Louisiana Dates

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Louisiana Elections Schedule

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 5, 2016 - Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary
The last day to register to vote February 3, 2016
Early Voting beginsFebruary 20, 2016
Early Voting EndsFebruary 27, 2016
Absentee-by-mail ballots may be requested until March 1, 2016March 1, 2016
Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot(other than Military and Overseas)March 4, 2016
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
Ballot Request by 4:30 pmNovember 7, 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

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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Louisiana Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

Louisiana 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Louisiana. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Louisiana's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is NOT running for re-election.

It is important to note that since the incumbent is not running for re-election, this is an open race where both Democrats and Republicans will try to win the seat.

Louisiana US Senator Race - Open Race

Louisiana US Senator Race - Open Race Incumbent Republican Senator, David Vitter is not running for re-election. On November 2, 2010, David Vitter won re-election to the United States Senate with 56.6% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Charlie Melancon, who came in a distant second with 37.7% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Louisiana)



No specific law requiring time off to vote.

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