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Programs for voters with disabilities, senior citizens and nursing home residents

View the Programs for Voters with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and Nursing Home Residents for comprehensive information on voting programs for the physically disabled, senior citizens and residents of a nursing or veterans home.

Automatic Absentee Ballot Program for Voters with Disabilities

A voter who is physically disabled or who cannot appear in person to vote, either early or on election day because they are homebound, is eligible to apply for the Automatic Absentee Ballot Program. Proof of disability is required.  

Senior Citizen Program

Proof of Disability

To enroll in the program, a voter must apply by submitting a Disabled Application for Absentee by Mail Ballot and submit proof of disability to your parish registrar of voters. Proof of disability may include one of the following:        

  • a letter from a physician, optometrist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner certifying the disability;

  • a copy of a current mobility impaired identification card issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles; or

  • a copy of a 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.

If submitting proof of disability by mail, the voter must include a photo ID such as a La. driver’s license, La. Special ID or other photo ID, with the voter’s name and signature. If no photo ID is available, a letter listing the names and addresses of two persons residing in the precinct who could swear to the fact that the voter is physically disabled may be submitted.

The voter may choose whether to receive an absentee ballot only for one election or for all future elections. The application must be received by the registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before the election.

Automatic Absentee Ballot Program for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens (voters 65 years of age or older) may apply for the program by completing the General Application for Absentee by Mail Ballot and checking that they are a senior citizen. They have the option of choosing to receive an absentee ballot only for one election or for all future elections.

The deadline to submit this application is 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before the election.

Nursing Home Program

Voters may enroll in a special program to vote early if they reside at a nursing or veterans home, where the registrar of voters will visit their nursing home one week before early voting begins to allow them to vote early.

Voters who reside in nursing or veterans homes may apply for the program by completing the General Application for Absentee by Mail Ballot, checking that they are a resident of a nursing home and signing the application to certify that they are a resident of a nursing home.

The application must be received by the registrar of voters at least 30 days before the election.