Louisiana Electoral Resource


Some natives of Lousiana consider themselves Cajun or Creole. Cajun refers to a cross-cultural mix of several ethnic groups, including French Creole, Spanish, German and Anglo-American. The word Creole comes from the Spanish word "Criollo," which means "one from the colony."

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson doubled the size of the United States by purchasing the Louisiana Territory—828,000 square miles of land between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains—from France. Louisiana was the first of 13 states, or parts of states, to be carved out of the territory in 1812.

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Due to slow communications, the Battle of New Orleans was fought two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814, ending the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. General Andrew Jackson, who led between 6,000 and 7,000 troops to victory, emerged from the battle a national hero.

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At 34 stories high and 450 feet tall, the Louisiana State Capitol is the tallest of all state capitol buildings. On September 8, 1935, Senator Huey Long—who had been instrumental in convincing the public to construct the new building in 1935—was assassinated in one of its corridors.

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Louisiana is home to a wide diversity of cultures. Two prominent ethnic groups are Cajuns, descendants of a French-speaking group of Acadians from Canada, and Creoles, people with a mixed French, Spanish, Caribbean, African and/or Indian background.

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Hurricane Katrina hit landfall in southeastern Louisiana on August 29, 2005, as a Category 3 storm. The most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history, it resulted in more than 1,800 deaths—over 1,500 of which were in Louisiana—and close to $100 billion in damages.

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Louisiana Voting Quick Facts
  • Current Population:4,670,724
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 8
  • Congressional Districts: 6

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Latest Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama sports - KTBSGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons broke a bone in his right foot Friday during the Philadelphia 76ers' final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University. The team said Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal bone.

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Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
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Louisiana US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Louisiana. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Louisiana's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is NOT running for re-election.

It is important to note that since the incumbent is not running for re-election, this is an open race where both Democrats and Republicans will try to win the seat.

Louisiana: US Senator Race - Open Race

Incumbent Republican Senator, David Vitter is not running for re-election. On November 2, 2010, David Vitter won re-election to the United States Senate with 56.6% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Charlie Melancon, who came in a distant second with 37.7% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Louisiana)

Louisiana 2016 U.S. Representative races

The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Louisiana this election cycle. Of the 6 seats up for election this election cycle, 5 currently held by Republicans, and 1 held by Democrats.

Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Louisiana U.S. House

Congressional DistrictU.S. RepresentativeParty Affiliation

District 1

Representative Scalise, SteveRepublican

District 2

Representative Richmond, Cedric L.Democratic

District 3

Representative Boustany, Charles W., Jr.Republican

District 4

Representative Fleming, JohnRepublican

District 5

Representative Abraham, Ralph LeeRepublican

District 6

Representative Graves, GarretRepublican
Louisiana Congressional Districts
Louisiana US Districts
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Registered Voters

Register Total: 2,947,688

  • White : 1,887,319
  • Black : 920,189
  • Other : 140,180

Democrats Total: 1,328,350

  • White : 565,675
  • Black : 720,720
  • Other : 41,955

Republican: 866,180

  • White : 811,180
  • Black : 22,530
  • Other : 32,569

Other Parties: 753,158

  • White : 510,563
  • Black : 176,939
  • Other : 65,656
State of Louisiana Quick Facts
  • Date of Statehood: April 30, 1812
  • Size: 51,988 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Pelican State; Sportsman’s Paradise
  • Tree: Bald Cypress
  • Flower: Magnolia
  • Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
When's The Next Election?
November 8, 2016
In 38 days
Louisiana : Open Primary/Presidential/Congressional Election
December 10, 2016
In 70 days
Louisiana : Open General/ Congressional Election
Click here to view Louisiana Elections Schedule for 2016

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use voterportal.sos.la.gov to Find Voter, Address, or Parish Specific Information. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Louisiana does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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