Early Voting, In Person

You do not need a reason to vote early! All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on Election Day. Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at designated locations in the parish from 14 days to seven days prior to any scheduled election. Refer to the schedule below for early voting time periods for upcoming elections and refer to the schedule of elections for future time periods.

For a complete list of the locations of parish Registrar of Voters Offices and designated early voting locations, please refer to early voting locations.

The registrars of voters will open their offices from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for each day of early voting. When you go to cast your vote early, you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a driver's license, a Louisiana special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that has your name and signature. You may wish to contact your local registrar of voters office for specific locations, dates and times.

See La. R.S. 18:1303 for more information about voting early.

2017 Spring Municipal Elections: March 25, 2017 Primary and April 29, 2017 General

March 11-18, 2017 is the early voting period for the March 25, 2017 primary (except Sunday and holidays).

April 15, 2017 through April 22, 2017 is the early voting period for the April 29, 2017 general (except Sunday and holidays).

Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early voting takes place at the Registrar of Voters Office in each parish and at designated locations in certain parishes.

2017 Fall Municipal Parochial Elections: Oct. 14, 2017 Primary and Nov. 18, 2016 General

Sept. 30, 2017 through Oct. 7, 2017 is the early voting period for the Oct. 14, 2017 primary (except Sunday and holidays).

Nov. 3, 2017 through Nov. 11, 2017 is the early voting period for the Nov. 18, 2017 general (except Sunday and holidays).

Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early voting takes place at the Registrar of Voters Office in each parish and at designated locations in certain parishes.

Assistance to Voters

A visibly disabled voter and the person assisting him or her in voting shall go to the front of the line when voting early at the Registrar of Voters Office or at designated locations for early voting.

A voter is entitled to receive assistance while voting if he or she is unable to read or unable to vote without assistance because of a physical disability, including being visually impaired.  A voter may choose to use the audio ballot instead of receiving assistance.

A voter must either file a statement with the registrar in person or by mail if they need assistance in voting or provide certain documentation to the registrar or commissioner.

A voter may receive assistance by providing a physician's certificate certifying to the disability, or a copy of a current mobility impaired ID card issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles, or a copy of current documentation showing eligibility for disability benefits from either social security, veterans, paratransit services, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities or benefits from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.

Persons prohibited from assisting voters are as follows:

  • candidate in the election cannot assist a voter;
  • employer or employer's agent cannot assist an employee;
  • union agent cannot assist a union member; and
  • staff for a state residential facility cannot assist residents of their facility in voting.

Requirements of a Person Assisting a Voter

A voter who is entitled to assistance in voting may receive the assistance of any person of his or her choice including the registrar, a deputy registrar or an early voting commissioner, except those prohibited. 

Before a voter receives assistance during early voting, the registrar, deputy registrar or early voting commissioner must print the voter's name and the assistant's name (including a registrar, a deputy registrar or an early voting commissioner providing assistance) behind the tab for assistance to voters in the back of the precinct register. Then the assistant (including a registrar, a deputy registrar or an early voting commissioner providing assistance) must sign his name next to his printed name before being allowed to assist the voter.

In the event that a paper ballot must be used during early voting, the person assisting the voter to vote a paper ballot must explain to the voter that a signature or mark made by the voter constitutes certification that all statements in the certificate are true and correct and that any person who knowingly provides false or incorrect statements is subject to a fine or imprisonment, or both.

The person assisting the voter to vote a paper ballot must sign the acknowledgment on the paper ballot envelope flap, verifying that the person providing the assistance has marked the ballot in the manner dictated by the voter.

If a voter is assigned to a polling place that is not accessible, the voter may cast his or her vote at the nearest polling place with the same ballot, or at the Registrar of Voters Office.

AVC Edge Voting Systems for Early Voting

As of the fall of 2006, all Louisiana's voters began using the AVC Edge voting systems for early voting in person. Early voting in person is done the week before an election and isAVC Edge Voting System conducted in every Registrar of Voters Office. On this touchscreen system, the voter will scroll through their entire ballot to vote.

The voting systems are small and easy to operate. The ballot is easy to read. The AVC Edge voting systems are wheelchair accessible and every voting system is capable of having an audio voting keypad for voters with disabilities. The election results are easily printed and are stored on a cartridge which is delivered to the clerk of court after the polls are closed on Election Day.

View a demonstration of the AVC Edge voting system.

AVC Audio Voting Keypad

As of the Fall of 2006, all of Louisiana's voters have had access to using the AVC Audio Voting Keypad on either the AVC Advantage voting system or the AVC Edge voting system. The AVC Audio Voting Keypad will make both of these voting systems accessible AVC Audio Voting Keypadto individuals who are visually impaired, physically disabled, struggle with the written word, unable to read the written word, or unable to read English.

There are no requirements for a voter to use the AVC Audio Voting Keypad.