During the current public health emergency, the state has allowed five more reasons for requesting an absentee ballot:

  1. At higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to serious underlying medical conditions
  2. Subject to a medically necessary quarantine or isolation order as a result of COVID-19
  3. Advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns
  4. Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis
  5. Caring for an individual who is subject to a medically necessary quarantine or isolation order as a result of COVID-19 or who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns

If you are planning to Vote By Mail (VBM), we recommend you do so as early as possible to make sure your vote is counted.

Official deadline to request a VBM ballot: October 30

Suggested deadline to request a VBM ballot: October 6

Official deadline to return a completed VBM ballot: November 2

Suggested deadline to return a completed VBM ballot: October 20

Online Application:

  1. Visit https://voterportal.sos.la.gov and click the "Search By Voter" button.
  2. Type in your First Name, Last Name and Zip Code, or Birth Month and Year, and click "Submit".
  3. Click the "Request Absentee Ballot" link found under the Quick Links heading.
  4. Complete requested information and submit.

Print and Mail Application:

  1. Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State website to print :
    1. General Application:
      bit.ly/LAVBMApplication
    2. Disabled Application:
      bit.ly/LADisabledApplication
    3. Temporary COVID-19 Application:
      bit.ly/LACovid19Application
  2. Type in your First Name, Last Name and Zip Code, or Birth Month and Year, and click "Submit".
  3. Return it to the Secretary of State via
    • the U.S. Postal Service
    • commercial carrier
    • fax
    OR, you or an immediate family member can deliver the ballot to your Parish Registrar of Voters.
  4. Once your application is approved you will receive an absentee ballot in the mail.

Once Your Ballot is Filled Out:

  1. You can return your voted ballot by mail or fax.
  2. You can track the status of your absentee by mail ballot on your voter portal at the Louisiana Secretary of State website: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Home/VoterLogin