How to VOTE

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Voting Deadline is March 1st, 2021.  

Cast your Vote:

2020-2021 School-Year Voting Links (Forthcoming)

3-5th Grade

  • Student Voting Link - Forthcoming This link is for students to vote for their favorite book individually online. 
  • Librarian / Teacher Link - Forthcoming This is for educators to enter combined student votes from paper ballots and voting machines.

6-8th Grade

  • Student Voting Link - Forthcoming This link is for students to vote for their favorite book individually online.
  • Librarian / Teacher Link -  Forthcoming This is for educators to enter combined student votes from paper ballots and voting machines.

9-12th Grade

  • Student Voting Link - Forthcoming This link is for students to vote for their favorite book individually online.
  • Librarian / Teacher Link - Forthcoming This is for educators to enter combined student votes from paper ballots and voting machines.

* Voting Machine information at the bottom of page

To be Qualified to Vote Each Student:

  • Must read 3 or more titles on the ballot.
  • Must live in Louisiana.
  • Must be in grades 3-5, 6-8th, 9-12th (or equivalent).
  • Students with special needs may participate regardless of their grade.
  • May vote only once and vote for only one book

How To Submit Votes:

  • Each student may vote in his/her participating school or public library.
  • Teachers and librarians must total the votes of their class or group and submit the tally. Individual ballots from students in groups will not be accepted. You may submit your votes online with the Vote Submittal Forms above.
  • The Vote Submittal Forms may be submitted online (see the links above) or printed and faxed to (225) 219-4804.
  • The Vote Submittal Forms may be mailed to Library Development, State Library of Louisiana, PO Box 131, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
  • Children who do not have access to a participating school or library may submit the Vote Submittal Form directly from the web site or they may mail or fax the ballot.
  • Blind and physically handicapped students may submit their votes directly to the Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Call 1-800-543-4702.
  • The Vote Submittal Forms must be filled out completely with name and complete address. Incomplete forms will not be counted.

** Questions or comments may be directed to Jamie Hebert, Administrative Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (225) 342-4996.


How to Request Voting Machines for Your School:

*Please note: Requests for voting machines are being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year, but there is continued uncertainty due to Covid-19. We remain hopeful. If the SOS's Voter Outreach Division is not able to have the voting machines at the schools in January, they will contact you.

Contact: Secretary of State Voter Outreach Division
Leigh Westmoreland
225.362.5139  Office
225.922.2910 Fax
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The Secretary of State's Voter Outreach Division provides electronic voting machines upon which students can cast their vote for their favorite book. The Secretary of State believes that this is an excellent civic and educational opportunity. The voting machines are available through the month of January. Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee that the voting machines will be able to visit your school. The voting machines are very popular and hundreds of schools request them. The Secretary of State's Office accomodates as many school requests for voting machines as they can each year. If you are not able to have the voting machines this year, please request them again next year. 

You may email or fax in your request.

When requesting the voting machines please include:
• Contact name and phone number
• School’s name and address
• Grade level(s) participating
• Approximate number of students participating in each grade level
• Be sure to send in your request NO LATER THAN December 1.

*Please remember that the voting machines do not send the votes to the State Library. You still must submit the Tally of the votes to the State Library or your students' votes will not be counted.