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Louisiana

0 /65
Vote at Home Score

2020 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed-out ballots

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2016 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed out ballots

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State election policies as of 2022...

Full Vote-at-Home

0/10

Full Vote-at-Home

Voter automatically mailed ballot for every election

No Excuse Required

1/6

No Excuse Required

No excuse to vote from home

Single Sign-Up

1/6

Single Sign-Up

Voter signs up once to receive mail ballot for all future elections

Local Vote-at-Home Option

0/5

Local VAH Option

Local governments have discretion to conduct full vote-at-home elections

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

2/2

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

Voter can apply for mail ballot online

Ballot Tracking

1/4

Ballot Tracking

Voter can receive ballot status notifications.

In-Person Ballot Return

0/5

In-Person Ballot Return

Voter has multiple options to return mail ballot in person

Signature Verification

0/5

Signature Verification

Voter signature verified before ballot is counted

Ballot Cure Process

0/4

Ballot Cure Process

Voter can correct issues so ballot can be counted

Prepaid Postage

0/4

Prepaid Postage

Postage-paid return envelopes provided

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

0/4

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

Ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted

In-Person Voting

4/4

In-Person Return

Physical locations for voters to vote and receive assistance

Pre-Processing

0/3

Signature Verification

Ballots are verified and scanned before Election Day

Mail Ballot Applications

0/2

Mail Ballot Applications

Election officials can mail ballot applications to all voters eligible to vote from home

Ballot Return Assistance

2/2

Ballot Return Assistance

Voters may receive assistance to return their mail ballot

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Opportunities

By passing legislation to allow voters to vote by mail ballot without needing an excuse, Louisiana can give their citizens the opportunity to vote in whichever manner they find safest and most convenient. Additionally, an increase in mail ballots often means a decrease in both lines and costs.
Signature verification can eliminate the need for witness requirements while ensuring the security of the election process, streamlining ballot processing, and lowering barriers for voters.
We recommend Louisiana make permanent the cure process it created in 2020. In the event that a voter’s ballot is rejected, said voter should have the ability to cure any correctable issues with their ballot quickly and simply to lower rejection rates. As more voters use absentee ballots and, understandably, the number of rejected absentee ballots increases, we recommend implementing a Text2Cure system that allows voters to cure their ballots from their phones.
Louisiana can increase voter confidence by allowing voters to track their ballot much like an Amazon package by improving its current ballot tracking system. Advanced ballot tracking systems can proactively notify voters when their ballot takes a new step in the path from being sent to them to finally being counted (or rejected). If a ballot is rejected, these ballot tracking tools can be used as another method to contact voters if there is a signature mismatch or deficiency on their return envelope.
Offering secure drop boxes as another method for voters to return ballots are a cost-effective way to reduce strain on the postal system, and are sometimes a preferred method by voters who want an extra bit of reassurance that their ballot makes it to the elections office on time. We highly recommend including provisions to allow for ballots to be received at polling and vote centers, as well as other locations deemed necessary by the clerk.
We highly recommend creating vote centers, or polling locations where any voter in the county can vote. This is a way to streamline the system so over time, as the share of the vote cast by mail increases, counties can have fewer overall polling locations, while individual voters will have more voting location options.
Louisiana can reduce costs and increase voter convenience by expanding its permanent absentee option, where voters can sign up to automatically be sent an absentee ballot for each election without having to re-apply, to all residents. While this is likely a longer-term goal for the state, it should keep in mind that states experience significant savings by cutting down on the requests they need to process; on average, states save $1 for every request they no longer need to process.
Simplifying the return process for a ballot is just as important as simplifying the request process. Prepaying postage on ballot return envelopes can increase return rates by ensuring that voters do not need to make an extra trip to the post office.
Accepting ballots with Election Day postmarks shortly after election day is a best practice to ensure that voters are given all options to vote their ballot in a timely manner, as it is estimated in most jurisdictions to decrease ballot rejection rates by half.
Processing mail ballots to get them ready for counting before election day will help Louisiana get faster election results, while also giving voters and election officials more time to cure any issues with ballots. Louisiana allows some parishes preprocess for just one day, which the state should expand to at least 7 days before election day and make available to all parishes. Preliminary data also suggests that preprocessing helps avoid any blue or red shifts when there are differences in the partisan lean of mail vs. in person ballots, which could increase voter confidence in the results of elections.

Recent Legislation

As of August 17, 2021

The Secretary of State instituted a series of emergency rules to create a cure process to allow voters to fix any mistakes with their ballots, like forgetting to sign the envelope. Unfortunately, this progress isn’t permanent, and no legislation to make it permanently passed in 2021. The state passed several pro and anti- vote by mail bills in 2021, and fortunately the anti-voter laws failed to become law after being vetoed.

Updated 6/15/2021

Summary: Makes technical changes clarifying ban on electioneering at polling places and voter intimidation.

Summary: Requests the secretary of state to study the implementation of an automated notification system to alert a voter regarding the status of their vote.

Summary: Provides relative to registration and voting by a person with a felony conviction (changes the criminal disenfranchisement law slightly in a way that may make some incarcerated residents eligible to vote).

Summary: changes date of presidential primary pushing it later by a few weeks. makes it illegal to knowingly impersonate govt to mislead voters about election. sets a deadline for when suspected voters have to return address confirmation card before being put on inactive list.

Summary: Allows for all parishes to have 1 day of preprocessing (used to be just parishes with +1k), and 3 days with permission.

Summary: Adds four more days of early voting for presidential elections (now total of 11 days).

Summary: This bill will allow paper ballots to be used for voting in person (existing law only allowed machines). Additionally, it requires any new paper voting systems to have a voter-verified paper trail.