Officials say Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is on an overseas educational trip to instruct servicemen and women on absentee voting.
Schedler spokesman Sailor Jackson said Tuesday the secretary has been to Kuwait and Qatar as part of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Jackson said Schedler left Saturday.
Schedler said the trip allows him to assist servicemen with voting in Louisiana while they are serving overseas.
A military or overseas citizen can request absentee ballots but the request must be received by the parish registrar of voters at least one day before an election. And the ballot must be received via mail or fax by the date of the election.
The congressional and presidential election is Nov. 6.