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THIS VIDEO IS OUTDATED. A new video is being produced for the 2018 Primary Elections and it will be posted to this channel in September 2018. Once the new video is finished, we will link to it in this description so that you can find it easily.

How to vote in Louisiana! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!

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LINKS:

Check your registration status: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/

GeauxVote app links:
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.LA.SOS.GeauxVote
iOS:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/geauxvote-mobile/id451157430?ls=1

Register online: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/OnlineVoterRegistration.aspx

Register by mail: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/PublishedDocuments/ApplicationToRegisterToVote.pdf

Eligibility requirements for absentee/mail voting: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Vote/VoteByMail/Pages/default.aspx

Apply for absentee/mail voting online: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/

Apply for absentee/mail voting by mail:
http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/PublishedDocuments/ApplicationForAbsenteeByMailBallot.pdf

Find your parish’s registrar of voters office: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar

Find your polling place: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/

Look at a sample ballot: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/GetElectionInformation/ReviewSampleBallots/Pages/default.aspx

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More states: http://www.youtube.com/howtovoteineverystate

Google's simple "How to Register" system: https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&espv=2&q=how+to+register+to+vote
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Hello Louisiana. If you want to vote, first you need to get registered. There's a link in the description you can use to check and see if you're registered right now. You can also download the Louisiana Department of State's GeauxVote app that lets you look up your registration status and a ton of other information about voting in Louisiana. 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 right now, as long as you have a Louisiana Driver's License or Louisiana 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, Department of Social Services office, or WIC, food stamp, or Medicaid office. Whichever way you choose to register, you have until October 9th to do it. Once you've 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're over 65 or disabled. There are a few other, less common cases that are also linked below. If any of those reasons apply to you, you can register online or through a mail-in form by November 4th, though the sooner you do it, the better. Both the online and printable forms are linked in the description. Then, 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's registrar's office by November 7th. 

Everyone in Louisiana, though, can vote early in person from October 25th to November 1st between the hours of 8:30 am and 6 pm at your parish's registrar of voters office. A link to the locations of all of those is down in the description.

If you're going to vote on election day, November 8th, you can look up where to vote using the GeauxVote app or using the link in the description. Polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm 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 for free at the office of motor vehicles - are 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 GeauxVote app or 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 item on the ballot. You can leave things blank if you want to, 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 out your sample ballot, fill it out, bring it with you to the polls, so you don't forget who what wanted to vote for. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location are in the description. Thank you for voting.