Qualifying for Elected Office

Candidates for local offices "qualify" with the clerk of court for local elections, meaning they file a Notice of Candidacy form and submit the appropriate fee (see link to schedule below). The clerk of court does not attest to or confirm a candidate's qualifications. Qualifying for regional or statewide offices is handled by the Louisiana Secretary of State. The qualifying period lasts 3 days generally 6-8 weeks prior to an election. To challenge an individual's candidacy, one must file suit in the 25th Judicial District Court.

***Pursuant to the election of Sen. Troy Carter to U.S. Congress, the President of the La. State Senate has called a special election to fill the vacancy of Senate District 7. The candidate qualifying period will be held Wednesday, May 5 through Friday, May 7, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Candidates may sign Notices of Candidacy and submit the appropriate fee at either of the clerk of court's locations: Plaquemines Parish Courthouse, 18055 Hwy. 15, Pointe-a-la-Hache, or Courthouse Annex Bldg., 301 Main St., Belle Chasse. The primary election will be held Saturday, June 12 with a run-off (if necessary) held on Saturday, July 10, 2021.***

Candidate qualifying for the October 9, 2021, Primary Election will be conducted Wednesday, July 14 through Friday, July 16, 2021.


To see who has qualified for elected office, follow this link to the Secretary of State’s web site and click on “Races in a Parish,” then select “Plaquemines.” 

Qualifying by Agent Affidavit: 

When an agent files a notice of candidacy on behalf of a candidate, the candidate shall file with the qualifying official Agent Affidavit form attesting that the agent has the authorization and consent of the candidate to file the notice.