Voting is one of the most basic rights in the United States, and it is the way your voice can be heard in the political process. Once you are of age 18, you are able to legally vote in federal, state, and local elections. Each state has different residency and identification requirements to vote, so be sure to check with your local state office at www.eac.gov.
In Louisiana, the requirements to register to vote are to:
- Be at least 17 years of age to register (18 to vote)
- Be a US citizen
- Not be convicted of a felony
- Not be under a legal judgment including a restriction of voting rights
- Reside in the state and parish in which you wish to register
In order to register, visit any one of the following locations:
- Local DMV office
- Louisiana Department of Social Services
- WIC Offices
- Food Stamp Offices
- Medicaid Offices
- Specialized offices such as the Deaf Action Centers or Independent Living Offices
- Armed Forces Recruitment Centers
- Parish Registrar of Voter’s Office
To register online, visit http://www.sos.la.gov, and complete your application.
To register by mail, download the Louisiana Voter Registration Application from http://www.sos.la.gov and mail it back to your local Registrar of Voter’s Office.