Voting on Election Day

On Saturday elections, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Tuesday elections, the polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Your responsibilities as an election day voter are:

  • to be prepared to provide photo identification (Louisiana driver's license, Louisiana special identification card, or other generally recognized picture identification card that contains you name and signature) or complete a Voter Identification Affidavit if no photo identification is available. To obtain a free Louisiana special identification card, present your voter information card to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles;
  • to notify your parish registrar of voters of any changes to your registration (failure to update your residential address may result in an inactive registration status and cancellation after 2 federal general elections);
  • to restore your voting rights after being convicted on felony charges by presenting proof of completion of sentence to your parish registrar of voters in person (disabled or homebound may submit by mail, fax or commercial carrier);
  • to not bring or wear any campaign literature to the polls;
  • to be aware of the hours of voting;
  • to review the posted ballot, review your sample ballot online at the Louisiana Voter Portal or download the GeauxVote app for any smartphone or tablet for the latest voting information in order to timely cast your ballot;
  • cast your vote within the three minute time limit or if receiving assistance or using the audio voting keypad, within 20 minutes; and
  • promptly leave the polling place after voting.
You have the right to:
  • a 600 foot campaign-free zone free from solicitation, intimidation, harassment, confusion, obstruction and undue influence, use of violence, force or threats or action that impedes your entrance or exit to the polling place;
  • vote privately and independently in an area that is free from any campaign materials;
  • vote in a polling place that meets accessibility standards for individuals with disabilities;
  • go to the front of the line, along with the person who will be assisting you to vote if you have a visible physical disability or have in your possession a current mobility-impaired photo ID card bearing the international symbol of accessibility issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles;
  • use a braille booklet describing the use of the audio ballot or use a page magnifier that will magnify the face of the voting machine (inform the commissioner if these items can be of use to you); and
  • receive assistance in casting your ballot or use the audio ballot if you are unable to read or unable to vote without assistance due to a physical disability, including visual impairment (voters entitled to assistance or using the audio voting keypad in voting are allowed up to 20 minutes to cast their ballots).
An inactive status means that your registration address has not been verified through the annual canvass of the voter rolls or election mail sent to your registration address has been returned as undeliverable by the postal service to the registrar of voters.

To return to active status, you must verify your residential address prior to voting, which may be done when you vote on Election Day. You may also do this in person at the Registrar of Voters Officeonline or by mail through a voter registration application. If you verify your address before Election Day, you must do so at least 30 days before an election for your status to be updated for that election.
No, to restore your voting rights after a felony conviction, you must present proof of completion of sentence to your local registrar of voters in person. If you are disabled and homebound, proof of completion of sentence may be submitted by mail, fax or commercial carrier.
If you are entitled to receive assistance in voting, you may receive assistance of any person of your choice, including a commissioner, except:
  • a candidate in the election;
  • a commissioner-in-charge;
  • an employer or employer's agent;
  • a union agent; and
  • staff of state-operated facilities for disabled persons (by rule, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) prohibits staff from assisting residents of state-operated facilities for mentally disabled/developmentally disabled persons).
The person or commissioner assisting you shall sign the precinct register prior to entering the voting machine with you. No person assisting you shall reveal the name of any person for whom you voted for, any proposition upon which the person voted or anything which took place while the voter was being assisted.

Prior to receiving assistance due to a disability, including visual impairment, you are required to file with the registrar, OR present to the commissioner-in-charge at the polling place on Election Day a statement setting forth the necessity and reasons for the assistance and furnish proof by one of the following documents:
  • a certificate of a medical doctor or optometrist certifying to the irremediable nature of the physical disability as proof of disability;
  • a current or copy of a current mobility-impaired photo identification card issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles; or
  • a copy of current documentation showing eligibility for social security disability benefits, veteran's disability benefits, paratransit services, benefits from the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities or benefits from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.
If filing proof of disability with the registrar of voters by mail, the voter is required to include a copy of his or her Louisiana driver's license, Louisiana special identification card, or other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the name and signature of the voter. The registrar will then indicate that the voter is entitled to assistance on the precinct register and the voter will not be required to present evidence at the polls in any future elections.

Please note, if you request assistance because you are unable to read or write then assistance must be given to you regardless of documentation.

Each voter is required to identify himself or herself by giving his or her name and address to a commissioner; and by presenting a Louisiana driver's license, a Louisiana special identification card or other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the name and signature of the applicant or by completing a Voter Identification Affidavit if no photo identification is available. A voter without photo ID may vote by completing the affidavit but is subject to challenge by law.

You may obtain a free Louisiana special identification card by presenting your voter information card to the Office of Motor Vehicles.  

Use the Louisiana Voter Portal to find where you vote on Election Day; download the free GeauxVote app to your smartphone or tablet to view your polling place for Election Day; visit GeauxVote; call your parish Registrar of Voters Office; or view your polling location on your voter information card received by mail from your registrar of voters.

Polling places change due to being unavailable or due to an emergency. Please check to make sure you go to the correct polling place on Election Day. 
Use the Louisiana Voter Portal to sign up for election email or text reminders.
Louisiana uses the AVC Advantage voting machine on Election Day. The voting machine is a direct recording electronic machine with a full faced ballot. All elections are open to all eligible voters in Louisiana, except for the Presidential Preference Primary and the state and local party elections (Democratic and Republican State Central Committees and Parish Executive Committees).

Only one person is allowed to enter a voting machine at a time, unless entitled to assistance or allowing a preteen child or younger to accompany a parent or legal guardian.  In order to cast a vote you must make at least one selection for either a candidate or vote on a proposition election. You are allowed by law three minutes to cast your vote, or twenty minutes if entitled to assistance or using the audio voting keypad.

Select a candidate of your choice or select YES or NO for a proposition by pressing the box to the right of the candidate's name or next to the YES or NO. A green x will appear to the left of the box indicating your selection and the green header light for the office or proposition will turn off. To change your selection, press the box again. The green x will disappear, the green header light for the candidate or proposition will light back up and you may make a new selection.

Step out and notify a commissioner if you have any problem in voting before you press the CAST VOTE button located in the lower right hand corner. Once you have pressed CAST VOTE, part the curtains with your hands and exit the voting booth.  After you press the CAST VOTE button and exit the voting machine, you may not re-enter. Your vote(s) are electronically recorded and you will hear an audible bell sound and the lights will turn off. 
A machine at each precinct provides an audio ballot. If you choose to use the audio ballot, inform the commissioners.

If you do not leave the voting machine promptly after a commissioner has notified you that your 20 minutes has elapsed, the commissioner is required by law to have you removed so that other voters may vote. After voting, you are required to promptly leave the polling place.
If a precinct has only one voting machine and it fails on Election Day, you may vote on a paper ballot until the voting machine is repaired or replaced under Louisiana's emergency Election Day paper ballot procedure.

You will be allowed to cast your vote(s) on a paper ballot and you will receive instructions on how to properly seal your ballot. If you have any questions about your ballot or how to proceed ask a commissioner for help.

If you make a mistake or spoil your ballot, seal the spoiled ballot in the envelope provided, write "spoiled" and ask a commissioner for a new ballot.

The paper ballots cast at the polling place shall be counted by the parish board of election supervisors on election night.
No, Louisiana does not allow write-in candidates.
Louisiana state law prohibits:
  • giving or offering to give, directly or indirectly, money or anything of present or prospective value to influence a vote;
  • intimidating, deceiving or misinforming, directly or indirectly, any voter or prospective voter in matters concerning voting or nonvoting;
  • voting or attempting to vote more than once at an election;
  • offering money or anything of apparent present or prospective value or use, directly or indirectly, or engage in any form of intimidation to influence the action or encourage inaction of any election official with regard to the duties of his or her office;
  • disobeying any lawful instruction of the commissioners or a law enforcement officer assisting at the polling place or without lawful authority, obstructing, hindering or delaying any voter on his way to or while returning home from a polling place where an election is held or impede a voter from entering or exiting a polling place;
  • voting or attempting to vote, knowing that you are not qualified, or influencing or attempting to influence another to vote, knowing such voter to be unqualified or the vote to be fraudulent;
  • voting or attempting to vote in the name of another or in an assumed or fictitious name, or in any manner other than as provided by the Louisiana Election Code;
  • supplying a false answer or statement to an election official or on any document required by the Louisiana Election Code, or executing an affidavit knowing it to contain false or incorrect information;
  • forging the name of another, or using a fictitious name on an affidavit or document required by the Louisiana Election Code;
  • unlawfully, directly or indirectly, possessing, tampering with, breaking, impairing, impeding or otherwise interfering with the maintenance, adjustment, delivery, use or operation of any voting machine or with any paraphernalia connected with or appertaining to the machine;
  • voters, election officials, watchers (Election Day only), or persons assisting a voter to allow a ballot to be seen, (except as provided by law), announce the manner in which a person has cast a ballot, place a distinguishing mark on a ballot with intent to make the ballot identifiable or make a false statement concerning a voter's ability to mark a ballot without assistance;
  • coercing, compelling or otherwise influencing an assisted voter to cast a vote in a certain way or fail to mark the ballot or vote in the manner dictated by the voter by the person providing assistance;
  • signing another voter's name in the precinct register;
  • attempting to influence an election official or watcher (Election Day only) in the performance of his or her duties;
  • appearing in an intoxicated condition or possessing any beverage of alcoholic content;
  • voting at the polls on Election Day if you have voted early or submitted your absentee by mail ballot;
  • voting if you have moved more than three months ago to an address outside of the parish or if registered to vote in another parish or state;
  • remaining within any early voting location or polling place or within a radius of 600 feet of the entrance of any polling place, except when exercising the right to vote, after having been directed by a commissioner or law enforcement officer to leave the premises or area of an early voting location or polling place;
  • placing or displaying political signs, pictures, or other forms of political advertising and/or handing out, placing or displaying campaign cards, pictures or other campaign literature of any kind or description whatsoever, unless on private property which is not being used as an early voting location or polling place;
  • carrying or possessing a firearm, except a peace officer in the performance of his or her duties; and
  • accepting directly, or indirectly anything of economic value, including reimbursement of costs, for the purpose of transporting a voter to an early voting location or polling place, or for driving or being in charge of any motor vehicle being used for such purpose (bus, taxi or licensed transportation are exempt).
View the Louisiana Election Code, Title 18 of Louisiana's revised statutes.
Federal law prohibits:
  • knowingly and willfully intimidating, threatening, coercing or attempting to intimidate, threaten or coerce any person for voting or urging or aiding any person to vote or attempting to vote in any election for federal office;
  • knowingly and willfully depriving, defrauding, or attempting to deprive or defraud the residents of Louisiana of a fair and impartially conducted election process by the procurement, casting or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious or fraudulent under the laws of the state of Louisiana in any election for federal office; and
  • conspiring to injure, oppress, threaten or intimidate any person in the free exercise or enjoyment of the right to vote or because of his or her having so exercised the right to vote.
Yes, a law enforcement officer may be summoned by the commissioners to assist them in preserving order, enforcing the election laws, or protecting election officials from interference with the performance of their duties.

In addition, law enforcement officers may be stationed at polling places if in the regular course and scope of their duties entails providing security for the public building in which the polling place is located and for the personnel working in such building.
No, except for a peace officer as defined by La R.S. 40:2402(3)(a) in the performance of their official duties.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, prohibits racial or language minority discrimination in voting. To make a discrimination complaint under the Federal Voting Rights Act, contact:

Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division
Room 7254-NWB
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20530

toll-free 800.253.3931

To make a complaint under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, contact:

Voting Rights Division, Department of Justice toll-free 800.514.0301 (option 7)
To report voting fraud, contact the Elections Division toll-free at 800.883.2805 or contact the nearest office of the FBI or your local U.S. Attorney's office.

To file a written notarized complaint with the elections division of the Louisiana Department of State, contact:

Commissioner of Elections
Department of State
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125