To request help from the Advocacy Center, call 1-800-960-7705 (Voice or via 711 Relay) or 1-855-861-3577 (TTY) or email advocacycenter@advocacyla.org. Our intake specialist will contact you within 1-2 business days to discuss your issue in detail and determine if AC can help.

Information on AC's Voting Work

In the area of voting, the Advocacy Center may be able to help Louisiana residents with disabilities with issues related to:

  • Polling place accessibility
  • Restoration and preservation of voting rights in interdiction or continuing tutorship proceedings
  • Voter registration
  • Training for election officials
  • General or disability specific voting questions
  • Voting rights training
  • Accessible political campaigns

Call or email for more information or to request help.

Visit our survey page to share your opinion about the work of the Advocacy Center.

2013 and 2014 Election Dates

October 19, 2013 (Open Primary)

Early Voting Dates: Saturday, October 5, 2013 to Saturday, October 12, 2013 

November 16, 2013 (Open General)

Early Voting Dates: Saturday, November 2, 2013 to Saturday, November 9, 2013

February 1, 2014 (ORLEANS PARISH ONLY: Municipal/Parochial Primary)

Early Voting Dates: Saturday, January 18, 2014 to Saturday, January 25, 2014

March 15, 2014 (ORLEANS PARISH ONLY: Municipal/Parochial General)

Early Voting Dates: Saturday, March 1, 2014 to Saturday, March 8, 2014

April 5, 2014 (ALL PARISHES EXCEPT ORLEANS: Municipal Primary)

Early Voting Dates: Saturday, March 22, 2013 to Saturday, March 29, 2013

May 3, 2014 (ALL PARISHES EXCEPT ORLEANS: Municipal General; ORLEANS PARISH: Propositions only)

Early Voting Dates: Saturday, April 19, 2014 to Saturday, April 26, 2014

November 4, 2014 (ALL PARISHES: Open Primary/Congressional)

         Early Voting Dates: Tuesday, October 22, 2014 to Tuesday, October 28, 2014

December 6, 2014 (ALL PARISHES: Open General/Congressional)

         Early Voting Dates: Tuesday, November 22, 2014 to Tuesday, November 29, 2014

Advocacy Center Voting Hotline

Advocacy Center staff is available from 6 am to 8 pm on major election days to answer questions and provide resources for voting issues.  Call 1-800-960-7705 or email advocacycenter@advocacyla.org for help.

In addition, staff is available for voting assistance during regular business hours.

Polling Place Accessibility

The Advocacy Center is committed to ensuring that polling places are accessible.  Common problems include no designated accessible parking, inaccessible entrance, stairs, no signage, barriers in the path of travel (cords, pots, planters), door handles that aren’t accessible, etc.  If you find an accessibility problem, please let the Advocacy Center know and tell the poll workers so that the problem can be corrected. 

Accessibility of the Voting Process

There are many features available to make voting more accessible for people with disabilities.  These include a 8 ½ x 11 magnifying glass to magnify ballots or other materials, audio voting attachments for all voting machines so that voters can listen to the ballot and vote using a keypad, and voting machines that can be lowered to allow a voter who uses a wheelchair to vote independently.  Ask the election officials or poll workers for help.

Filing a Complaint about Voting Accessibility

Contact the Advocacy Center for assistance in filing a complaint regarding voting accessibility, or other disability related issues.

Recent News -

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AC Testifies at National Commission on Voting Rights Hearing

On Monday, April 7, 2014, the National Committee on Voting Rights held a hearing in New Orleans, LA to hear testimony on problems, successes and opportunities for reform in all aspects of voting in Louisiana. The Advocacy Center's Director of Policy & Planning, Stephanie Patrick, testified on voting issues for individuals with disabilities.

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Don't Forget To Vote on November 16th!

Voters in some parishes will head to the polls on November 16, 2013 to choose a new Representative for the 5th Congressional District, and candidates for municipal offices. Read more to check your voting eligibility, as well as alert AC to any disability-related voting issues you encounter.

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5th Congressional Candidates Share Views on Disability Issues

Voters in the 5th Congressional District will select a new Congressman on Saturday, October 19, 2013. The Advocacy Center surveyed candidates on a variety of important issues for people with disabilities, including home and community-based services, employment, transportation, education, and voting.

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