Absentee ballot deadline is Friday at 4:30 p.m.


    The deadline to return absentee ballots for Louisiana’s upcoming election is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

    With the deadline just days away, voters should return completed ballots in-person to their respective parish registrar of voters office or have an immediate family member return them.

    Voters who cannot meet the absentee ballot deadline can still vote in-person on election day, Dec. 5. Polling locations can be found on voterportal.sos.la.gov or on the free GeauxVote mobile app.

    The Dec. 5 ballot includes multiple runoff elections and a single constitutional amendment, but it is much shorter than the Nov. 3 ballot and doesn’t include races for president or U.S. Senate.

    Early voting ended this past weekend with a total of 147,417 ballots cast, of which 60,861 were absentee, according to Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office. Of the total early voters, about 78,000 were Democrats and 50,000 were Republicans. 

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    Wesley Muller
    Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and recognitions, including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.