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Absentee Voting by Mail


DONíT BE LEFT OUT! LET YOUR VOTE COUNT!

Voters are allowed to cast their ballots prior to an election by mail in certain instances.

Voting by mail can be done upon receipt of a completed Request for Absentee Ballot by Mail request form. This request can be made up to 96 hours prior to closing of polls.

>>YOU CAN VOTE ABSENTEE!<<

 

Print and complete the application and mail or fax to the Registrar's office at the address provided below.


>>MILITARY AND OVERSEAS CITIZENS<<

Print and complete the application and mail or fax to the Registrar's office at the address provided below.


MAIL COMPLETED APPLICATION TO THE FOLLOWING:

REGISTRAR OF VOTERS

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH

PO BOX 31

PORT ALLEN, LA 70767


FAX COMPLETED APPLICATION TO THE FOLLOWING FAX NUMBER:

(225) 387-3222


Who qualifies for absentee voting by mail?

Persons who expect to be out of the parish on election day may vote Absentee by Mail,must meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • A person who is a member of the United States Service, as defined in R.S. 18:1302, and his spouse and dependents.
  • A student, instructor, or professor in an institution of higher learning located outside the parish in which he is qualified to vote and who lives outside of said parish by reason thereof, and his spouse and any dependent accompanying and residing with him.
  • A person who expects to be out of the parish during Early Voting or on election day.
  • A person who expects to be hospitalized during Early Voting or on election day or hospitalized and release prior to election day but restricted to his bed.
  • A person who, after the registration books have closed as required by R.S. 18:135, has moved his residence to another parish, and the new residence is more than one hundred miles from the parish seat of the parish of his former residence.
  • A person who is a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned to a religious post outside the parish in which he is registered, or a spouse or dependent accompanying and residing with.
  • A person who is residing outside the United States.
  • A person involuntarily confined to an institution for mental treatment outside the parish in which he is qualified to vote, who is not interdicted and not judicially declared mentally incompetent.
  • A person incarcerated in an institution inside or outside the parish in which he is qualified to vote, who has been certified that he is not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony.
  • A person who is sixty-five years of age or older.
  • A voter who is physically disabled to an extent which prevents him from voting at the polls on election day.

*Note: The registrar must verify that you are a qualified voter in order to send you a ballot. If your eligibility cannot be verified, then you will be notified in writing and you will not receive a ballot.

How do I vote by absentee ballot?

Via Mail Courier. The most common method of obtaining an absentee ballot is through mail delivery. A request for an absentee ballot through mail delivery can be made on a special Request for Absentee Ballot by Mail request form, federal Post Card Application form, or in a letter stating your name, voting address, the address where the ballot is to be mailed, and the election(s) for which the voter is requesting an absentee ballot. (The form or letter must be signed by the voter requesting the ballot. No person can request an absentee ballot for another person.)

Upon receipt of a request the Registrar will verify eligibility and then mail a ballot to the voter. The voter must follow all enclosed instructions and make sure to vote privately unless assistance is required. Make sure that the affidavit envelope is properly filled out and signed by "you" the voter and ONE witness. A voted absentee ballot must be returned and received by the Registrar's office prior to election day. The ballot can be returned by the USPS, commercial courier, or personally delivered to the Registrar by the voter himself (or an immediate family member - See R.S. 18:1308B).

Via Fax. A voter may transmit his voted ballot to the Registrar by facsimile. The documents to be transmitted shall contain the following statement: "I understand that by faxing my voted ballot I am voluntarily waiving my right to a secret ballot." This statement shall be followed by the voter's handwritten signature, date and social security number. Upon receipt of the transmittal, the Registrar shall place the voted ballot along with the signed statement and affidavit in an appropriately marked envelope and seal it. The Registrar and staff shall take the steps necessary to keep the voted ballots received by facsimile as confidential as practicable.

Timeline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail

You must request your ballot by 4:30 p.m. on the 4th day before election day, except for the following voters who have until 4:30 p.m. on the day before election day:

  • military personnel and/or their dependents;
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.; or
  • voters that are hospitalized.
Deadlines for Returning Your Voted Ballots

Your ballot must be received by your parish Registrar of Voters by 4:30 p.m. on the day before election day, except for the following voters who have until 8 p.m. on election day:

  • military personnel and/or their dependents;
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.; or
  • voters that are hospitalized.

Requests or information may be obtained by contacting the Registrar, Stacy L. Ryan or Chief Deputy, Corey Caillouet at 225-336-2421.

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