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 and who are eligible to vote in Louisiana 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.

Using the Diplomatic Pouch

The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service from the embassy to a U.S. sorting facility. You may drop off your election materials at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, or mail them to us.  Read more about sending your voting materials to the U.S. through the diplomatic pouch on our website.

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.

If you would like more information, or need help with the absentee voting process, please contact the Voting Assistance Officer at U.S. Embassy Oslo at voteOslo@state.gov.