A streetcar passes a polling station in New Orleans. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Louisianians who intend to vote in the November 3 election must register online by Tuesday to cast their ballots. Early voting begins Friday and ends Oct. 27, one week before Election Day.
The online platform, available at www.GeauxVote.com, is the only way at this point residents can register to vote or change their registration information. Last week was the deadline for in-person registration.
In a Monday morning press release, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said residents can also use the website to check their registration status to make sure everything is correct. After they register, Ardoin encourages people with smartphones to download the GeauxVote Mobile app and use it to find sample ballots, polling place information, see sample ballots and get election results.
Starting Friday and lasting through Oct. 27, Louisianians can early vote from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. any day of the week except Sunday. The 10 days of early voting is more than Louisianians typically get. The three extra days were ordered by a federal judge after a lawsuit that alleged that Ardoin had not taken the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic into consideration when creating an emergency plan for the state’s November and December elections.
In addition to extending the number of days that Louisiana residents have to early vote, the judge also allowed an expanded use of mail-in ballots. The secretary of state’s website has published the list of valid reasons to request a mail-in ballot here. And the various application forms for voters looking to receive an absentee ballot
- General Application Form (see reasons to apply)
- Disabled Application Form (see reasons to apply)
- Military or Overseas Application Form
- Temporary COVID-19 Application (per court order in Harding v. Edwards (2020) for the Nov. 3 and Dec. 5 elections ONLY).
Late last month, the office also released an instructional video explaining how to complete an absentee ballot. Watch that video below.
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