WAKE UP GEAUX VOTE is the Urban League of Louisiana’s non-partisan statewide voter education and mobilization effort that is activated every election cycle to register new voters, to provide relevant election updates and information about real-time ballot initiatives and candidates, and to get people to the polls. The initiative has included high school and college campus voter registration drives, activating 250 canvassers across the state, candidate forums, voter education events, social media campaigns; and more.

On Sept. 16th 2020, a federal judge ruled on Louisiana’s emergency election plan and the ruling has extended early voting and makes available the same COVID-19 mail-in ballot application that was used for this summer’s elections. All information below has been sourced from the Louisiana Sectretary of State’s website.

How do I know if I qualify for an mail-in (absentee) ballot?

There are many reason that qualify a person for an absentee ballot. In addition to the standard reasons listed below, there is also a temporary COVID-19 absentee ballot application for the November election. Some of the reasons you may apply for an absentee ballot include:

  • If you are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to serious underlying medical conditions
  • If you have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns
  • If you are caring for an individual who is subject to a medically necessary quarantine as a result of COVID-19
  • If you reside in a nursing home, veterans’ home, or extended hospital stay
  • If you are a student, instructor, professor located and living outside of your parish of registration
  • If you are minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration
  • If you moved more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your former residence after the voter registration books closed (30 days prior to an election)
  • If you are incarcerated or expect to be incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
  • If you are physically disabled
  • And more reasons that can be found here

There are seperate forms depending on your reason for applying, so select the correct one for you. Applications can be sent to the registrar of voters by mail, fax, hand delivery, or electronically through the secretary of state’s website at by October 30th.

Online Application: You may request an absentee by mail ballot by logging in to the Louisiana Voter Portal and following these steps:

  1. Click the “Search By Voter” button.
  2. Type in your First Name, Last Name and Zip Code or Birth Month and Year and then click the “Submit” button;
  3. Click the “Request Absentee Ballot” link found under the Quick Links heading; and
  4. Complete requested information and submit.

Need help completing your mail in ballott?

I’ve heard that Louisiana has a shortage of poll workers and this might impact the number of polling locations we will have in November. How can I help?

You can help protect our democracy by working at a polling location in your community. Fill out this form and submit to the email address listed in the form.

I’m not registered to vote. Is it too late to register for the Nov. 3rd Presidential Election?

 No, but you must register by October 13th. Register to vote at

I heard that we had record numbers of people voted early this summer. How can I be like them and vote early?

Early voting for the Presidential election is from Oct 16 through Oct 27 (except for Sundays) from 8:00am to 7:00pm.* Find your early voting location here:

I think I’m registered, but I’m not sure. How can I find out?

Double check to make sure you are registered or to update your information at

I am registered, but I’m not sure where my polling location is.

Some polling locations may change due to the pandemic. Find your polling location at

I can’t wait to vote, but I’m not sure what will be on the ballot. Can I see it ahead of time so that I can be prepared?

Yes! You can view your sample ballot for your precinct at

I know we’re voting for the next President in November, but what else are we voting for?

The November 3, 2020 presidential election is a statewide federal election for president, but it also includes congressional, state, and local office races, propositions, and seven constitutional amendments. Be sure you know what’s on your ballot at