2016 Election Info

2016 Election Info


Step 1: Get Registered

You must register to vote by Tuesday, October 11, in order to vote in the Presidential Election and Congressional Primary Election.

Online: You can register online if you have a valid Louisiana driver’s license number or Louisiana special ID card and a residence address in Louisiana. Click here to register online.

Important! If you’re 17 years old but will turn 18 by election day, you can register to vote in this election!

Step 2: Bring your ID

If you vote in person, during the early voting period or on Election Day, you will be asked to present a photo ID with your signature. Accepted forms of ID are:

  • Louisiana driver’s license
  • Louisiana special ID card
  • Other generally recognized picture identification card that contains your name and signature

Important! If you do not have a photo ID, you CAN still vote by completing an identification affidavit. However, a voter without photo ID is subject to challenge by law.

Step 3: Vote

You can choose how you want to vote! Early Vote, Election Day or Vote By Mail. The following dates and deadlines apply to the Presidential Election and Congressional Primary Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.


In Louisiana, any registered voter can vote during the early voting period, which begins on Tuesday, October 25 and continues through Tuesday, November 1. There is no early voting on Sunday, October 30.

Early voting is open at each parish’s registrar of voters from 8:30AM to 6:00PM.


Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. The polls will open at 6:00AM and close at 8:00PM.

Important! If you are in line at 8:00PM, you will be permitted to vote.

You can find your polling place online by logging into the Voter Portal.


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

For information on military and overseas voting, visit www.votefromabroad.org.

If you are a senior that is 65 years of age or older, a resident of a nursing or veterans’ home or a person with physical disabilities, you can enroll in the Senior Citizen or Disability Program and automatically receive a ballot by mail for all elections. Click here to learn more about voting rights for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

Other registered voters can receive an absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:

  • You are a student, instructor or professor living outside of your parish of registration or a spouse/dependent of a student or professor
  • You are a member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration or a spouse/dependent of a clergy member
  • You are or expect to be temporarily out of the state or absent from your parish of registration during the early voting period and on Election Day
  • You expect to be out of your precinct of registration and offshore upon the waters of the state both during the early voting period and on Election Day because of your employment or occupation
  • You are incarcerated in an institution and you are not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony (you must attach a certification from the sheriff)
  • You are a Department of State Address Confidentiality Program participant
  • You will be sequestered on the day of the election (you must attach a certified copy of the court order of sequestration)

Important! Unless you are a military or overseas voter, you have until Friday, November 4 to request a mail-in ballot. Overseas or military voters have until 8:00PM on Election Day to return their mail-in ballots.

Important! You can track the status of your mail-in ballot online, by logging into the Voter Portal.