Voter Identification Laws

Last updated May 04, 2014
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Information on federal requirements for first-time voter ID was taken directly from the Help America Vote Act of 2002.  We gathered a lot of our information on in-person voters from The National Conference of State Legislatures.  We contacted the Secretary of States' offices directly to ask them about absentee voter identification. 

We've made every attempt to keep this information up-to-date, but voter identification laws change frequently.  Please contact your Local Election Official if you have questions about voter identification in your state.  

Federal ID Requirements for First-time Voters (HAVA)

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) established voter ID requirements for voters who register by mail.  You must meet these requirements the first-time you vote in a federal election in any state - even if you've voted before in another state.  

Here is HAVA in a nutshell: First-time voters should include their drivers license number on their voter registration forms or they should be prepared to show ID the first time they vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include: a current and valid photo identification (driver's license, US passport, student ID, military ID, work ID, tribal ID, etc) OR a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address.  

Military, overseas, disabled, and elderly voters who vote by absentee ballot are exempt from the HAVA ID requirements.  

States often have voter ID requirements that go above and beyond HAVA. Voter ID is a pain in the neck. Long Distance Voter is here to help. 

Alabama Voter ID Laws

NOTE: Alabama passed a strict photo ID law that will go into effect by the 2014 primary IF it passes preclearance by the US Deparment of Justice.  Until that time, the below ID requirements are in effect.

First-time voters: There are no special ID requirements for first time Alabama voters - All Alabama voters need to provide ID when voting in person or by absentee ballot.

In-person voters: All Alabama voters must show ID at the polls.  Acceptable forms of ID include the following:

  • Government-issued photo ID (current and valid);
  • Employee photo ID; Alabama college or university photo ID;
  • Alabama technical or professional school photo ID (current and valid);
  • Utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck, or paycheck with voter's name and address;
  • Valid ID card (authorized by law) issued by the State of Alabama or by any of the other 49 states or issued by the US government;
  • Valid US passport;
  • Valid Alabama hunting or fishing license;
  • Valid Alabama pistol or revolver permit;
  • Valid pilot's license;
  • Valid US military ID;
  • Birth certificate;
  • Valid Social Security card;
  • Naturalization document;
  • Court record of adoption;
  • Court record of name change;
  • Valid Medicaid or Medicare card;
  • Valid electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card;
  • Government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

Absentee voter ID rules:  All absentee voters must include a copy of ID in the outer envelope of their voted absentee ballots.   Acceptable forms of ID: Government-issued photo ID (current and valid); Employee photo ID; Alabama college or university photo ID; Alabama technical or professional school photo ID (current and valid); Utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck, or paycheck with voter's name and address; Valid ID card (authorized by law) issued by the State of Alabama or by any of the other 49 states or issued by the US government; Valid US passport; Valid Alabama hunting or fishing license; Valid Alabama pistol or revolver permit; Valid pilot's license; Valid US military ID; Birth certificate; Valid Social Security card; Naturalization document; Court record of adoption; Court record of name change; Valid Medicaid or Medicare card; Valid electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card; Government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

Source: Alabama Secretary of State's website.

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Alaska Voter ID Laws

First-time voters:  If you are registering to vote from outside the state of Alaska, you must provide proof of Alaska residency.  You can provide a copy of your current Alaska driver's license, Alaska hunting or fishing license, Student loan or college tuition documents showing Alaska as your state of residence, Proof of employment in Alaska indicating date of employment, or military leave and earnings statement that identifies Alaska as the state of legal residence.  Proof of your Alaska residency must be in your own name.  If you do not provide proof of Alaska residency, your application will not be processed.  Source: Alaska Divisions of Elections website

In-person voters: All Alaska voters must show ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID: Signed voter ID card; Driver's license; State ID card; Military ID card; Any other current and valid photo ID; US passport; Alaska hunting or fishing license; Current utility bill, paycheck, government check, bank statement or other government document that shows the name and Alaska address of the voter.  Source: State law

Absentee voters: Alaskan absentee voters do not need to provide ID.  

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Arizona Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you are registering for the first time in Arizona or you have moved to another county in Arizona, your voter registration form must also include proof of citizenship.  Your form will be rejected if you don't include proof of citizenship.  Acceptable proof of citizenship: An Arizona state issued ID (driver license or non-operating ID card issued after October 1, 1996); A legible photocopy of a birth certification that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name; A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of your passport; A copy of your U.S. naturalization documents; A copy of your Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth.  Source: Secretary of State website.

In-person voters: All voters must show either one form of photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID.  Acceptable forms of photo ID (one required):  Photo ID must show the voters name and address. Valid Arizona driver's license; Valid Arizona non-operating ID license; Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification; Valid US federal, state, or local government issued identification.  Acceptable forms of non-photo ID (two required): Non-photo ID must show the name and address of the voter. Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television; Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election; Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration; Indian census card; Property tax statement of the elector's residence; Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal ID; Recorder's Certificate; Valid US federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder; An identification is "valid" unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired. Source: Secretary of State website.

Absentee voters: Arizona will not issue an absentee ballot if the state cannot verify your identity or citizenship status when you make your request for a ballot.  Your County Recorder's Office will contact you if this is the case and demand that you provide proper identification.  Source: phone call with Arizona Secretary of State Elections Division.

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Arkansas Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: First time voters should include their Arkansas drivers license number (or state ID card number) on their forms.  If you forget and you plan on voting by absentee ballot, you'll need to include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application.  Acceptable ID includes: A current and valid photo identification; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address; or another government document that shows your name and address.  If you do not submit one of these forms of identification, you will vote a provisional ballot.  Source: Secretary of State website.

In-person voters: All voters need to show either a current and valid photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If you’re unable to provide ID, the official will note it on the Precinct Voter Registration List and you may vote a regular ballot. Source: Secretary of State website.

Absentee voters: The only absentee voters in Arkansas who need to provide ID are first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  Acceptable ID includes: A copy of a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

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California Voter ID Laws

California is a HAVA only state: only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when regstering to vote need to provide ID when voting.  

First-time voters: You should include your California drivers license number (or your CA state ID card number) on your voter registration form.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote.  Acceptable forms of ID include: Driver’s license of any state; US passport; An employee ID card; An ID card provided by a commercial establishment; Credit or debit card; Military ID card; Student ID card; Health club ID card; Insurance plan ID card. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID: Utility bill; Bank statement; Government check; Government paycheck; Document issued by a governmental agency; Sample ballot; Voter notification card; Public housing ID card; Lease or rental statement or agreement; Student ID card; Tuition statement or bill; Insurance plan card; Discharge certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued to the voter in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence, or other matter; Senior citizen discount cards issued by public transportation authorities; ID documents issued by government disability agencies; ID documents issued by government homeless shelters and other temporary or transitional facilities; Drug prescription provided by a doctor or other health care provider; Tax return; Property tax statement; Vehicle registration or certificate of ownership; any other document specified in writing by the Secretary of State that includes the name and address of the individual presenting it, and is dated since the date of the last general election. Any doubts regarding the sufficiency of identification presented shall be resolved in favor of the voter. Source: California Code of Regulations

In-person voters: The only California voters who need to provide ID when voting in-person are first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.    (See above for accepted forms of ID.) 

Absentee voters: The only California voters who need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot are first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.   (See above for accepted forms of ID.) 

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Colorado Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: You should include your Colorado drivers license number or Colorado non-driver ID number on your voter registration form. If not, you'll need to provide ID when you vote.  The following forms of ID are acceptable, as long as they show a Colorado address:

  • A valid Colorado driver's license;
  • A valid ID card issued by the Department of Revenue;
  • A valid US passport;
  • A valid employee ID card with your photograph, provided the card was issued by a government employer;
  • A valid pilot's license;
  • A military ID card;
  • A valid Medicaid or Medicare card;
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate;
  • A certified document of naturalization;
  • A valid student ID card issued by a Colorado university or college;
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Colorado address.

In-person voters: All Colorado voters need to show ID at the polls.  The following forms of ID are acceptable, as long as they show a Colorado address: 

  • A valid Colorado driver's license; 
  • A valid ID card issued by the Department of Revenue; 
  • A valid US passport; 
  • A valid employee ID card with your photograph, provided the card was issued by a government employer; 
  • A valid pilot's license; 
  • A military ID card; 
  • A valid Medicaid or Medicare card; 
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate; 
  • A certified document of naturalization; 
  • A valid student ID card issued by a Colorado university or college; 
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Colorado address.

Absentee voters: The only Colorado voters who need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot are first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.   (See above for accepted forms of ID.) 

Source: Colorado Secretary of State's website

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Connecticut Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: You should put your Connecticut drivers license number - or CT state ID card number - on your voter registration form.  Don't worry if you forget: all Connecticut voters must show ID at the polls and first-time voters who vote by absentee ballot can provide ID with their voted absentee ballot.  

In-person voters: All voters must show ID at the polls.

  • First-time voters who registered to vote by mail for the first time on or after January 1, 2003, shall provide either a current and valid photo ID that shows the elector's name and address or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector.
  • Everyone else shall (1) present to the checkers the elector's Social Security card or any other preprinted form of ID which shows the elector's name and address or elector's name and photograph, or (2) on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, write the elector's residential address and date of birth, print the elector's name and sign a statement under penalty of false statement that the elector is the elector whose name appears on the official checklist. Source: State law

Absentee voters: Only first-time Connecticut voters need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. Source: Secretary of State website

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Delaware Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: You should put your Delaware drivers license number - or Delaware state ID card number - on your voter registration form.  Don't worry if you forget: all Delaware voters must show ID at the polls, and first-time voters who vote by absentee ballot can provide ID with their absentee ballot applications.    

In-person voters:  All voters must show ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include one of the following:

  • A current and valid photo ID (Delaware driver's license, Delaware state ID card, US passport, student ID, employee ID, military ID); 
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Delaware address.  Source: State election website - voter guide

Absentee voters:  The only Delaware absentee voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (Delaware driver's license, state ID card, US passport, student ID, employee ID, military ID);
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Delaware address.  Source: State election website - voter guide

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District of Columbia Voter ID Laws

The District of Columbia is a HAVA-only area - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: You should include your DC drivers license number or DC non-driver ID number on your voter registration form. If not, you'll need to provide ID when you vote.  The following forms of ID are acceptable, as long as they show a DC address:

  • A copy of a current driver’s license or other photo ID which shows your name;
  • A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document which shows your DC name and address. Source: District election website

In-person voters: The only DC voters who need to provide ID at the polls are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote. (See above for accepted forms of ID.) 

Absentee voters: The only DC voters who need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote. (See above for accepted forms of ID.) 

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Florida Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: You should include your Florida drivers license number - or state ID card number - on your voter registration form.  Don't worry if you forget: all Florida voters need to show ID at the polls, and you can always provide ID with your absentee ballot application if you required.  

In-person voters: All voters must provide a current and valid photo ID.  Acceptable forms of ID: a copy of a current and valid photo identification (Florida driver's license, state ID card, US passport, student ID, employee ID, military ID).  If your photo ID does not include a signature you must also provide an additional ID that includes your signature.  Source: Florida Division of Elections website.  

Absentee voters:  The only Florida absentee voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  These voters must include a copy of their ID with their absentee ballot applications.  Acceptable forms of ID: a copy of a current and valid photo identification (Florida driver's license, state ID card, US passport, student ID, employee ID, military ID); or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. Sources: direct email with the Secretary of State's office; Florida voter registration guide

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Georgia Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: You should include your Georgia drivers license number - or state ID card number - on your voter registration form.  Don't worry if you forget: all Georgia voters need to show ID at the polls, and you can always provide ID with your absentee ballot application if you required.  

In-person voters: All voters must show photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID: Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID; Free ID card issued by the state of Georgia or the US government; Georgia driver's License, even if expired; valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state; US passport; military photo ID; tribal photo ID. If you come to the polls without one of these forms of ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot.  You will have up to two days after the election to present appropriate photo ID at your county registrar's office in order for your ballot to be counted. This two-day grace period applies to first-time voters as well. Source: Secretary of State website .

Absentee voters: The only Georgia voters who need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote. These voters must include a copy of their ID with their absentee ballot applications.  Acceptable forms of ID: A copy of a current and valid photo identification (Georgia driver's license, state ID card, US passport, student ID, employee ID, military ID); or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. Source: Secretary of State website.

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Hawaii Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: First-time Hawaii voters should include a copy of their IDs with their voter registration forms.  Don't worry if you forget, however: all Hawaii voters must show ID at the polls and you can include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application if you decide to vote absentee.  Acceptable forms of ID:  A current and valid photo ID (Hawaii driver's license, US passport, student ID, military ID, employee ID, tribal ID); or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows your name and Hawaii address. Source: Secretary of State website

In-person voters: All voters must show a photo ID that includes a signature at the polls. First-time voters who do not provide ID will have to cast a provisional ballot.  Any other voter who lack ID will be asked to recite his/her date of birth and residence address to corroborate the information provided in the poll book.  Source: Office of Elections website.

Absentee voters: All absentee voters must provide their Social Security Numbers when applying for an absentee ballot.  If you do not have or do not know your Social Security Number, contact your county elections offices to find out what your options are.First-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote must also include a copy of their ID with their absentee ballot applications.  Acceptable forms of ID: A current and valid photo identification (Hawaii driver's license, US passport, student ID, military ID, employee ID, tribal ID); or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows your name and Hawaii address. Source: Secretary of State website

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Idaho Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you register by mail, you must submit a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. Acceptable forms of ID: A current and valid photo ID such as an Idaho driver's license or state ID card; a current and valid student photo ID and a fee statement with an address in the precinct; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Idaho address. 

In-person voters: All voters are required to present photo ID at the polls.  Acceptable forms of ID: An Idaho driver's license or state ID card; US passport or federal photo ID card; a tribal photo ID card; or a current student photo ID, issued by an Idaho high school or post secondary education institution. A poll worker must verify that the picture on the ID matches the voter.  The name on the ID must also match the name on the voter registration list in the poll book. Common abbreviations and nicknames are acceptable.  However, a name change requires the voter to re-register. If a voter is not able to show an acceptable ID, the voter will be given the option to sign a Personal Identification Affidavit, swearing to his/her identity under penalty of perjury (a felony).  After signing the Affidavit, the voter will be issued a ballot to be tabulated with all other ballots.

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Idaho at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application.  (Acceptable forms of ID are listed above.)

Source: Idaho voter's guide

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Illinois Voter ID Laws

Illinois is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: If you register to vote by mail, you must include a copy of your ID.  If you forget, you'll have to vote in person the first time you vote (i.e. you will not be allowed to vote by absentee ballot).  Acceptable forms of ID are: a copy of a current and valid photo identification OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Illinois at least once. If you are a first time voter who registered by mail, you should be prepared to show ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID: A copy of a current and valid photo identification; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If you use a photo ID with an address, the address must match the one at which you wish to register. If you use a non-photo ID, the document must show your name and address. You must present ID to the election officials before you vote. Source: State Voter Guide

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Illinois at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, you may not vote by absentee ballot. Source: State Voter Guide

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Indiana Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you register to vote by mail, you must include a copy of one of the following acceptable forms of ID with your voter registration form: An Indiana driver’s license or other current and valid photo ID that shows your name and Indiana address; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Indiana address.

In-person voters: All in-person voters must show a government issued photo ID. A photo ID must meet four criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes: (1) It must include your photo, (2) it must show your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record, (3) it must show an expiration date, and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 2, 2010), and  (4) it must have been issued by the state of Indiana or the US government.  In most cases, an Indiana driver's license, Indiana photo ID card, US passport, or military ID is sufficient. A student ID from an Indiana state school may be used if it meets all four criteria.  A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes. Exemptions do exist for the indigent, those with a religious objection to being photographed, and those living in state-licensed facilities that serve as their precinct's polling place.

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Indiana at least once. If you are a first-time Indiana voter and you did not include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must include it with your absentee ballot application.  Accceptable ID includes:  An Indiana driver’s license or other current and valid photo ID that shows your name and Indiana address; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Indiana address.

Source: Secretary of State website.

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Iowa Voter ID Laws

Iowa is currenlty is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.  

First-time voters: You must include your Iowa drivers license number (or Iowa state ID card number) on your voter registration form.  If you don't, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A current photo ID with your name and Iowa address; or a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document which shows your name and Iowa address. Source: Secretary of State website

In-person voters:  Only first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote must show ID at the polls.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo identification; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.  Source: Secretary of State website

Absentee voters: Only first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote must provide ID when voting absentee.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo ID (driver's license, state ID card, US passport, student ID, employee ID, military ID); or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and Iowa address of the voter.  Source: Secretary of State website

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Kansas Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you're registering for the first time, and do not have a Kansas driver's license number or Kansas non-driver ID card number, then you must include a copy of photo ID with your voter registration form.  Your ID must have your name and photograph, and must not be expired. Acceptable forms of current and valid photo ID:  A driver's license issued by Kansas or by another state; A concealed carry handgun license issued by Kansas or by another state; US passport; Employee badge or ID document issued by a government office; Military ID; Student ID issued by an accredited post-secondary institution in Kansas; Indian tribe ID card; or government-issued public assistance ID card. Expired documents are only allowed if the bearer is aged 65 or older.

In-person voters: All voters must show photo ID at the polls.  (See above for accepted forms of ID.)  The following are exempted from the photo ID requirement: Persons with a permanent physical disability that makes it impossible for them to travel to obtain voting ID and who have permanent advance voting status; members of the merchant marine and uniformed service members who are on active duty and absent from the county on election day, as well as their spouses and dependents; and any voter whose religious beliefs prohibit photographic ID.

Absentee voters: When you apply for your absentee ballot, you must provide a copy of photo ID.  (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

(Source: KS Statues §25-2908 and §25-1122)

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Kentucky Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you register by mail, you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A Kentucky driver's license or other photo ID that shows the voter's name and Kentucky address; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter's name and Kentucky address. You must also bring one of these forms of physical ID with you to the polls the first time you vote.

In-person voters: If you have already voted in Kentucky at least once, you must produce one of the following forms of ID: Kentucky driver’s license, Social Security card, credit card, or another form of ID containing both picture and signature. In addition, an already-registered voter who has voted in Kentucky at least once will be allowed to vote if the precinct officer can attest that the voter is a personal acquaintance.  Source: Secretary of State website.

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Kentucky at least once.  The County Clerk will not mail an absentee ballot if they cannot verify your identity, so you'll need to contact your County Clerk to verify your voting status if you are a first time voter in Kentucky.  Acceptable forms of ID include:  A Kentucky driver's license or other photo ID that shows the voter's name and Kentucky address; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter's name and Kentucky address.  Once your voting status is verified, you may request an absentee ballot from your County Clerk.  Source: phone call with Kentucky Secretary of State Elections Division.

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Louisiana Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you registered by mail and have not previously voted in the parish where you registered, you must vote in person the first time you vote. You may vote during the early voting period or on election day. First-time voters must meet the same requirements as "in-person voters."

In-person voters: All voters must show photo ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of photo ID: A Louisiana driver's license; a Louisiana special ID card; or any other generally recognized picture ID card. If you do not have a picture ID card, you may sign an affidavit which will be attached to the precinct register, and you will be required to provide further identification as requested by the Commissioner at the polling place.  Source: Secretary of State  website.

Absentee voters: Although Louisiana law does not require it, we strongly recommend providing a copy of a photo ID (Lousiana driver’s license, Louisiana special ID card or other photo ID with your name and signature) every time you apply for your absentee ballot.  If you are a disabled voter you may instead include a special letter listing the names and addresses of two persons residing in your precinct who could make oath, if required, to the fact that you are physically disabled.

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Maine Voter ID Laws

Maine is a HAVA only state: only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when regstering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: If you register to vote by mail, you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. Acceptable ID includes: A current and valid Maine driver’s license or other photo ID that shows your Maine address; or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and Maine address.  Source: Secretary of State voter guide

In-person voters: You do not need to show ID if you have already voted in Maine at least once. First-time voters who did not meet the above ID requirements must show ID at the polls. (See above for accepted forms of ID.) Source: Secretary of State voter guide

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Maine at least once.  If you're voting for the first time in Maine, and you did not include your ID with your voter registration form, you must include a copy with your absentee ballot application.  (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

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Maryland Voter ID Laws

Maryland is a HAVA only state: only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: If you are a first-time voter and do not have a Maryland driver's license number or MVA-issued ID card number, you must provide a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo ID (such as a Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student photo ID card, employee photo ID card, military photo ID card); or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the your name and Maryland address.  Source: State election website

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Maryland at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered, you must show acceptable ID at the polls. (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Maryland at least once. If you are a first time voter and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

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Massachusetts Voter ID Laws

Maine is a HAVA only state: only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when regstering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: If you are registering for the first time in Massachusetts, you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. Your ID must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. Acceptable ID includes: A current and valid photo ID, such as a Massachusetts driver's license; or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and Massachusetts address.  Source: Massachusetts Election Division's website

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Massachusetts at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered, you must show acceptable ID at the polls.  (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Massachusetts at least once. If you are a first time voter and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application.  (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

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Michigan Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you don't include your Michigan driver's license number or your Michigan state ID card number on your voter registration form, then you must include a copy of your ID.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo ID (such as a Michigan driver's license or personal state ID card); or a copy of a paycheck, utility bill, bank statement or government document that shows your name and Michigan address.

In-person voters: All voters must show a photo ID or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID: Michigan driver's license or a Michigan personal ID card. A voter who does not have either of these may show any of the following, as long as they are current: A driver's license or personal ID card issued by another state; Federal or state government-issued photo ID; US passport; Military ID with photo ; Student ID with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher education; Tribal ID with photo.  Source: State guidelines

Absentee voters: There are no ID requirements for voters who have already voted in person at least once.  First-time voters who registered to vote by mail must vote in person the first time they vote - they are not allowed to vote by absentee mail-in ballot.

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Minnesota Voter ID Laws

Minnesota is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.  

First-time voters: You must include your Minnesota drivers license number or Minnesota State ID card number on your voter registration form.  If you forget, you'll need to provide proof of residency the first time you vote.  Your ID must establish your identity AND your residency.  Acceptable forms of ID include: 

 

  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
  • A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
  • A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature 
  • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address 
  • A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk

If you don't have any of the above, you can provide a current utility bill due within 30 days of election day; a current rent statement statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities; or a current student fee statement AND one of the following: 

  • Minnesota Driver's License
  • Minnesota ID Card
  • United States Passport
  • United States Military ID Card
  • Tribal ID Card
  • Minnesota University, College, or Technical College ID Card

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State website.

In-person voters:  If you have already voted in Minnesota and have not moved or changed your name, you do not need to provide ID. If you have moved (even from one apartment to another) or changed your name, you will need to re-register to vote and will need to provide proof of residence.  You can find the list of acceptable forms of proof of residence on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Absentee voters:  If you have already voted in Minnesota and have not moved or changed your name, you do not need to provide ID. If you have moved (even from one apartment to another) or changed your name, you will need to re-register to vote and will need to provide proof of residence.  You can find the list of acceptable forms of proof of residence on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

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Mississippi Voter ID Laws

Mississippi is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: You must include your Mississippi driver's license number (or state ID card number) on your voter registration form if you are registering to vote for the first time in your county.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable ID includes: A copy of a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address. Source: Secretary of State website

In-person voters:  You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in your county at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the ID requirments above, you must show ID at the polls. Acceptable ID includes: A current and valid photo ID; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck, paychec, or any other government document that shows your name and address. Source: Secretary of State website

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in your county at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the ID requirments above, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot applicaiton. Acceptable ID includes: A current and valid photo ID; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck, paychec, or any other government document that shows your name and address. Source: Secretary of State website

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Missouri Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you register to vote by mail, then you must submit a copy of your ID with your voter registration form.  Acceptable forms of ID include: ID issued by the federal government, state of Missouri, or a local election authority; ID issued by a Missouri institution (public or private) of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school; Driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter.

In-person voters: All voters must show ID. (See above for accepted forms of ID.)  Source: Secretary of State website

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Missouri at least once.  If you are a first time voter and you did not submit a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must submit ID with your absentee ballot application.   (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

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Montana Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you don't include your Montana driver's license number or your non-driver's ID card number on your voter registration form, then you need to include a copy of your ID.  If you forget, you'll need to show ID when you vote for the first time in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A copy of a photo ID that shows your name (such as a valid driver’s license, school ID, state ID, or tribal ID); or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Montana address.

In-person voters: All voters must show ID. Acceptable forms of ID: Any current photo ID that shows your name (such as a valid driver’s license, school ID, state ID, or tribal ID); or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter confirmation notice, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address. Source: Secretary of State Website

Absentee voters: You don't need to provide ID if you've already voted in Montana at least once.  If you are a first-time Montana voter, and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered to vote, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application.  Acceptable ID includes a photo ID that shows your name (such as a valid driver’s license, school ID, state ID, or tribal ID); or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and Montana address.  Source: phone call with Montana Secretary of State Elections Division.

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Nebraska Voter ID Laws

Nebraska is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.  

First-time voters: If you are registering for the first time in your county, you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. Acceptable forms of ID include: A copy of a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that is dated within 60 days immediately prior to the date of presentation, and shows the name and Nebraska residence address provided on the voter registration application.

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in your county at least once. If you are a first-time voter in your county and you failed to meet the ID requirements above, you must show one of the forms of ID listed above.

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in your county at least once. If you are a first-time voter in your county and you failed to meet the ID requirements above, you must show one of the forms of ID listed above.

Source: Nebraska Secretary of State's website

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Nevada Voter ID Laws

Nevada is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: If you register by mail, you must provide a copy of your ID with your voter registration form.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A copy of a current and valid photo ID (such as a Nevada driver's license, Nevada ID card, Armed Forces ID card, Sheriff's work ID card, Student ID card, US passport, Tribal ID card, or an ID card issued by an agency of the state of Nevada or other political subdivision); or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or document issued by a governmental entity, including a check which indicates the name and Nevada address of the person, but not including a voter registration card.

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Nevada at least once.  If you are a first-time Nevada voter and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered, you must show one of the forms of ID listed above. Source: State law

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Nevada at least once.  If you are a first-time Nevada voter and you did not include a copy of your ID with your registration form, you must show one of the forms of ID listed above.

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New Hampshire Voter ID Laws

New Hampshire's new voter ID law will be in effect for the November 6, 2012 election. 

In-person voters: All are required to show photo ID at the polls.  If you cannot provide photo ID, you may still vote if you sign a "challenged voter affidavit."

The new law will be implemented in two stages, as detailed below.

From November 1, 2012 through August 30, 2013, the following will be accepted:

  • A driver's license from NH or any other state, regardless of expiration date
  • A photo ID card issued by the NH director of motor vehicles
  • A voter ID card issued under R.S. 260:21
  • A U.S. armed services photo ID card
  • A U.S. passport, regardless of expiration date
  • A valid student ID card
  • Any other valid photo ID issued by federal, state, county or municipal government
  • Any other photo ID that is determined to be legitimate by the supervisors of the checklist, the moderator, or the town or city clerk, provided that if any person authorized to challenge a voter under RSA 659:27 objects to the use of such photo identification, the voter shall be required to execute a qualified voter affidavit as if no identification was presented.

Starting September 1, 2013, the following will be accepted if the name on the ID is substantially similar to that on the voter registration record and the expiration date does not exceed five years:

  • A driver's license from any state
  • A non-driver ID issued by the motor vehicle agency of any state
  • A U.S. armed services ID card
  • A U.S. passport

Absentee voters: You do not need to include a copy of your ID if you are already registered to vote, or if you have already voted in New Hampshire at least once.  You must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application if you are not yet registered to vote. (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

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New Jersey Voter ID Laws

New Jersey is a HAVA only state: only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: If you don't  include your New Jersey driver's license number or your non-driver ID number on your voter registration form, you must include a copy of your ID with your form.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.   Acceptable forms of ID include: A New Jersey driver's license or other photo identification that shows your name (such as a military or other government ID, a student or job ID, or a store membership card); or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, car registration, rent receipt, samply ballot, non-photo New Jersey driver's license, or other government document that shows your name and New Jersey address.

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you already voted in New Jersey at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the ID requirements above, you must show ID at the polls.  (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

Absentee voters: You don't need to provide ID if you've already voted in New Jersey at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the ID requirements above, you must show ID at the polls.  (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

Source: New Jersey Division of Elections website

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New Mexico Voter ID Laws

New Mexico is a HAVA only state - the only voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.

First-time voters: You should include your New Mexico drivers license or Non-drivers ID card number on your voter registration form.  If you forget you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • a current and valid photo identification with or without an address (the address does not need to match the one at which you registered to vote)
  • OR a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo, that shows your name and address (the address does not need to match the one at which you're registering to vote).  
  • Source: phone call with New Mexico Secretary of State Elections Division.

In-person voters: The only New Mexico voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  See above for acceptable forms of ID.  

Absentee voters: The only New Mexico voters who need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  See above for acceptable forms of ID.  

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New York Voter ID Laws

New York is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: First-time voters must include their NY driver's license number (or NY state ID card number) on their voter registration forms.  Voters who do not meet this requirement will have to provide ID the first time they vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A copy of a valid photo ID that shows your name;
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or some other government document that shows your name and New York address.

In-person voters: The only New York voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  See above for acceptable forms of ID.  

Absentee voters: The only New York voters who need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  See above for acceptable forms of ID.  

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North Carolina Voter ID Laws

Until 2016, North Carolina is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: If you register by mail, and you don't include your North Carolina driver's license number or your North Carolina ID card number on your voter registration, then you must include a copy of your ID with your form. Acceptable forms of ID include: A copy of a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and North Carolina address.  Source: North Carolina Board of Elections website

In-person voters: The only North Carolina voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  See above for acceptable forms of ID.  

Absentee voters: The only North Carolina voters who need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  See above for acceptable forms of ID.  

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North Dakota Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: There are no special ID requirements, since all North Dakota voters need to provide ID when voting in person or by absentee ballot.

In-person voters: All voters must show ID that has a North Dakota residential street address. PO Box numbers do not establish residency and cannot be accepted. It is preferred that ID also include a photograph of the person offering to vote, as well as their date of birth, though neither of these are mandatory. Acceptable forms of ID include: Valid driver's license; Valid state ID card; Valid federally-Issued ID (such as a US passport or a government agency ID card); Valid tribal government-issued ID card; Valid student ID card; Valid US military ID card; Utility bill dated 30 days prior to Election Day with name and residential address; or a change of address verification letter from the US Postal Service. If you do not have any of the above ID, you may still vote without being challenged if an election poll worker is able to vouch for your identity and residence. You may also vote as a challenged voter by completing a Voter's Affidavit on which you certify - under oath - your identity and that you are a resident within the precinct.  Source: Secretary of State ID requirement list

Absentee voters: All absentee voters must complete the Voter’s Affidavit provided with the absentee ballot.

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Ohio Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you register to vote by mail, and do not include your Ohio driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number on the form, then you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration. Acceptable forms of ID include: A copy of a current and valid photo ID; military ID; or a copy of a current (within one year) utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document (except board of elections notifications) that shows your name and current Ohio address.

In-person voters: All voters must show ID at the polls. (See above for accepted forms of ID.)  Source: Secretary of State website

Absentee voters: You must indicate some form of ID when you apply for your absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include: Writing your driver’s license number (which begins with two alphabet letters followed by six numbers) or the last four digits of your Social Security number; or enclosing a photocopy of either your current and valid photo ID, military ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current Ohio address. Source: Secretary of State website

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Oklahoma Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: You should include your Oklahoma drivers license or state ID card number on your voter registration form.  Don't worry if you forget: all Oklahoma voters must show ID at the polls, and first-time Oklahoma voters can also provide a copy of their ID with their absentee ballot applications.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A copy of a current Oklahoma driver’s license or other photo ID that shows your name; or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Oklahoma address.

In-person voters: All voters must show ID at the polls. You may show any document issued by the federal, state, or federally recognized tribal government if it includes your name, photograph, and an expiration date that is later than the election in which you are voting. Your name on your ID must match your name in the Precinct Registry. Acceptable forms of ID include: Oklahoma driver's license; Oklahoma ID card; US passport; US military ID; or tribal membership card.

Absentee voters: The only Oklahoma absentee voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a current Oklahoma driver’s license or other photo ID that shows your name; or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Oklahoma address.

Source: Oklahoma State Election Board's website

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Oregon Voter ID Laws

Oregon is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: You must include your Oregon driver's license number or Oregon state ID card number on your voter registration form. (A suspended Driver's License is still valid, a revoked Driver's License is NOT valid.)  Otherwise you'll need to include a copy of your ID the first time you vote.  A copy of a current and valid photo ID; or a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document that shows your name and Oregon address.  Elderly, military and overseas voters are expempt from this requirement.

In-person voters: All voters in Oregon vote by mail.

Absentee voters: The only Oregon absentee voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  Acceptable forms of ID include a COPY of one of the following: A valid photo ID that shows your name; or a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document that shows your name and Oregon address.

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Pennsylvania Voter ID Laws

NOTE: Due to a court injuction, Pennsylvania's strict photo ID will not be in effect for the November 6, 2012 election.  However, voters wil still be asked, but NOT required, to show acceptable photo ID when voting in person.  

(PennDOT offers voter photo ID cards, and will waive the $13.50 if you take an oath that you do not possess any other acceptable form of photo ID.  But again, even though you will be asked to show photo ID, you do not need to provide it to be able to vote.  Do not allow a request for your photo ID to prevent you from voting. It is not necessary to provide photo ID to vote in Pennsylvania.)

In-person voters:  All PA voters will be asked show photo ID at the polls.  If you cannot provide photo ID,  you can still vote, and your vote will still be counted.

We want to be very clear about this: you can vote with or without photo ID, even though pollworkers may ask to see your photo ID. 

Acceptable forms of photo ID include must contain an expiration date that is current (unless otherwise noted): 

  • A photo ID issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including a PA driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date), a valid U.S. passport, a U.S. military ID (active duty and retired military a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite), a military dependents’ ID that contains an expiration date;
  • An employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, County or Municipal government;
  • A photo ID cards from an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning; or
  • Photo ID cards issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.
  • EXCEPTION: If you have a religious objection to being photographed, you may submit a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT.
  • EXCEPTION: UOCAVA voters and voters affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act are exempt. 

Absentee voters:  All Pennsylvania absentee voters must provide their PA drivers license number, or the last four digits of their Social Security Numbers, or a photo copy of an acceptable form of photo ID, whan applying for an absentee ballot.  

Acceptable forms of photo ID include must contain an expiration date that is current (unless otherwise noted): 

  • A photo ID issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including a PA driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date), a valid U.S. passport, a U.S. military ID (active duty and retired military a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite), a military dependents’ ID that contains an expiration date;
  • An employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, County or Municipal government;
  • A photo ID cards from an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning; or
  • Photo ID cards issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.
  • EXCEPTION: If you have a religious objection to being photographed, you may submit a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT.
  • EXCEPTION: UOCAVA voters and voters affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act are exempt. 

Source: Department of State website

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Rhode Island Voter ID Laws

NOTE: Rhode Island enacted a 2-phase voter ID law.  The first phase dictates went into effect January 1, 2012, and requires non-photo ID to vote (as seen below).  The second phase requires that all voters provide photo ID; this phase will go into effect January 1, 2014.  (Source: Rhode Island Secretary of State's website)

First-time voters: First-voters should include their Rhode Island drivers license number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number with their voter registration forms.  If you forget and you decide to vote by absentee ballot, you'll need to include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application.  

In-person voters:  All Rhode Island voters need to show ID at the polls.  Acceptable forms of the following:

Acceptable Photo ID Acceptable Non-Photo ID
  • RI driver’s license
  • US passport
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
  • US military identification card 
  • ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island (such as a RIPTA bus pass)
  • Government-issued medical card 
  • RI voter ID card
  • Employee ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Credit or debit card
  • Health club ID card
  • Insurance plan ID card
  • Public housing ID card
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Government-issued medical card
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Document issued by a government agency
  • Lease or rental statement
  • Student ID
  • Tuition statement or bill
  • Insurance plan card

First-time voters who did not include their valid driver's license number, state ID number, or last four digits of their Social Security number on their voter registration form will not be allowed to present a birth certificate, Social Security card, or government-issued medical card as a valid form of non-photo ID at the polls.

Absentee voters:  The only absentee voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  These voters must include a copy of one one of the following: A current and valid photo ID; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or another government document that shows the voter's name and Rhode Island address.

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South Carolina Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: South Carolina requires all applicants to include their full Social Security number on their voter registration forms.  This number is used to make sure that one person has not registered multiple times. You should also include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form.  Don't worry if you forget: you can provide ID when you vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and South Carolina address.

In-person voters: All voters must provide ID. Acceptable forms of ID: Your voter registration card; Valid South Carolina driver's license; or a South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles-issued photo ID card. Source: Secretary of State website

Absentee voters:  The only absentee voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  These voters must provide a copy of one of the following: A current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and South Carolina address.Source: Phone call with South Carolina Secretary of State Elections Division.

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South Dakota Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: All South Dakota voters must show ID when they vote in person or by absentee ballot, so there are no special requirements for first-time voters.

In-person voters: All voters must provide ID. The personal ID that may be presented shall either be: A South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID card; A passport or an ID card including a picture issued by an agency of the US government; A tribal ID card including a picture; or a current student ID card including a picture issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within the state of South Dakota. If a voter is not able to present personal ID, the voter may complete an affidavit in lieu of the personal ID. Source: Secretary of State website

Absentee voters: All voters must have their absentee ballot applications notarized or witnessed by an official who can administer an oath.  As an alternative to notariziation, the voter can send a photocopy of a valid form of ID with their absentee ballot application. Acceptable forms of ID: A South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver IDcard; A passport or an ID card including a picture issued by an agency of the US government; A tribal ID card including a picture; or a current student ID card including a picture issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within the state of South Dakota.  Source: South Dakota Application for Absentee Ballot

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Tennessee Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: All first-time voters must vote in person. See requirements below.

In-person voters: All voters must show ID. Acceptable forms of ID include the following, even if expired: A TN driver's license with your photo; US passport; Photo ID issued by the TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security; Photo ID issued by the federal or any state goverment; US military photo ID; state-issued handgun carry permit with your photo.  Source: Secretary of State website

Absentee voters: Absentee voters do not have to provide ID.  First-time voters who registered to vote by mail must vote in person the first time they vote unless the registrant is on the permanent absentee voting register.  Source: Secretary of State website

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Texas Voter ID Laws

NOTE: Texas passed strict voter ID legislation (SB 14) that requires in-person voters to provide photo ID.  The new law does not affect absentee voters, except first-time voters who did not include their driver's license or Social Security number on their registration form.   

First-time voters: If you did not include your Texas drivers license number or Social Security number on your voter registration form, you will need to provide one of the following forms of Photo ID either at the polls or as a photocopy with your absentee ballot application form:

  • Texas Driver License issued by Texas DPS
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS
  • U.S. Military ID card containing your photograph
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
  • U.S. Passport

(All documents except the U.S. citizenship certificate must be current or no more than 60 days expired.)

NOTE: If you are disabled, in the military, or living overseas, you are NOT required to include a copy of your identification. However, you must complete and return a special form to that effect, which your Texas County Elections Office should mail to you.

In-person voters: All in-person voters must present Photo ID every time they vote. See the above list of acceptable forms of ID.

Absentee voters: The only Texas absentee voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote. These voters must include a copy of their IDs with their absentee ballot applications. Acceptable forms of ID are listed above.

Source: VoteTexas.gov

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Utah Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: You should include your Utah drivers license number on your voter registration form, or you should include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form.  Don't worry if you forget: all Utah voters show ID at the polls and first-time voters can always provide a copy of their ID with their absentee ballot applications.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • a copy of a one valid form of photo ID that shows your name and Utah address (such as a Utah driver's license, Utah state ID card, US passport, military ID, UT concealed weapong permit, tribal treaty card, or tribal ID card),
  • or two different documents that show your name and Utah address (such as a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document). 

In-person voters: All voters must show either one valid form of photo ID that shows your name and Utah address, or two different documents that show your name and Utah address at the polls. (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

Absentee voters: The only Utah absentee voters who need to provide ID are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote. (See above for accepted forms of ID.)

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Vermont Voter ID Laws

Vermont is a HAVA only state: only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when regstering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: First-time voters must include their Vermont driver's license number (or Vermont state ID card number) on their voter registration forms.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable ID includes: A current and valid photo ID that shows your name; or a current bank statement, utility bill, or government document that contains your name and Vermont address.

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've voted in Vermont at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you forgot to include your ID with your voter registration form, you must show one of the forms of ID listed above.

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Vermont at least once.  If you are a first time Vermont voter, and you did not include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must include a copy with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable ID includes: A current and valid photo ID that shows your name; or a current bank statement, utility bill, or government document that contains your name and Vermont address.

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Virginia Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: If you are registering for the first time in Virginia and you register by mail, you must include a copy of your ID. Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo ID (such as a Virginia driver’s license); or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address; or another government document that shows name and Virginia address (for example a voter card).

In-person voters: First-time voters who did not meet the above requirements must show one of the above listed forms of ID at the polls. All other voters must either show ID or sign an Affirmation of Identity under felony penalty, in order to vote. This ID requirement also applies to absentee voters who vote in person. Voters subject to this regular ID requirement will have the word “State” after the “ID Required” item in their on-line voter registration record. Source: State board of elections website

Absentee voters: First-time voters: you may vote absentee by mail if you registered to vote in person. If you registered to vote by mail, and you did not fulfill the ID requirements to register to vote, you will be notified by mail that you must provide a copy of your ID in order to receive an absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Virginia address. If you fulfill the ID requirement, you will receive an absentee ballot in the mail and you may use it to vote.

Interesting note: Voting absentee one time does not automatically guarantee smooth sailing to vote absentee for subsequent elections. Depending on whether it’s a federal or general election, how you registered, and when you last voted absentee are all factors that may affect whether or not you will need to supply additional identification the next time you vote absentee.  We recommend checking with your County Registrar to ensure your absentee voting status.  Source: phone call with Virginia State Board of Elections, Absentee Voter Division.

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Washington Voter ID Laws

First-time voters: You are required to include your Washington state driver's license or Washington state ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form.  If you don't have any of these numbers, you must include a copy of your ID (see acceptable forms of ID below).

Acceptable forms of ID include: A valid photo ID such as a Washington driver's license, state ID card, student ID card, or tribal ID card; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other current government document that shows your name and Washington address.

If you don't provide one of these forms of ID with your voter registration, you'll need to provide it the first time you vote. If you have not met the ID requirements, you will be notified by mail that you need to provide ID. If you do not have a driver’s license or a social security number, you will be given a list of alternate acceptable forms of acceptable ID.

Other voters: All voting in Washington State is done by mail. You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Washington at least once. (Source: RCW 29A.08.107)

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West Virginia Voter ID Laws

West Virginia is a HAVA only state: only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.

First-time voters: First time voters must put their West Virginia driver's license number (or WV state ID card number) on their voter registration forms.  Voters who do not meet this requirement will need to provide ID the first time they vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include: A copy of a current and valid photo ID with a West Virginia address; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and West Virginia address.

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in person at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the above requirements when you registered, you must show the ID listed above at the polls.

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in West Virginia at least once.  If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered to vote, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application.  

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Wisconsin Voter ID Laws

Wisconsin is currenlty is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.  Wisconsin attempted to pass a strict photo ID law for in-person voters, but the law was ruled unconstitutional on March 12, 2012.  The ruling may be appealed to higher courts and overturned before the November general election, but the new law is currently not in effect.

First-time voters: You need to include your Wisconsin driver's license number (or state ID card number) on your voter registration form if you register to vote by mail.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.  

You must also show proof of Wisconsin residency if you register in person on election day or during the 20 days proceding an election.  Acceptable forms of proof of residence includes: A current and valid Wisconsin driver's license; a current and valid Wisconsin ID card; any other official ID card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit; any employer-issued photo ID card issued in the normal course of business, but not including a business card; a university, college or technical college fee card or ID card with your photo and current address (May be used even if the card does not contain the cardholder's address, if the educational institution provides a certified student list for use at the polling place); a utility bill (e.g., gas, electric, cable TV or telephone) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day; a bank statement; a real estate (i.e., property) tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election; a pay check or a government check or other document issued by unit of government.  People who register in person may also show a current residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day.  You may not use your lease if you register by mail.

In-person voters: You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in person at least once. If you are a first-time voter and you did not meet the above requirements when you registered, you must show proof of residency at the polls.

Absentee voters: You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Wisconsin at least once.  If you are voting for the first time in Wisconsin, you must submit proof of residency with your absentee ballot application (you don't need to do this if you submitted proof of residency with your voter registration form).  Acceptable forms of proof of residence are listed above. Source: State Elections Board notice

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Wyoming Voter ID Laws

Wyoming is a HAVA only state - only first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote need to provide ID when voting.  

First-time voters: Wyoming voters must include their drivers license number or state ID card numbers on their voter registration forms.  Voters who do not meet this requirement must provide ID the first time they vote in person or by absentee ballot.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A Wyoming Driver License.
  • Different state's driver license;
  • ID card issued by a local, state or federal agency;
  • U.S. passport;
  • School ID;
  • Or military ID.
  • Certification of U.S. Citizenship;
  • Certificate of Naturalization;
  • Draft Record;
  • Voter registration card from another state or county;
  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate bearing an official seal;
  • Certification of birth abroad issued by the Department of State;
  • Or any other form of identification issued by an official agency.

In-person voters: The only Wyoming voters who need to provide ID at the polls are first-time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.   

Absentee voters: The only Wyoming voters who need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot are first time voters who did not meet the ID requirements when registering to vote.  

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