by staff reporter Nora Drenner
Just around the corner is the April 4, 2020, Presidential Preference Primary/Municipal Primary Election. Those who are not registered to vote have until Wednesday, March 4, to do so in person or by mail. The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Saturday, March 14.
Early voting begins Saturday, March 21, and continues through Saturday, March 28, March 21-28, except for Sunday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is Tuesday, March 31 by 4:30 p.m. Voters can also request an absentee by mail ballot online through the state’s Voter Portal or in writing through your local Registrar of Voters Office, other than military and overseas voters.
The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is Friday, April 3 by 4:30 p.m., other than military and overseas voters.
To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen; reside in the state and parish in which you are seeking to register, hold a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana special ID card, and be at least 17 years old (16 years old if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. While you can register as early as age 16, you are not eligible to vote until the age of 18.
If mailing in a voter registration application, the application or envelope must be postmarked 30 days prior to the first election in which you seek to vote.
On Election Day, Saturday, April 4, the polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All voters in line at 8 p.m. have the right to vote.
For more information about the upcoming election and voting registration, contact your local Registrar of Voters Office.