If you registered to vote by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote. This rule does not apply if you are a military or overseas voter; a senior citizen or a disabled voter; a participant in the state's address confidentiality program; or student who included a copy of your student ID or tuition bill with your voter registration form; or if you visited your registrar of voters in-person after registering to vote.
Louisiana absentee ballot deadlines
- In Person:
- By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
- Voted ballots are due: 1 day before Election Day (most voters). Election Day (hospitalized voters).
Louisiana absentee ballot rulesYou may vote by absentee ballot in Louisiana if:
- you are a student or teacher located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
- you are 65 years of age or older;
- you are a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
- 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;
- 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 Election Day);
- 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;
- you expect to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have knowledge until after the time for early voting had expired; 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;
- you work or expect to be offshore working and expect to be out of your precinct of registration both during the early voting period and on Election Day because of your employment or occupation;
- you are incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not serving time for a felony conviction;
- you are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program;
- you will be sequestered on the day of Election Day; or
- you are the secretary of state, an employee of the secretary of state, or an employee of the registrar of voters.
Louisiana absentee ballot directions
- Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
Tracking your ballotYou can track your ballot directly with your state.
Once you receive your ballot...
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.