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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Louisiana: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Monday, May 25, 2020 12:51 PM ET

Important News

  • April 27, 2020 Official Update Emergency Election Plan Approved

    Louisiana's legislature approved an emergency election plan that will temporarily extend the  reasons to request an absentee ballot to include individuals at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and those under medically-ordered quarentine or caring for someone under quarentine order. The plan expands the time frame for early voting from seven to thirteen days, and it plans for moving certain polling locations out of nursing homes and senior centers. It also waives the requirement that voters who registered electronically vote in person the first time.

  • April 14, 2020 Official Update Louisiana Postpones Elections Again

    Louisiana's Governor has postponed the state's primary election a second time to July 11, and has moved its July 25 election to August 15. Dates related to early voting and absentee voting were adjusted to reflect the postponement. 

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    Primary Election In Person and By Mail Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Saturday, June 20, 2020

    Primary Election Online Voter Registration Deadline

  3. Saturday, June 20, 2020

    Primary Election Early Voting Begins

  4. Saturday, July 4, 2020

    Primary Election Early Voting Ends

  5. Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Primary Election Mail Ballot Application Deadline

    Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m.

  6. Friday, July 10, 2020

    Primary Election Mail Ballot Deadline

    Completed mail ballots must be received by 4:30 p.m.

  7. Saturday, July 11, 2020

    Primary Election Day

  8. Saturday, August 15, 2020

    Municipal General Election Day

  9. Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    General Election Early Voting Begins

    Early voting is Oct. 20-27 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 25) from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  10. Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    General Election Early Voting Ends

  11. Friday, October 30, 2020

    General Election Mail Ballot Application Deadline

    Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m.

  12. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Mail Ballot Deadline

    Completed mail ballots must be received by 4:30 p.m.

  13. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote by mail icon. How to vote by mail in Louisiana

Louisiana allows voters to vote by mail under certain circumstances. The state has extended these requirements for the 2020 elections to include certain voters especially vulnerable to or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Louisiana

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
  • Pen and pencil icon. Demand a Plan for Safe Elections

    Louisiana has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Governor Edwards and demand that they share their plan.

    Demand a Plan

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    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:

  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.