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Vote by Mail

You may request an absentee ballot by logging in to the Louisiana Voter Portal and following these steps:

  1. Click the 'By Voter' button.
  2. Type in your First Name, Last Name, and Zip Code or Birth Month and Year and then click the 'Submit' button;
  3. Click the "Voting Information" tab;
  4. Click the 'Online Absentee Request' link found in the first sentence of Frequently Asked Questions; and
  5. Complete requested information and submit.

Note: You must be logged in to the Voter Portal as the voter for whom the request is intended to electronically submit a request for an absentee ballot.

You may also print an application to vote by mail which you complete and mail to your parish registrar of voters. View upcoming election dates.

Qualifications

In Louisiana, you must have a reason to be eligible to vote by mail, unless you are a military or overseas voter. There are specific reasons that qualify you to vote by mail.

If you are 65 years of age or older or are disabled, you may enroll in the Senior Citizen or Disability Program through your parish registrar of voters. Once accepted, you will automatically receive a ballot by mail for all elections. Proof of disability will be required which includes a copy of a mobility impaired identification card issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles, a copy of 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, or a physician’s letter certifying your disability. If you are a new registrant that is disabled and homebound, you must submit a physician's letter to exempt you from law that requires that you either register or vote for the first time in person. 

If you reside in a nursing or veterans home you also qualify to enroll in this program with the exception that you will not be mailed a ballot. A physician's letter is required that indicates that by reason of your disability you are unable to appear in person to vote either during early voting or at the polling place on Election Day. The registrar or a deputy registrar will go to your nursing or veterans home during a period of a week prior to the beginning of early voting through the last day of early voting. The registrar will bring either a paper ballot or a portable voting machine and guide you through the process of casting your vote.

Any voter enrolling in the Senior Citizen or Disability Program must also enclose a copy of a photo ID (Louisiana driver’s license, Louisiana special ID card or other photo ID with name and signature) or a letter of oath where you have listed the names and addresses of two persons residing in your precinct who could make oath, if required, to the fact that you are physically disabled.

Additionally, you qualify to receive a ballot by mail for either the primary election and/or the general election if:

  • you are a student, instructor, or professor located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof;
  • 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 (view early voting dates);
  • 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 an election);
  • 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; or 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 (view early voting dates);
  • you expect to be out of your precinct of registration and upon the waters of the state both during the early voting period and on Election Day because of your employment or occupation (view early voting dates);
  • you are incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony;
  • you are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program; or
  • you will be sequestered on the day of the election.

Timeline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail

You must request your ballot:

  • any time before 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day if you are military personnel or thier dependents;
  • any time before 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day if you are a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.;
  • by 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day if you are hospitalized; or
  • any time before 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day for all other circumstances.

Deadlines for Returning Your Voted Ballots

Your ballot must be received by your parish registrar of voters:

  • by 8 p.m. on Election Day for military personnel and their dependents;  
  • by 8 p.m. on Election Day for citizens residing outside the U.S.;
  • by 8 p.m. on Election Day if you are hospitalized; or
  • by 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day for all others.

You can track the status of your absentee by mail ballot. See R.S. 18:1303 and R.S. 18:1307 for more information.