More information on voter registration: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/RegisterToVote/Pages/default.aspx
If you are a Louisiana resident and have a valid Louisiana driver's license number or Louisiana special ID card, visit Geaux Vote Online to submit a new registration or to update or change your existing record.
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
If you are already registered to vote in Louisiana but you need to update information on your voter registration record, you can submit a change by completing a voter registration application and by checking "update voter registration." If you have moved inside of your parish, notify your parish registrar of voters of any changes to your registration. Inactive voters must verify their residential address prior to voting which may be done on election day at the precinct, in person at the registrar's office, online or by mail through a voter registration application.
More information on updating or changing your voter registration: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/RegisterToVote/FrequentlyAskedQuestions/Pages/default.aspx?OwnershipName=RegisterToVote&faqid=0
For online voter registration at GeauxVote, you will need your Louisiana driver's license or a Louisiana special ID card in hand when you begin the process. There is an audit code on the card that you must enter. The audit code is a four digit number labeled AUDIT on the front of the card.
Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application, completing it and mailing it to your local Registrar of Voters Office. If mailing in an application, the application or envelope must be postmarked 30 days prior to the first election in which you seek to vote.
The registrar of voters mails a verification mailing card to verify the address you have provided when registering by mail. If you do not receive a mailing from the registrar of voters within two week of registering, please contact their office.
If registering in person at a parish Registrar of Voters Office, you are required to prove age, residency and identity. You must submit your current Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special identification card, if you have one, or your social security card, birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age and residency.
If you do not have any of these, you may bring a copy of a current and valid photo identification, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or government document that includes your name and address.
Be prepared to show a photo identification card with your photo and signature or a United States military identification card that contains your name and photo when voting. If you do not have a photo ID, you may obtain a free Louisiana special identification card by presenting your voter registration information card to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles or you may vote by affidavit after correctly answering identifying information before voting.
More information on voting in Louisiana: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/Pages/default.aspx
If you do not have a photo ID, you may obtain a free Louisiana special identification card by presenting your voter registration information card to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles or you may vote by affidavit after correctly answering identifying information before voting.
Obtaining a Driver’s License or ID card
Review types of elections: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetElectionInformation/ReviewTypesOfElections/Pages/default.aspx
More election information: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetElectionInformation/Pages/default.aspx
Mandatory early voting periods for 2020 in Louisiana are:
Registered voters may submit a request for an absentee ballot electronically by logging in to the Louisiana Voter Portal and:
You must be logged in to the voter portal as the voter for whom the absentee ballot request is intended to electronically submit a request for an absentee ballot.
You can also print an application for absentee ballot for military and overseas citizens, complete it and mail, fax or email it to your parish registrar of voters.
Military and overseas citizen's requests for absentee ballots must be received by the parish registrar of voters no later than 4:30 p.m. CST one day prior to the scheduled election date.
If you elect to receive your ballot electronically, you will be required to submit your email address. Louisiana's law provides for the protection from disclosure of your electronic mail address, along with your social security number, driver's license number, day and month of date of birth and mother's maiden name.
Should any problems or questions arise, the principal office of the registrar of voters in each parish will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday elections and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday elections.
More information on voting on election day: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteOnElectionDay/Pages/default.aspx
Visibly disabled voters and persons assisting them shall go to the front of the line at their polling place.
A voter is entitled to receive assistance while voting if they are unable to read or unable to vote without assistance due to physical disability, including being visually impaired. A voter may choose to use the audio ballot instead of receiving assistance. Information on audio voting keypad: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetFormsAndFeeSchedule/ReviewVotingBrochures/Pages/default.aspx
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 poll worker on election day. Documentation may include:
Persons prohibited from assisting voters are as follows:
More information on the Disability Program: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/DisabledElderlyCitizens.aspx
More information on polling place accessibility and systems: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteOnElectionDay/Pages/default.aspx
This system is used in Louisiana for all offices - state, parish, municipal and congressional - but is not used for the presidential preference primary.
More information on elections: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetElectionInformation/ReviewTypesOfElections/Pages/default.aspx
Learn how candidates are elected in Louisiana: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetElectionInformation/HowAreCandidatesElected/Pages/default.aspx
The Secretary of State's Elections Division is responsible for:
Additionally, the governor issues and the secretary of state countersigns the official commission that entitles elected or appointed officials to hold office. The secretary of state publishes the Louisiana Roster of Officials, the Louisiana Election Code with all of Louisiana's elections statutes, and the Election Returns Books that contain precinct-by-precinct returns for all presidential and gubernatorial elections.
More information on the specific duties of election officials: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/PublishedDocuments/ElectionOfficialsDuties.pdf
More information on the history of elections in Louisiana: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/ReviewAdministrationAndHistory/Pages/default.aspx
Louisiana Voters' Bill of Rights and Voting Information: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/PublishedDocuments/BillOfRights.pdf
To report fraud in an election, contact the Elections Compliance Unit (ECU) toll free at 800.722.5305, the Election's 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
To report fraud in a federal election, contact the nearest office of the FBI or your local U.S. Attorney's office. Additionally, you may contact the ECU toll free at 800.722.5305 or the Election's Division toll free at 800.883.2805.
To report a federal violation under The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits racial or language minority discrimination in voting, contact: Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Room 7754 - NWB, Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20530, toll free 800.253.3931 or 202.307.2767.
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 file a notarized written complaint under the Help America Vote Act, contact: Election's Division toll free at 800.883.2805.
Campaign Finance Reports are held in the Louisiana State Archival Collection at the Erbon and Marie Wise Genealogical Library and require at least 24 hours notice to pull reports for review. Materials must be pulled before 3 p.m. on weekdays for use in the Research Library and cannot be viewed on weekends.
More information on the Erbon and Marie Wise Genealogical Research Library: https://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/ResearchHistoricalRecords/VisitTheResearchLibrary/Pages/default.aspx
Contact information for the Louisiana State Archives and the Research Library: https://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/ContactUs/Pages/default.aspx
Contact the Governor's Office: https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/form/home/4
Contact your U.S. Representative: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/LA#representatives
Contact a State Senator: http://senate.legis.state.la.us/senators/
Contact a State Representative: http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_FullInfo.aspx
More information on elected officials: https://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/FindPublicOfficials/Pages/default.aspx
(Adapted from The Librarian’s Reference Guide to Voter Registration, Voting & Elections by Rachel Dobkin)
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