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A political party shall be recognized if any one candidate of the political party for presidential elector received at least five percent of the votes cast in this state for presidential electors in the last presidential election, or if any one candidate of the political party for any statewide office received at least five percent of the votes cast for the statewide office in any primary or general election.

A political party recognized in this manner will cease to be recognized if no registered member of the party qualifies as a candidate in a primary election for any period of four consecutive years.

A political party may also be recognized in Louisiana 90 days prior to the opening of the qualifying period for any election if:

  • there are at least 1,000 registered voters in the state registered as being affiliated with such party;
  • the political party has filed a notarized political party registration statement with the secretary of state; and
  • the political party has paid a registration fee of $1,000 to the secretary of state.

See R.S.18:441 and Political Parties in Louisiana for more information.