In Louisiana, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.
Vote Early In Person
All voters in Louisiana can vote in person before Election Day at designated early voting locations from October 23, 2012 to October 30, 2012.
Vote Early By Mail
You can also vote before Election Day by completing an absentee ballot and submitting it by mail, so long as you are a member of one of the following groups:
- the United States Armed Service or a spouse or dependent
- students, instructors, or professors in an institution of higher learning located outside of their parish of registration, and live outside of their parish, or spouses or dependents accompanying and residing therewith
- ministers, priests, rabbis, or other members of the clergy assigned to a religious post outside of their parish of registration, or spouses or dependents accompanying and residing therewith
- those who are or expect to be temporarily outside the territorial limits of the state or outside of their parish of registration during the early voting period and on election day
- those who have moved their residences to another parish more than 100 miles from the parish seat of their former residence after voter registration books closed
- those who are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside of their registration parish and who are not interdicted and not judicially declared incompetent
- those who are residing outside the United States
- those who expect to be hospitalized on election day and either were hospitalized or expect to be hospitalized during the early voting period, or did not learn that they would be hospitalized until after the early voting period expired, or were hospitalized and released but restricted to bed by their physician during the early voting period and on election day
- those who expect to be out of their precinct upon the waters of the state both during the early voting period and on election day because of their employment or occupation (e.g., working offshore)
- those who are approved for the Special Handicap Program and are living at home, not in a nursing home
- those who are incarcerated in an institution inside or outside their parish of registration and are not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
- those who are 65 years of age or older
- those who have a mobility impaired identification card issued by the office of motor vehicles (include a copy of mobility impaired ID card with your application)
If you are eligible to apply for absentee voting, complete the Absentee Ballot Application and return it to your parish's Registrar of Voters either by mail, fax, or in person. Your parish's Registrar of Voters must receive your Application by 4:30pm on the 4th day before election day.
Your parish's Registrar of Voters must receive your completed absentee ballot by 4:30pm on prior to Election Day.