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Quick facts -- Louisiana Voting
  • Same Day Registration :    No
  • Voter Registration deadline :   30 day(s) before election
  • Early Voting :    Yes   --    Voting By Absentee Ballot :   Yes
  • Voter Id Requirement :   Yes
  • Electoral Votes:   8
  • U.S Congressional District(s):    6 (Change:-1)

Census Data -- LA

Population4,574,836
Population Under 1824.40%
Population over 6412.50%
Population between 18 and 6463.10%
Percentage of White60.10%
Percentage of Black32.40%
Percentage of Hispanic4.40%
Percentage of Asian1.60%
Percentage of Native American0.70%
Percentage of Native Hawaiian0.10%
Pecentage below poverty18.10%
Total Fed. Spending$0
Who Can Register To Vote in Louisiana?

Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.

Once you are registered in your parish, you will remain registered unless you move from this parish, lose your civil rights, or register to vote in another state. Voter registration is not transferable. You must register every time you move to a new parish in Louisiana,or to another state. You must have a valid Louisiana driver's license number or Louisiana special ID card and a residence address in Louisiana to register or make changes to your existing registration online. The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is thirty days before the election.

To register to vote in the State of , an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be at least 17 years old but must be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
  • Not be under a judgement of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights
  • Reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register

Register To Vote - Online

  • Apply online to register to vote or make changes to your registration by checking http://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/955/Default.aspx

Register To Vote - In person

  • Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters office or any of the following sites;
  • 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

Register To Vote - By mail

  • Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application form, completing it and returning it to your local Registrar of Voters office. Please note that the list of Registrar Offices is included on the form. You may also get the mailing address from this list of Registrar of Voters offices.

Notice to voters

  • Faxed Voter Registration forms are not accepted. The Voter Registration form should be addressed and mailed or hand-delivered to the appropriate Registrar of Voters in the parish in which you are registering. DO NOT mail or otherwise send Voter Registration forms to the Secretary of State Elections Division office - deadlines requiring receipt in the registrar's office may be missed. You are to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election.


Election Offices In louisiana

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LA:
Election OfficePhoneAddress
Acadia parish 337-788-8841 Fax: 337-788-3571 568 North West Court Circle Crowley, LA 70526-4363
Allen parish 337-639-4966 Fax: 337-639-4691 Courthouse, 105 North Fifth Street Oberlin, LA 70655
Ascension parish 225-621-5780 Fax: 225-621-5783 COURTHOUSE ANNEX - 828 SOUTH IRMA BLVD RM #205GONZALES, LA 70737-3631 Gonzales, LA 70737-3631
Assumption parish 985-369-7347 Fax: 985-369-2976 Courthouse, 4809 Highway 1 Napoleonville, LA 70390
Avoyelles parish 318-253-7129 Fax: 318-253-0359 312 North Main Street, Suite E Marksville, LA 71351-2409
Beauregard parish 337-463-7955 Fax: 337-463-7986 204 South Stewart Street DeRidder, LA 70634
Bienville parish 318-263-7407 Fax: 318-263-4101 100 Courthouse Drive, Room 102 Arcadia, LA 71001-1001
Bossier parish 318-965-2301 Fax: 318-965-3760 204 Burt Boulevard, Courthouse, Second Floor Benton, LA 71006
Caddo parish 318-226-6891 Fax: 318-226-6969 525 Marshall Street, Suite 103 Shreveport, LA 71101
Calcasieu parish 337-721-4000 Fax: 337-437-3389 1000 Ryan Street, Room 7 Lake Charles, LA 70601-5250
Caldwell parish 318-649-7364 Fax: 318-649-7320 Courthouse, 201 Main Street Columbia, LA 71418-1107
Cameron parish 337-775-5493 Fax: 337-775-8014 148 Smith Circle Cameron, LA 70631-0001
Catahoula parish 318-744-5745 Fax: 318-744-2010 301 Bushley Street, Courthouse Room 103 Harrisonburg, LA 71340
Claiborne parish 318-927-3332 Fax: 318-927-3345 507 West Main Street, Suite 1 Homer, LA 71040-3929
Concordia parish 318-336-7770 Fax: 318-336-9906 New Courthouse4001 Carter Street, Suite K Vidalia, LA 71373-3021
Desoto parish 318-872-1149 Fax: 318-872-1153 105 Franklin Street Mansfield, LA 71052-2046
East baton rouge parish 225-389-3940 Fax: 225-389-5340 222 Saint Louis Street, Room 201 Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5860
East carroll parish 318-559-2015 Fax: 318-559-5110 400 First Street, Room 7 Lake Providence, LA 71254-2695
East feliciana parish 225-683-3105 Fax: 225-683-9464 11048 Bank Street Clinton, LA 70722
Evangeline parish 337-363-5538 Fax: 337-363-5530 200 Court Street, Suite 102 Ville Platte, LA 70586-4463
Franklin parish 318-435-4489 Fax: 318-435-4416 6560 Main Street Winnsboro, LA 71295-2750
Grant parish 318-627-9938 Fax: 318-627-9940 200 Main Street, Courthouse Building Colfax, LA 71417-1828
Iberia parish 337-369-4407 Fax: 337-369-4409 300 Iberia Street, Suite 110 New Iberia, LA 70560-4543
Iberville parish 225-687-5201 Fax: 225-687-5235 58050 Meriam Street Plaquemine, LA 70765-2717
Jackson parish 318-259-2486 Fax: 318-259-5671 500 East Court Street, Room 102 Jonesboro, LA 71251-3400
Jefferson davis parish 337-824-0834 Fax: 337-824-9187 302 North Cutting Avenue Jennings, LA 70546-5361
Jefferson parish 504-736-6191 Fax: 504-736-6197 1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 502 Harahan, LA 70123
La salle parish 318-992-2254 Fax: 318-992-7309 1050 Courthouse Street, Room 15 Jena, LA 71342
Lafayette parish 337-291-7140 Fax: 337-291-7143 1010 Lafayette Street, Suite 313 Lafayette, LA 70501-6885
Lafourche parish 985-447-3256 Fax: 985-447-3277 307 West Fourth Street, Room 101 Thibodaux, LA 70301-3105
Lincoln parish 318-251-5110 Fax: 318-251-5126 100 West Texas Avenue, #10 Ruston, LA 71270-4463
Livingston parish 225-686-3054 Fax: 225-686-3055 29938 South Magnolia Street Livingston, LA 70754-0968
Madison parish 318-574-2193 Fax: 318-574-2193 100 North Cedar Street Tallulah, LA 71282-3892
Morehouse parish 318-281-1434 Fax: 318-281-0929 129 North Frankin Street Bastrop, LA 71220-3815
Natchitoches parish 318-357-2211 Fax: 318-357-2212 200 Church Street, #103 Natchitoches, LA 71457-4673
Orleans parish 504-658-8300 Fax: 504-658-8315 1300 Perdido Street, Room 1W23 New Orleans, LA 70112-2127
Ouachita parish 318-327-1436 Fax: 318-327-1337 122 Saint John Street, Room 114 Monroe, LA 71201
Plaquemines parish 504-934-3620 Fax: 504-934-3625 28028 Highway 23, Room 107 Port Sulphur, LA 70083
Pointe coupee parish 225-638-5537 Fax: 225-638-5545 211 East Main Street, Room #103 New Roads, LA 70760-3661
Rapides parish 318-473-6770 Fax: 318-473-6601 701 Murray Street, Room 123 Alexandria, LA 71301-8060
Red river parish 318-932-5027 Fax: 318-932-5086 615 East Carroll Street #104 Coushatta, LA 71019-8537
Richland parish 318-728-3582 Fax: 318-728-7028 Courthouse, 708 Julia Street, Suite B - 102 Rayville, LA 71269-0368
Sabine parish 318-256-3697 Fax: 318-256-3697 400 Capitol Street, #107 Many, LA 71449-3098
St. bernard parish 504-278-4231 Fax: 504-277-0470 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Room 104 Chalmette, LA 70043-1696
St. charles parish 985-783-5120 Fax: 985-783-5121 15045 River Road # 189 Hahnville, LA 70057
St. helena parish 225-222-4440 Fax: 225-222-3040 369 Sitman Street, Room 104 Greensburg, LA 70441
St. james parish 225-562-2330 Fax: 225-562-2331 5800 Louisiana Highway 44 Convent, LA 70723-0106
St. john the baptist parish 985-652-9797 Fax: 985-359-0335 1801 West Airline Highway, Room 112 LaPlace, LA 70068-3344
St. landry parish 337-948-0572 Fax: 337-948-0575 118 South Court Street, Suite 114 Opelousas, LA 70571
St. martin parish 337-394-2204 Fax: 337-394-2204 415 South Main Street, Courthouse Saint Martinville, LA 70582-4549
St. mary parish 337-828-4100 ext. 360 Fax: 337-829-9901 500 Main StreetCourthouse, Room 301 Franklin, LA 70538-6144
St. tammany parish 985-809-5500 Fax: 985-809-5508 701 North Columbia Street Covington, LA 70433
Tangipahoa parish 985-748-3215 Fax: 985-748-3839 110 North Bay Street, #101 Amite, LA 70422-2599
Tensas parish 318-766-3931 Fax: 318-766-3933 203 Hancock Street Saint Joseph, LA 71366
Terrebonne parish 985-873-6533 Fax: 985-873-6834 7856 Main Street, Suite 110 Houma, LA 70360-3405
Union parish 318-368-8660 Fax: 318-368-8660 303 East Water StreetAnnex Room 107 Farmerville, LA 71241-3000
Vermilion parish 337-898-4324 Fax: 337-898-4326 100 North State Street, Suite 120 Abbeville, LA 70510-5170
Vernon parish 337-239-3690 Fax: 337-238-0634 301 East Courthouse Street Leesville, LA 71446-4330
Washington parish 985-839-7850 Fax: 985-839-7851 900 Washington Street, #105 Franklinton, LA 70438-1719
Webster parish 318-377-9272 Fax: 318-377-9917 410 Main Street, Room 103 Minden, LA 71055-3382
West baton rouge parish 225-336-2421 Fax: 225-387-3222 883 7th Street, Suite A Port Allen, LA 70767-0031
West carroll parish 318-428-2381 Fax: 318-428-9253 Courthouse, 305 East Main Street # 108 Oak Grove, LA 71263
West feliciana parish 225-635-6161 Fax: 225-635-6161 5932 Commerce Street Saint Francisville, LA 70775
Winn parish 318-628-6133 Fax: 318-628-6142 119 West Main Street, Room 105 Winnfield, LA 71483-3238
  • Open Primary/Congressional - November 4,2014
  • Congressional General Election - December 6,2014

Check state complete events calendar - Deadlines,ID requirements,Poll Hours ...


Voting by Absentee Ballot In Louisiana

Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application form, completing it and returning it to your local Registrar of Voters office. Please note that the list of Registrar Offices is included on the form.

How can I obtain an absentee ballot?

  • To request absentee ballots by mail, complete and return a Request for Absentee Ballot by Mail PDF form indicating the reason you are not able to vote in person, either during early voting or on election day. Return the form to your parish Registrar of Voters

Overseas and Military Voters

  • The Louisiana Legislature passed HB 1200 (R.S. 2010), Act 624 to implement the MOVE Act for Louisiana's military and overseas voters

Timeline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail:

  • Military Personnel: Anytime before 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day
  • U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S.: Anytime before 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day
  • Hospitalization: By 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day
  • All others: 60 days prior to the election through 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day

Deadlines for returning your Absentee ballots:

  • Military Personnel: By 8 p.m. on Election Day
  • U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S.: By 8 p.m. on Election Day
  • Hospitalization: By 8 p.m. on Election Day
  • All others: By 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day

Who Can Vote Absentee Ballot?

  • SENIOR CITIZEN: You are 65 years of age or older;
  • DISABLED/HOMEBOUND/NURSING OR VETERANS' HOME;
  • HIGHER EDUCATION: You are a student, instructor, or professor located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof. If a student and voting for the 1st time, you must include a copy of your student ID.
  • CLERGY: You are a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof.
  • TEMPORARILY ABSENT: You are or expect to be temporarily outside the territorial limits of the state or absent from your parish of registration during the early voting period and on election day;
  • MOVED OUT OF PARISH: You moved your residence to another parish more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your former residence after the voter registration books closed. The books close 30 days prior to an election.
  • INVOLUNTARY CONFINEMENT: You are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration and you are not interdicted and not judicially declared incompetent.
  • HOSPITALIZED: You expect to be hospitalized on election day and you did not have knowledge until after the time for early voting had expired; or you were hospitalized during the time for early voting and you expect to be hospitalized on election day; or you were either hospitalized or restricted to bed by your physician during early voting and on election day.
  • OFFSHORE: You expect to be out of your precinct of registration and upon the waters of the state both during the early voting period and on election day because of your employment or occupation.
  • INCARCERATED: You are incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony. You must attach a certification of the sheriff.
  • ACP: You are a program participant in the Department of State Address Confidentiality Program.
  • JUROR: You will be sequestered on the day of the election. You must attach a certified copy of the court order of sequestration.

Early Voting In Person

  • Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters office or at designated locations in the parish from 14 days to seven days prior to any scheduled election.
  • The registrars of voters will open their offices from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for each day of early voting. When you go to cast your vote early, you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that has your name and signature. You may wish to contact your local Registrar of Voters office for specific locations, dates and times.

2012 Open Primary/Congressional/Presidential: November 6, 2012 Primary; December 1, 2012 General:

  • Early voting hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 23-30, 2012 is the early voting period for the Nov. 6, 2012 Open Primary/Congressional/Presidential (except Sunday).
  • Nov. 17-24, 2012 is the early voting period for the Dec. 1, 2012 Open General/Congressional (except Sunday, Thanksgiving Day-Nov. 22 and Acadian Day-Nov. 23).

College Student Voting In Louisiana

If you are a full-time student in Louisiana, you may register to vote at either your school address or your home address within the state.In particular, if you are from out of state and have moved to Louisiana in order to attend school, Louisiana law explicitly gives you the right to register at your school address. If you are from Louisiana but attend school in another parish in the state, you can choose to register either at your school address or your home address.

Like most states, Louisiana allows you to keep your voting residency even if you move out of the county or state to attend school.

Mover's Guide: Louisiana

Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.

If you moved to Louisiana from another state, you must register to vote in Louisiana to be able to vote. The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is thirty days before the election.

If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you can vote a regular ballot at that polling place after confirming your change of address at the polling place. This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.

If you moved to a new address within the same parish but with a different polling place, you can vote at the polling place associated with your old address.

If you moved to a new address in a different parish, you can vote at the polling place associated with your old address for up to three months after the move if you have not registered at the new address. If you moved to a new address that is in a different parish more than three months before the election you need to register to vote in your new address at least thirty days before an election to be eligible to vote in that election.

Louisiana Political Parties

  • Conservative Parties of Louisiana
  • 9655 Perkins Road, C130 Baton Rouge, LA 70810 Phone: 225-924-4422 Fax: 225-928-0540
    E-mail: mail@cp-usa.org
    Website: http://www.conservativepartyla.org/
  • Constitution Party of Louisiana
  • 1705 Highway 59Suite 12-54 Mandeville, LA 70448 Phone: 985-898-1918 Phone: 337-879-2169
    E-mail: sspeyrer1@bellsouth.net
    Website: http://www.cpofla.org/contactus.php
  • Green Party of Louisiana
  • Post Office Box 531761 New Orleans, LA 70153 Phone: 504-613-4224
    E-mail: secretary@lagreens.org
    Website: http://www.lagreens.org/
  • Louisiana Democratic Party
  • 701 Government Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Phone: 225-336-4155 Fax: 225-336-0046
    E-mail: info@lademo.org
    Website: http://www.lademo.org/
  • Reform Party of Louisiana
  • 28034 Great Eagle Dr. Walker, LA 70785 Phone: 225-667-9573
    E-mail: RPLA@rpusa.info
    Website: http://reformpartyla.org/
  • Republican Party
  • 530 Lakeland Drive Suite 215 Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Phone: 225-389-4495 Fax: 225-389-4493
    E-mail: info@lagop.com
    Website: http://lagop.com/
State Congress

Recent Louisiana Key Votes :


Bill Passed in State Congress

  • Senate
  • Concurrence Vote -- Amends Lawsuit Provisions Regarding Oil and Gas Companies (SB 469)
  • Passage -- Amends Lawsuit Provisions Regarding Oil and Gas Companies (SB 469)
  • Passage With Amendment -- Extends Timeline for Implementation of Common Core Standards (HB 953)
  • Passage -- Prohibits Transportation of Dogs on Truck Beds on Highways (HB 1091)
  • Passage With Amendment -- Requires Abortion Providers to Have Hospital Admitting Privileges (HB 388)
  • Passage -- Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Weapons in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol (HB 72)
  • Passage -- Prohibits Individuals from Using an Unmanned Aircraft to Capture Certain Images or Wireless Data (SB 330)
  • Conference Report Vote -- Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information (HB 8)
  • Concurrence Vote -- Requires Equal Pay for Women Employed by the State (SB 153)
  • Concurrence Vote -- Increases Judicial Pay (SB 188)
  • Conference Report Vote -- Authorizes Surrogacy Contracts (SB 162)
  • House
  • Concurrence Vote -- Extends Timeline for Implementation of Common Core Standards (HB 953)
  • Passage -- Extends Timeline for Implementation of Common Core Standards (HB 953)
  • Passage With Amendment -- Amends Lawsuit Provisions Regarding Oil and Gas Companies (SB 469)
  • Concurrence Vote -- Requires Abortion Providers to Have Hospital Admitting Privileges (HB 388)
  • Passage -- Requires Abortion Providers to Have Hospital Admitting Privileges (HB 388)
  • Passage -- Prohibits Transportation of Dogs on Truck Beds on Highways (HB 1091)
  • Passage -- Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Weapons in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol (HB 72)
  • Conference Report Vote -- Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information (HB 8)
  • Nonconcurrence Vote -- Prohibits Disclosure of Concealed Firearm Permit Information (HB 8)
  • Passage With Amendment -- Increases Judicial Pay (SB 188)
  • Passage With Amendment -- Requires Equal Pay for Women Employed by the State (SB 153)
  • Conference Report Vote -- Authorizes Surrogacy Contracts (SB 162)
  • Passage -- Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession (HB 103)

Bill Failed in State Congress

  • Senate
  • Passage -- Prohibits Individuals from Using an Unmanned Aircraft to Capture Certain Images or Wireless Data (SB 330)
  • Amendment Vote -- Authorizes "Chicken Boxing" under Certain Conditions (S Amdt 2081)
  • Motion Vote -- Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession (HB 103)
  • House
  • Passage -- Requires Companies to Give Public Notice of Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing (HB 1275)
  • Passage -- Repeals Certain "Crimes Against Nature" (HB 12)
  • Passage -- Repeals Mandatory Retirement Age for Judges (SB 5)
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Louisiana QuickFacts

History

  • Date of Statehood: April 30, 1812
  • Population 1810: 76,556
  • Population 1850: 517,762
  • Population 1900: 1,381,625
  • Population 1950: 2,683,516
Geography
Capital Baton Rouge
Largest City New Orleans
Second Largest City Baton Rouge
Persons per square mile 103

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  • Nickname: Pelican State
  • Flower: Magnolia
  • Tree: Bald Cypress
  • Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
  • Cuisine: Gumbo
  • Fruit: Strawberry
  • Amphibian: Green Tree Frog

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