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.
The next candidate qualifying period is January 20-22, 2021, for the March 20 primary election. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and candidates may qualify 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., Ste. 108, Belle Chasse.
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. The schedule of qualifying fees may be accessed here below.