The 2018 primary election is just a few weeks away, and early voting starts in Louisiana on Oct. 23.

Early voting around New OrleansIn Louisiana, you can vote early from Oct. 23 through Oct. 30, excluding Sunday, Oct. 28. Early voting locations are not the same as your normal polling place. Here’s where you can vote early: Orleans Parish: 4 locations Jefferson Parish: 3 locations St. Tammany Parish: 3 locations St. Bernard Parish: Registrar of Voters Office, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, ChalmetteWatch the votes come in at The LensAfter the polls close on Election Day on Nov. 6, we’ll track election results for Congress, State Constitutional Amendments and local races in Orleans Parish. Go to

This year, for the second time, The Lens is partnering with ProPublica’s Electionland, a nationwide coalition of newsrooms that are covering voting problems.

In 2016, Electionland newsrooms went through thousand of tips from a legal call center hotline, as well as thousands of text messages and social media posts.

Using those tips, The Lens reported on a mix-up that delayed voting at a site in Algiers. And we debunked a video from Hammond that purported to show poll workers discussing a machine that had votes on it before anyone had cast a ballot.

We need to know if you see anything that could prevent people from voting — things like long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting locations.

If you’re interested in participating in Electionland, sign up to help report voting problems in your area by:

Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado is the editor of The Lens. He previously worked as The Lens' government accountability reporter, covering local politics and criminal justice. Prior to joining The Lens, he worked for...