How to vote in Louisiana

Updated Sep. 16, 2020

Where do you live?

Select a state

Are you registered to vote?

How do you plan to vote?

Oct. 13Last day to register

Oct. 30Last day to request a ballot

Sept. 19First day ballots are sent

Oct. 16First day to vote in person

Read more about how to register and vote in person this election.

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Register to vote

If you’re unsure if you’re registered to vote, check your status first. The deadline to register was Oct. 5 postmarked by mail or in person and Oct. 13 online.

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Casting a ballot in person

In Louisiana, early voting is offered from Oct. 16 to Oct. 27, but is unavailable on Sunday. And you can always vote on Election Day, Nov. 3. Be sure to check your voting location ahead of time.

Louisiana requires you to show photo identification to cast a ballot in person. If you don’t have one, or forget to bring it, you may need to cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted once your eligibility is verified, or take other steps to confirm your identity. Ask a pollworker if you need to follow up.

Wearing a mask to vote in person is recommended.

If you received a ballot in the mail but decide you want to vote in person, you can — but you may be required to take an additional action, such as surrendering your ballot, signing an affidavit or casting a provisional ballot. Contact your local election officials for details.

About this story

Editing by Reuben Fischer-Baum and Ann Gerhart. Copy editing by Briana R. Ellison and Brian Cleveland. Additional development by Lucio Villa. Illustrations by Abbey Lossing. Susan Berger, Mark Kreidler, Alan Neuhauser and Annette Nevins contributed to this report.

Voting information for this project was collected from official sources, including secretaries of state, county clerks and written election codes. In some cases, The Post used news reports, court opinions and published research from sources such as the National Conference of State Legislatures to check or verify details.

Illustrations in this piece should not be used as a precise guide for how to mark your ballot.

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