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Registration deadlines loom for presidential primaries; here's what to do

Posted at 11:55 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 12:55:15-05

With voter registration deadlines fast approaching, officials want to remind voters that only registered Democrats and Republicans will be eligible to vote in the April 4 Presidential Preference Primary.

There are regular elections in 24 parishes on that same day.

The in-person or by mail registration deadline is Wednesday, March 4, and the online registration deadline is Saturday, March 14.

To find out how you can register, click here.

The presidential primary will be held April 4 and allows members of the Democratic and Republican parties to vote on their respective party’s nominee for President of the United States. Louisiana's primaries are "closed" primaries. That means you have to be a registered member of the Democratic Party to vote in the Democratic primary, and the same for the Republican primary. Registered independents, and those members of other parties, cannot vote in a Democratic or Republican preference primary - only registered Democrats and Republicans can do that.

The Democratic Party and the Republican Party will also have their parish executive committee elections, while Democratic Party members will vote for their state central committee members.

Additionally, 24 parishes will have local races on the ballot, and are open to eligible voters, regardless of party. Those parishes include Bienville, Caddo, Calcasieu, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana.

Voters in all parishes are urged to check their sample ballot via [] or on the free Geaux Vote App.

Citizens can check their registration or register to vote online at []; at your parish Registrar of Voters Office; while obtaining services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges, and libraries; or by mail. After registering, voters are encouraged to download the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app. The app provides registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots, polling place information, and election results.

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, visit [] or call 225.922.0900.