November 4th may seem like a long way off, but not to candidates for that day's elections.
The 3-day qualifying period begins on Wednesday.
Candidates for federal and statewide offices will file their paperwork and pay their fees at the Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge while candidates for local offices will qualify in their home parishes.
Melinda Deslatte of the Associated Press says voters should prepare for an onslaught of near-constant television and radio ads and a blitz of robo-calls as candidates will have about 10 weeks to make their pitches to voters.
At the top of the ballot will be congressional races, with the most attention going to Mary Landrieu's bid to win a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.