Can a Felon Vote in Louisiana? -

Can a Felon Vote in Louisiana?

Louisiana is the 18th state that was admitted to the US. It gained statehood on April 30, 1812. The state capital is Baton Rouge and the largest city in the state is New Orleans. Louisiana is comprised of an area of just over 51,840 square miles making it the 31st largest state in the US. A population of just over 4,600,000 makes the state the 25th most populous state in the country. Residents in the state are referred to as Louisianans or Louisianians.

The major industries in Louisiana include the growing and harvesting of cotton, soybeans and rice, oil and natural gas refining, salt production and fishing, especially the catching of shellfish. The highest point in the state is Driskill Mountain (at 535 feet or just over 160 meters above sea level) while the lowest point is the city of New Orleans, which is 8 feet or 2.5 meters below sea level. Louisiana, which contains 64 counties called parishes, borders the Gulf of Mexico.

The origin for the state’s name was derived from Sieur de La Salle, a French explorer who named the land for King Louis XIV of France in 1682. The state’s current nickname is Sportsman’s Paradise (its former nickname was the Pelican State) and its state motto is “Union, Justice and Confidence.” The state song is “You are my Sunshine” or “Give Me Louisiana.” Felons who regain their voting rights after serving their time often feel like singing either of the state’s designated songs.

According to the Brennan Center website, voting rights are restored to felons upon the completion of their sentence, including the requirements set for probation or parole. Ex-offenders are required to re-register in order to vote.

Felon Voting Law in Louisiana

While a felon loses his eligibility to vote while in prison, or during parole or probation, he will automatically regain the electoral privilege after he completes all supervised release. In order to vote again, he needs to apply for registration. This information is referenced at the following link.

How a Felon in Louisiana Can Restore Their Voting Rights

After a felon is released from prison or has completed probation or parole, he can assert his right to vote by way of registration or re-registration. In the state of Louisiana, a felon can make registration online, in-person or by mail.

To vote, you must meet the following criteria:

· Be a U.S. citizen and reside in Louisiana in the parish where you plan to vote

· Be at least 17 but will be 18 years old by the election date

· Be judged to be mentally competent

· Not currently incarcerated for a felony

To make it easier, individuals can register online utilizing the Secretary of State’s OVR (online voter registration) system. Regardless of how registration is made, a proof of identification must be presented. When completing registration online then, you must show -

· Your driver’s license number or the card number from a special identification

· A four-digit audit code – a code on the driver’s license or a special identification card that is indicated by the word “AUDIT.”

· The last 4 numerals of your social security number

If you currently do not have an ID or driver’s license, you may print out the online application and mail it to the address indicated on the form. Include the last four numerals of your social security number if you do not have a driver’s license.

If registering in person, you can download an application online or pick one up at the Registrar of Voters, the Office of Motor Vehicles, any of the offices that serve food stamps, WIC or Medicaid clients, Department of Social Services or a military recruitment office.

If you show up in person and register at one of the Registrar of Voters’ offices, you must show proof of age, identity and residency. This proof may include a birth certificate, driver’s license or similar paperwork that proves your residency, identification or current age. You can further reference this information by clicking on this link.

Other Resources For Felons in Louisiana

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