> Complete a Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot > Louisiana
If you requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received it, you can still vote by using the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
In order to be eligible to use this back-up ballot, you must:
Louisiana allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in general elections for Federal office.
Open Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
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Only the following blocks of the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation are required:
Block 1: Louisiana does not allow you to use this form for
registration. Do not check the registration block.
Block 2: Select the category that describes you.
Block 3: Name (Last, First, Middle)
Block 4: Sex
Date of Birth
Enter your valid Louisiana Driver's License number, the last
four digits of your Social Security number, OR your State
voter registration number.
Block 5: Recommended but not required. Provide your
contact information to allow your local election official to
follow up if more information is required.
Block 7: Complete street address of your Louisiana voting
residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your
address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block
9. This address must be within the parish where you claim
legal voting residence.
Block 8: Enter your current mailing address.
Block 9: Provide any information that may assist the local
election official in accepting this ballot or application.
Affirmation: Sign and date. No witness or notary required.
Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and seal.
Open Security Envelope Template
Open Postage-Paid Envelope Template
The postage-paid envelope may be used in the U.S. postal system which includes: all U.S. Military Post Offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. Embassies/Consulates
You must mail your back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to your local election official. Find your county or city in the address list below to locate your election official.
Open Election Official Address List
Don't know your county? Go to the county finder. Don't know your zip code? Go to the United States Postal Service website.
Emergency procedures exist to submit the FWAB by fax for a military or overseas voter who does not receive the absentee ballot by the 14th day before the election, or makes a request within this 14 day time period. The Registrar of Voters will notify the voter of the emergency procedures and work with the voter in submitting the FWAB by fax.
If you choose to fax, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local election official (fax numbers can be found on Louisiana State Election website). Include ballot, voter
affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use our toll-free fax service:
Inside the U.S.? Fax to:
Outside the U.S.? Show me a list of toll-free fax numbers.
Open Fax Coversheet
More Information on Louisiana's Absentee Voting Guidelines
Louisiana State Election website
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Last updated: 10.24.2013