Voter Rights by State: Louisiana

"At it's peak, the plant employed more than 130 union workers" said Dean Smith, a long time Cobb PLant employee and President of Local 103 of the Utility Workers Union of America


Dear UWUA members, retirees, and families:

The electoral campaign season has shifted into high gear. Anti-worker and anti-democratic forces are continuing their assault on the middle class and what generations of American workers have fought and died for. This year’s mid-term elections offer a clear choice on where we go from here.

Will we elect candidates who will stand with workers or vote for candidates who want to further enrich the few at the expense of many? Will we elect candidates who believe in a strong middle class, will invest in infrastructure, put people back to work, and protect workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively, or will we elect candidates who will cut spending on infrastructure, cut taxes for the wealthy, and destroy workers’ rights to organize and bargain?

Our Union is working closely with the National, State, and Local AFL-CIO’s to engage our members on what’s at stake and the choices that lie ahead. Please contact the UWUA National Office at (800) 889-6862 if you are willing to volunteer in this critical election, and we will have one of our coordinators contact you about opportunities to assist in your area.

You can also find more information about the 2014 elections – including state-by-state guidelines on registering to vote and new voter identification requirements – at the UWUA’s website at Finally and above all, please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4.

D. Michael Langford
UWUA National President

Voter Registration Requirements   

In order to register to vote, you must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be at least 17 years old or older to register to vote and 18 years old or older on Election Day;
  • reside in the state and be a resident of the parish in which you seek to register and vote;
  • not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction; and
  • not be under a judgment of full or partial interdiction for mental incompetence with suspension of voting rights.
Voter Registration

Register to vote online at

Oct. 6, 2014, is the last day you can submit or mail (postmark date) your voter registration application and updates (if any) to your local registrar’s office.

Check your voter registration status.

If you need to update your voter registration, you can resubmit a completed Louisiana Voter Registration Application to your local registrar’s office.

Voter ID Requirements

You MUST bring at least ONE of the following forms of current and valid identification with you to your polling location:

  • Louisiana driver’s license;
  • Louisiana special ID card; or
  • a generally recognized photo ID that contains your name and signature.

If you do not have a photo ID, you will need to complete an Identification Affidavit and show a utility bill, payroll check or any government document with both your name and address to vote.

Voting Before Election Day

Skip the Election Day lines, vote early! If you are unable to make it to the polls, or simply want to, you may vote early in person. If you meet certain requirements, you can vote early by mail before Election Day.


You can vote in person before Election Day at designated early voting locations starting Oct. 21 through Oct. 28, 2014. Check early voting locations[vi] or contact your local registrar’s office[vii] to find out where you can cast your ballot.


Check to see whether you meet the requirements to vote by mail[viii] before Election Day. You must return your Absentee Ballot Application[ix] to your local registrar’s Office[x] by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2014.

Your parish registrar of voters must receive your ballot by 4:30 p.m. the day before Election Day. Military personnel and/or their dependents, U.S. citizens residing outside the United States or voters who are hospitalized have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to return their completed ballots.

Student Information

If you are a resident of Louisiana and attend school within the state, but in a different election district, you may be eligible to register and vote in the election district you live in while attending school.

If you are a student from Louisiana who is attending an institution out of state, you should first determine whether you would like to vote in Louisiana or the state where your institution is located. Louisiana allows students attending school out of state to still vote in Louisiana. Please note that you may register and vote in only one state per election.

For more information on how to register and vote as a student, please visit the Brennan Center for Justice’s Student Voting Guide for Louisiana.

Formerly Incarcerated? Restore Your Rights!

If you have been convicted of a felony and are incarcerated, on parole or on probation, you are not eligible to vote. If you have completed all sentences, your right to vote is restored automatically. However, you must re-register to vote, even if you were registered previously, with your local registrar’s office.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions about voting in Louisiana, call 866-OUR-VOTE, email or visit