BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Candidate registration has opened for Louisiana's March 20 election to fill two vacant U.S. House seats.
The New Orleans-based 2nd District seat is open after Democrat Cedric Richmond left the position to work for President Joe Biden's administration.
The 5th District seat covers rural northeast and central Louisiana. It is unfilled because Republican Luke Letlow died from COVID-19 complications before he could be sworn in to Congress. His widow, Julia Letlow, intends to register for the race Thursday.
Meanwhile, three Democratic contenders for the 2nd District seat signed up Wednesday: state Sens. Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson of New Orleans and community activist Gary Chambers of Baton Rouge.
Qualifying continues through Friday.
The following is important information for the Saturday, March 20, 2021 Open Municipal/U.S. Representative, Congressional Districts 2 and 5/State Representative, Representative District 82 Special Primary Election:
- The qualifying period for candidates is Jan. 20-22. Local and municipal candidates qualify with the clerk of court in the parish in which they are registered to vote (contact your local clerk of court for office hours). Federal and state candidates qualify in the executive offices of Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin at 8585 Archives Ave. in Baton Rouge between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Qualifying fees must be paid in the form of cash; certified or cashier's check on a state or national bank or credit union; U.S. postal money order; or money order issued by a state or national bank or credit union and must be accompanied by the qualifying form.
- The qualifying period for candidates who wish to qualify for State Representative, Representative District 82 is Jan. 25-27. Candidates qualify with the clerk of court in the parish in which they are registered to vote (contact your local clerk of court for office hours).
- The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Feb. 17.
- The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Feb. 27.
- Early voting is March 6-13 (excluding Sunday, March 7) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is March 16 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through our Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).
- The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is March 19 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).
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