The presidential election is less than one month away on Tuesday, November 3. To prepare voters for the election, we have compiled resources and information on voting, registering to vote, engaging children and teens during elections, and more.
Important Dates for the November 3, 2020 Election
- The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Monday, October 5.
- The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Tuesday, October 13.
- Early voting is from October 16 - 27 (excluding Sunday, October 25) from 8:30am - 6pm.
- The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is Friday, October 30 by 4:30pm. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through the 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 Monday, November 2 by 4:30pm (other than military and overseas voters).
To register in Louisiana, you must:
- be a U.S. citizen;
- be 17 years old (16 years old if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles), but must be 18 years old to vote;
- not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony or, if under such an order not have been incarcerated pursuant to the order within the last five years and not be under an order of imprisonment related to a felony conviction for election fraud or any other election offense pursuant to La. R.S. 18:1461.2;
- not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights;
- reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register; and
- be registered at least 20 days prior to an election if registering online with a Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card
- be registered 30 days prior to an election if registering in person or by mail to be eligible to vote in that particular election. If mailing in an application, the application or envelope must be postmarked 30 days prior to the first election in which you seek to vote
Louisiana offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person at your local office.
Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Offices
1300 Perdido St. Room 1W24
State and Local
Lambslide by Ann Patchett
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
The President of the Jungle by André Rodrigues, Larissa Ribeiro, Paula Desgualdo, and Pedro Markun
Vote for Me by Ben Clanton
School Aged Picture Books
Miss Paul and the President by Dean Robbins; illustrated by Nancy Zhang
What's the Big Deal About Elections by Ruby Shamir
Finish the Fight: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers and the Staff of the New York Times
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillibrand
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers; illustrated by Bonnie Christensen
Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter; illustrations by Shane W. Evans
Vote for Our Future! by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by Micah Player
Middle School Books
Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet
Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America by Russell Freedman
March (Trilogy) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
Votes of Confidence: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections by Jeff Fleischer
March of the Suffragettes: Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the March for Voting Rights by Zachary Michael Jack
March (Trilogy) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America by Tommy Jenkins
1776 - Voting is controlled by individual state legislatures. Only white men age 21 and older who own land can vote.
1868 - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants full citizenship rights, including voting rights, to all men born or naturalized in the United States.
1870 - The 15th Amendment guaranteed the right to vote to all men, regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
1920 - The 19th Amendment officially extended the right to vote to women.
1924 - The Indian Citizenship Act grants Native Americans citizenship and voting rights.
1964 - The Civil Rights Act is passed to ensure that all men and women age 21 and older, regardless of race, religion, or education, have the right to vote.
The 24th Amendment was adopted, prohibiting poll taxes in federal elections.
1965 - Voting Rights Act prohibits conditioning the right to vote on a citizen being able to read or write, attaining a particular level of education, or passing an interpretation “test.”
Registration and voting rights are now federally enforced.
1971 - The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowers the voting age to 18.
1975 - Voting Rights Act expanded to protect members of language minority groups. The amendments required jurisdictions with significant numbers of voters who have limited or no proficiency in English to provide voting materials in other languages and to provide multilingual assistance at the polls.
1984 - The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act requires polling places to be accessible to for elderly individuals and people with disabilities.