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Voters Guide

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General Election: November 6, 2012

Event

Date

Last day to register in person

October 9,2012

Early Voting Begins

October 23,2012

Early Voting Ends

October 30,2012

Deadline to Request a Mail Ballot from Registrar (other than Military and Overseas)

November 2,2012

Deadline for Registrar to Receive Voted Mail Ballot (other than Military and Overseas)

November 5,2012

UOCAVA citizens - Request absentee ballot by

November 5,2012

UOCAVA citizens - Return ballot by

November 6,2012

 ** (UOCAVA) = Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act 

 

Louisiana Secretary of State Website

 

Interactive US Census Map: FLASH

http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/embedstate.html?state=LA

 

Election Office

Address

Phone

ACADIA PARISH

500 North Parkerson, Courthouse, Room 115,Crowley, LA 70526-4363

337-788-8841

EVANGELINE PARISH

200 Court Street, Suite 102,Ville Platte, LA 70586-4463

337-363-5538

IBERIA PARISH

300 Iberia Street, Suite 110,New Iberia, LA 70560-4543

337-369-4407

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH

300 State Street, Room 107,Jennings, LA 70546-5361

337-824-0834

LAFAYETTE PARISH

1010 Lafayette Street, Suite 313,Lafayette, LA 70501-6885

337-291-7140

ST. LANDRY PARISH

118 South Court Street, Suite 114,Post Office Box 818,Opelousas, LA 70571-0818

337-948-0572

ST. MARTIN PARISH

415 South Main Street, Courthouse,Saint Martinville, LA 70582-4549

337-394-2204

ST. MARY PARISH

500 Main Street,Courthouse, Room 301,Franklin, LA 70538-6144

337-828-4100 ext. 360

VERMILION PARISH

100 North State Street, Suite 120,Abbeville, LA 70510

337-898-4324

 

 

Get Voter Registration Form:

Once you are registered in your parish, you will remain registered unless you move from this parish, lose your civil rights, or register to vote in another state. Voter registration is not transferable. You must register every time you move to a new parish in Louisiana,or to another state. You must have a valid Louisiana driver's license number or Louisiana special ID card and a residence address in Louisiana to register or make changes to your existing registration online. The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is thirty days before the election. .

Click here to register to vote

Resources for Candidates Running For Office:

Learn how to become a candidate for local, state or federal office, including what forms you need to file for ballot access. The forms to be used for monthly reporting, including the reports are available for download. For the candidate forms, and political action committee forms,

Voter Eligibility

To qualify to register you must:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be at least 17 years old but must be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
  • Not be under a judgement of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights
  • Reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register

When To Re-register

  • Once you are registered in your parish, you will remain registered unless you::
  • Move from this parish
  • Change your Name
  • Wish to affiliate with a different party
  • Lose your civil rights,or
  • Register to vote in another state.

Register In Person

  • Louisiana statutes require you to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election.
  • Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters office

You can also register to vote at the following agencies at least 30 days before an election:

  • Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicle offices
  • Louisiana Department of Social Services offices and WIC offices, Food Stamp offices, and Medicaid offices
  • Offices serving persons with disabilities, such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living offices
  • Armed Forces Recruitment offices

Absentee Voting By Mail

  • Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application form, completing it and returning it to your local Registrar of Voters office. Please note that the list of Registrar Offices is included on the form.

Online Voter Registration

  • Registering to vote or changing your registration is easy using this online application. For security reasons this application will time out if you remain idle for more than five minutes. All data will be cleared and you will have to start the application over from the beginning.

How can I obtain an absentee ballot?

  • To request absentee ballots by mail, complete and return a Request for Absentee Ballot by Mail PDF form indicating the reason you are not able to vote in person, either during early voting or on election day. Return the form to your parish Registrar of Voters

Overseas and Military Voters

  • The Louisiana Legislature passed HB 1200 (R.S. 2010), Act 624 to implement the MOVE Act for Louisiana's military and overseas voters

Timeline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail:

  • Military Personnel: Anytime before 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day
  • U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S.: Anytime before 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day
  • Hospitalization: By 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day
  • All others: 60 days prior to the election through 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before Election Day

Deadlines for returning your Absentee ballots:

  • Military Personnel: By 8 p.m. on Election Day
  • U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S.: By 8 p.m. on Election Day
  • Hospitalization: By 8 p.m. on Election Day
  • All others: By 4:30 p.m. on the day before Election Day

Who Can Vote Absentee Ballot?

  • SENIOR CITIZEN: You are 65 years of age or older;
  • DISABLED/HOMEBOUND/NURSING OR VETERANS' HOME;
  • HIGHER EDUCATION: You are a student, instructor, or professor located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof. If a student and voting for the 1st time, you must include a copy of your student ID.
  • CLERGY: You are a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof.
  • TEMPORARILY ABSENT: You are or expect to be temporarily outside the territorial limits of the state or absent from your parish of registration during the early voting period and on election day;
  • MOVED OUT OF PARISH: You moved your residence to another parish more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your former residence after the voter registration books closed. The books close 30 days prior to an election.
  • INVOLUNTARY CONFINEMENT: You are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration and you are not interdicted and not judicially declared incompetent.
  • HOSPITALIZED: You expect to be hospitalized on election day and you did not have knowledge until after the time for early voting had expired; or you were hospitalized during the time for early voting and you expect to be hospitalized on election day; or you were either hospitalized or restricted to bed by your physician during early voting and on election day.
  • OFFSHORE: You expect to be out of your precinct of registration and upon the waters of the state both during the early voting period and on election day because of your employment or occupation.
  • INCARCERATED: You are incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony. You must attach a certification of the sheriff.
  • ACP: You are a program participant in the Department of State Address Confidentiality Program.
  • JUROR: You will be sequestered on the day of the election. You must attach a certified copy of the court order of sequestration.

Early Voting

Early Voting In Person

  • Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters office or at designated locations in the parish from 14 days to seven days prior to any scheduled election.
  • The registrars of voters will open their offices from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for each day of early voting. When you go to cast your vote early, you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that has your name and signature. You may wish to contact your local Registrar of Voters office for specific locations, dates and times.

2012 Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary: March 24, 2012 Primary; April 21, 2012 General:

  • Mar. 10-17, 2012 is the early voting period for the Mar. 24, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary (except Sunday).
  • Apr. 7-14, 2012 is the early voting period for the Apr. 21, 2012 General Municipal (except Sunday).
  • Early voting hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2012 Open Primary/Congressional/Presidential: November 6, 2012 Primary; December 1, 2012 General:

  • Early voting hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 23-30, 2012 is the early voting period for the Nov. 6, 2012 Open Primary/Congressional/Presidential (except Sunday).
  • Nov. 17-24, 2012 is the early voting period for the Dec. 1, 2012 Open General/Congressional (except Sunday, Thanksgiving Day-Nov. 22 and Acadian Day-Nov. 23).

What Identification Do I Need?

In order to vote in Louisana, you need valid voter I.D.

  • A REMINDER TO VOTERS --- TAKE PICTURE ID TO POLLS

When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following:

  • a driver's license,
  • a Louisiana Special ID, or
  • some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.

Voters who have no picture ID may bring:

  • a utility bill, payroll check or government document that includes their name and address but they will have to sign an affidavit furnished by the Elections Division in order to vote.
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