Louisiana Gubernatorial General Election 2023: Key Dates and Information
Published 2:34 pm Thursday, November 2, 2023
As the calendar marches on and Nov. 18 approaches, citizens of Louisiana are gearing up for a crucial event on their civic calendar-the Gubernatorial General Election. This election holds immense significance as it determines the future leadership of the state. To ensure you make your voice heard, here’s a comprehensive guide on key dates and essential information you need to know.
1. Early Voting
For those who wish to cast their votes ahead of the official election day, early voting is a convenient option. Early voting will be available from Nov. 3 to Nov. 11, excluding Sunday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 10 (observed for Veterans Day). During this period, polling locations will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2. Requesting an Absentee Ballot
If you are unable to vote in person on November 18th, you have the option to request an absentee ballot. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is November 14th by 4:30 p.m. (except for military and overseas voters). You can request an absentee ballot online through the Voter Portal or by submitting a written request to the Registrar of Voters Office.
3. Absentee Ballot Submission
For those who have requested an absentee ballot, the deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is Nov. 17 by 4:30 p.m. (except for military and overseas voters).
4. Finding Your Polling Place
To determine your designated polling place, you have a few options:
Use the Louisiana Voter Portal, which provides quick access to polling locations, or contact your parish’s Registrar of Voters Office for assistance.
Refer to your voter information card, received by mail, which 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.
6. Voter Identification Requirements
When you visit the polls, you must bring one of the following forms of identification:
- A driver’s license.
- A Louisiana Special ID.
- LA Wallet digital driver’s license.
- A United States military identification card that contains your name and picture.
- 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.
7. Voter Assistance
Should any problems or questions arise on election day, 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, providing support and assistance to voters.
8. Reviewing Sample Ballots
For those who want to familiarize themselves with the candidates and issues they’ll be voting on, the Secretary of State’s website is a valuable resource. It allows you to review sample ballots for your parish, ensuring you’re well-informed about your choices and making your voting experience more efficient.
9. Additional Resources
For more comprehensive information on elections in Louisiana, including registration, candidates, and more, you can visit the Secretary of State’s website. If you prefer a mobile solution, consider downloading the GeauxVote app for quick access to election information.
The Gubernatorial General Election on November 18, 2023, is a crucial opportunity for the people of Louisiana to shape the future of their state. By being informed about key dates and requirements, you can ensure your voice is heard in this vital democratic process. Make your plan, mark your calendar, and exercise your right to vote!