A guide to voting in Louisiana’s Oct. 14 primary

Published 5:47 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Early voting ended on Oct. 10, and the election day for the Gubernatorial Primary is rapidly approaching. Here’s everything you need to know about voting in the upcoming election.

Voting Hours and Location

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Make sure you allocate enough time to cast your vote within this window.

To determine your designated polling place, you have two options:

  1. Utilize the Louisiana Voter Portal for quick access to polling locations.
  2. Contact your parish’s Registrar of Voters Office for assistance.

Additionally, your voter information card, received by mail, contains crucial details about your polling place. It’s advisable to double-check that you are headed to the correct location to prevent any unnecessary complications on election day.

Required Identification

When you visit the polls, be sure to bring one of the following forms of identification:

  1. A driver’s license.
  2. A Louisiana Special ID.
  3. LA Wallet digital driver’s license.
  4. A United States military identification card that contains your name and picture.
  5. Some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.

If you do not possess any of these identification documents, you can still cast your vote through a voter affidavit, where your signature serves as proof of identity.

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 all Saturday elections and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all Tuesday elections.

Sample Ballots and Additional Information

For those who want to review sample ballots for their parish, the Secretary of State’s website is a valuable resource. It allows you to familiarize yourself with the candidates and issues you’ll be voting on. Being well-informed about your choices can make your voting experience more efficient.

For more comprehensive information on elections in Louisiana, you can visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Important Deadline for Absentee Voting

If you plan to vote by absentee ballot, take note that the deadline for the Registrar of Voters to receive your voted absentee ballot is October 13 by 4:30 p.m., except for military and overseas voters. Ensure your vote is counted by meeting this deadline.

For more information on the upcoming election, visit sos.la.gov or download the GeauxVote app.