Guide to Voting

(if 1. Voter registration

Deadline to Register/update: 

ONLINE: By October 14, 2020

BY MAIL/IN PERSON: By October 4, 2020

Link to Application: 

2. Check Your registration

Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.

Check and Update Registration Here:  https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/VoterRegistration


  • Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
  • Correct Address
  • Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
  • Correct Date of Birth
  • Correct Political Party preference

3. Order your mail ballot

Deadline for advance mail ballot application: Must be received by October 30, 2020  4:30 pm

We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.

Request Mail-In Ballot Here: 

Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: no later than november 2, 2020 4:30 pm

Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:

Louisiana does not have the Surrender Rule. If you bring your absentee ballot to surrender at the polling place on Election Day, they will still make you vote with a provisional ballot.

    4. Early voting information

    • October 20, 2020 – October 27, 2020. Early voting is available 14 days prior to Election Day until 7 days prior to Election Day. Check with local parishes about dates and hours.
      • The registrar shall remain open from 8:30AM-6:00PM Monday through Saturday. The registrar may designate alternate locations for early voting at a courthouse or nearby public building. The registrar may also designate a branch office to serve as an early voting location. For a complete list of locations and hours visit: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/earlyvoting
        • Polls open at 7 a.m. for SATURDAY elections and at 6 a.m. for TUESDAY elections. Polls close at 8 p.m. All voters in line at 8 p.m. have the right to vote.

          • A photo identification card with your photo and signature or a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture is required when voting. If you do not have a photo ID, you may obtain a free Louisiana special identification card by presenting your voter registration information card to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) or you may vote by affidavit after correctly answering identifying information before voting.
            • For complete information regarding early voting visit: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteEarly/Pages/default.aspx
              • For a list of contact information for election officials visit:https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/ContactUs/Pages/default.aspx


              5. Be a poll worker

              • Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
              • Poll workers must be 17 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or over) in their county

              Sign Up Here: 

              6. Additional Questions?


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