The Bayou State

Union, Justice, Confidence


Of Louisiana’s 3,093,004 registered voters, 2,169,401 cast votes in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 70.1%. The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald J. Trump, who won its 8 electoral votes with 58.5% of the popular vote. Louisiana has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 2000. Despite the successful reelection of Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards in 2019, Louisiana voted overwhelmingly conservative in 2020.

Louisiana has a bicameral legislature with 39 senators and 105 representatives. Democrats held the majority in both chambers from 1992 to 2011, but Republicans flipped both chambers and have held the majority in both since 2011. Governor John Bel Edwards (D) is not eligible for re-election in 2022, due to term limits.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseExcuse required; listed in RS 18:1303.COVID-19 specific reasons were added to list of excuses for requesting an absentee ballot.No Legislative Activity
AutomaticOnly for qualifying and opting-in senior citizens or disabled voters.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineFor General and Disabled applications; 4:30 PM on the 4th day before Election Day.
For Military, Overseas, or Hospitalized applications; 4:30 PM the day before Election Day.
No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Louisiana averages a 55% rating, reflecting its more right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.