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Special Election in Louisiana’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts

The State of Louisiana will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, March 20, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts. Congressional District 2 includes nearly all of the city of New Orleans and stretches west and north to Baton Rouge. Congressional District 5 includes rural northeastern Louisiana and much of central Louisiana, as well as the northern part of Louisiana’s Florida parishes in southeast Louisiana, taking in Monroe, Alexandria, Opelousas, Amite and Bogalusa.

Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens who are registering to vote for the first time can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) available at fvap.gov/FPCA. A fillable PDF is also available. Voters must submit their completed, signed FPCA to their local election officials in Louisiana via email, mail, or fax by February 17, 2021.

Those who have already registered to vote but have not yet requested their ballot can do so by submitting the FPCA to their local election officials in Louisiana via email, mail, or fax by 4:30 PM CT on March 19, 2021.

Finally, voters who already registered and requested their absentee ballot must return their completed, signed absentee ballot by mail or fax before 8pm CT on March 20, 2021.

Voters who have not received their requested state ballot can use the backup ballot called the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) available at fvap.gov/FWAB. A fillable PDF is also available. Voters must return their completed, signed backup ballot by mail or fax before 8pm CT on March 20, 2021.

FVAP offers an email-to-fax service for service members and their eligible family members, as well as overseas citizens, who do not have access to a fax machine. Voters can email their completed ballot to fax@FVAP.gov before the ballot return deadline. A member of the FVAP team will fax the ballot to the appropriate election office on behalf of the voter.

Detailed instructions and county contact information are available at fvap.gov/louisiana

You can check the status of your absentee ballot by contacting your election office directly.

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Americans Can Vote Anywhere

Not voting in Louisiana? Find your state’s primary election dates on the FVAP.gov website. To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit our contact page.

Note: If you would like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or need help with the absentee voting process, please go to FVAP.gov or call FVAP at 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584) or email (vote@fvap.gov).

Important Note: Embassies are not polling places. Same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

Researching the Candidates and Issues:  Online Resources

Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line or search the internet to locate articles and information.

For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov). Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov.

You can also learn more from the 2 Simple Steps Infographic