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Hey Louisiana!

If you want to vote, first you need to get registered. There’s a link in the description you can use to check if you’re registered right now.

If you’re not registered, or you need to update your name or address, you can go to the link in the description and register online, as long as you have a Louisiana Driver’s License or state ID. If you don’t have a Louisiana license, you’ll have to apply by mail using the form linked below or in person at an Office of Motor Vehicles, or social services office. If you register by mail or in person you’ve gotta do it by October 2nd.

If you’re registering online, that buys you a little extra time – that deadline is October 14 for the November election. Once you’re registered, you get to vote. Voting absentee by mail in Louisiana is only available if you will be outside of your parish for both the early voting period AND election day, or if you are over 65 or disabled.

There are a few other, less common cases that are also linked below too. If any of those reasons apply to you, you can register online or through a mail-in form by November 2nd, though the sooner you do it, the better. Both the online and printable forms are linked in the description.

Your ballot will show up in the mail and all you have to do is fill it out at your own pace and send it back so that it arrives at your parish registrar’s office before November 3rd. Any voter in Louisiana can vote early in person from October 20th to 27th between am and 6pm at your parish’s registrar of voters office, and a few other official early vote sites. A link to all their locations is down in the description.

If you’re going to vote on election day, November 3rd, you can look up where you need to go using the same site you used to check your registration. Polls are open from 6am to 8pm and you will need to bring an ID with you. A Louisiana driver’s license or Special ID—that’s the kind you can get free at the office of motor vehicles—is accepted, as is any other form of ID that has your name, photo, and signature.

Before you head to the polls, you can go to the link in the description to look at a sample ballot that tells you everything you’ll be able to vote for in your county. You don’t have to vote for every single thing on the ballot for it to count--you can leave things blank if you want, but your local elections can be pretty important, so it’s worth checking out what’s on there ahead of time. You can even print it out and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget who you wanted to vote for.

Before you go, the best thing to do if you’re planning to vote this year is to make a plan to vote right now—from what day you’re gonna go register to whether you’re gonna vote in person or by mail. What kind of ID you’re gonna use, and where is it? Even what time you’re gonna vote and how you’re gonna get there.

Write it down, put it in your notes app, text it to your friend, just make a plan so that nothing unexpected stops you from being counted on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location are in the description. Thanks for being a voter.

How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.