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.
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.