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles, or a copy of current documentation showing eligibility for disability benefits from either social security, veteran's, paratransit services, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities or benefits from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.

Persons prohibited from assisting voters are as follows:

  • candidate in the election cannot assist a voter;
  • employer or employer's agent cannot assist an employee;
  • union agent cannot assist a union member
  • commissioner-in-charge; and
  • staff for a state residential facility cannot assist residents of their facility in voting.

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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Louisiana does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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