Early voting for Louisiana’s December election is underway


    Voters keep their distance from one another as they wait outside New Orleans City Hall Saturday morning, Oct. 17. (Photo by Jarvis DeBerry / Louisiana Illuminator)

    Early voting runs from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. until Nov. 28, excluding Sunday (Nov. 22), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) and Friday (Nov. 27).

    The election features one open congressional seat in Northeast and Central Louisiana as well as a state constitutional amendment about the makeup of the state’s higher education boards. Local races will also be decided.

    The deadline to request an absentee ballot for this runoff election is Dec. 1 by 4:30 p.m. Voters can request an absentee by mail ballot online through the state’s Voter Portal or in writing through their local Registrar of Voters Office. The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive an absentee ballot  from most residents is Dec. 4 by 4:30 p.m.

    Louisiana’s December election is the last election that falls under the court-ordered extended early voting period and expanded absentee balloting for the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In September, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick in Baton Rouge said the state had to add three extra days to the seven days Louisianians have typically gotten to vote early because of the health crisis. Dick also added five COVID-related excuses that people could use to vote by mail.

    In Louisiana, a runoff election is held after a primary where no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote. It takes place between the two top finishers in the primary.