Welcome Louisiana voters! Below you will find your upcoming election dates, voter registration deadlines, state requirements for Voter ID, as well as information on online voter registration, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, early voting, and minor pre-registration.


Primary Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Party Primaries
Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
November 6 October 9 (received) October 16 October 9 No


General Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
December 8 November 7 (received) November 17 November 7 No


Online Voter Registration

Yes, Louisiana has Online Voter Registration. Need Louisiana drivers’ license or a special ID card. You can register online here.

Voter ID

Strict = if no identification, voter must take additional measures after Election Day to have ballot counted

Non-strict = if no identification, voter still has option to cast ballot that may be counted without additional measures by voter

Louisiana has non-strict photo ID requirements. Here are the approved forms of ID in the state of Louisiana:

  • Driver’s license;
  • Louisiana Special ID
  • Other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature


Louisiana does not have “no-excuse” vote-by-mail.

Early Voting

Louisiana has in-person early voting. Early voting begins 14 days before Election Day (if one or more state holiday falls within an early voting period, the first day for early voting will begin 15 days prior to Election Day) and ends 7 days before Election Day. Early voting is located at parish Registrar of Voters Office or at designated locations in the parish. More information early voting is available here.

Automatic Voter Registration (Motor Voter)

Louisiana has no Automatic Voter Registration.

Minor Pre-Registration

Louisiana allows voters to pre-register at the age of 16.

Links to State-by-State Charts

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Online Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Vote By Mail

Early Voting

Voter ID

Content Updated Summer 2018


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