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On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed proclamations setting the dates for special elections in Louisiana, after consultation with Louisiana’s Secretary of State. For the Congressional elections, the primary will be on March 20 and the runoff, if necessary, will be April 24.

There will be an election in Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District following the tragic death of Luke Letlow following a battle with COVID-19. In Louisiana’s Second Congressional District, Congressman Cedric Richmond will resign to work at the White House. The qualifying period for these elections will be from January 20 to January 22, 2021.



Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district contains nearly all of the city of New Orleans and stretches west and north to Baton Rouge. Click here to read the proclamation for the second congressional district.

The 5th congressional district encompasses rural northeastern Louisiana and much of central Louisiana, as well as the northern part of Louisiana’s Florida parishes in southeast Louisiana, including in Monroe, Alexandria, Opelousas, Amite and Bogalusa. Click here to read the proclamation for the fifth congressional district.