Last updated on October 10, 2018


If you registered to vote by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote. Exceptions to the first-time rule are: students who submit a copy of student ID or fee bill with the request; citizens who appear in the registrar of voters office before Election Day to verify their identity; military or overseas citizens; persons in the Senior Citizen or Disability Program; and participants in the state's address confidentiality program.

Louisiana absentee ballot deadlines

Louisiana absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot in Louisiana if:

Louisiana absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

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