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How To Make Sure You Don’t Get Rejected At The Polls In Any U.S. State


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Tomorrow you’re voting. It isn’t up for discussion really, you’re just going to do it okay? But we do know that you may have some lingering questions or fears about showing up to the polls. Whether it’s your first time voting or you haven’t voted in a while, states are full of obscure and inconsistent laws that can make voting either a breeze or unnecessarily challenging.

If you aren’t registered to vote yet, it may not be too late, 15 states allow for what is called Election Day Registration — look into that if you’ve been lagging. If you think you’re all set and ready to hit the polls tomorrow, please double check below to see what your state requires you to show up with. Set all the required documents near your wallet and your keys!

Here are the rules for identifying yourself at the polls in all 50 states.

Alabama

ID Requirements: Voters must provide a photo ID issued by the state, the federal government, a tribal government, or in-state college or universities.

Don’t have an ID? You may still vote by regular ballot so long as two election officials sign a sworn affidavit that identifies you as a registered and eligible voter from the poll list. Otherwise, you’ll have to vote by provisional ballot and return by Friday 5 P.M. with required ID if you want your vote to count.

Alaska

ID Requirements: Photo identification is preferred but bills, checks, bank statements or other government-issued documents including your name and address will be accepted.

Don’t have an ID? Find an election official who knows you and the requirement will be waived.

Arizona

ID Requirements: Photo ID containing your name and address, or two forms of ID that show name and address if they are without a photo. It should be noted that your voter registration card qualifies as a non-photo identity, so one down, one to go!

Don’t have an ID? You’ll have to vote by provisional ballot and provide the proper ID to the county elections office within five days of the election.

Arkansas

ID Requirements: Photo ID that is no more than four years expired. Government, university, or state IDs are all eligible forms of identification.

Don’t have an ID? You may cast a provisional ballot along with a sworn statement confirming your identity. Provisional ballots will only be counted if they are cast in the correct precinct, so be thorough.

California

ID Requirements: No ID necessary, with some exceptions.

Don’t have an ID? In the event that you’re voting at a place in California where ID is required, you may still vote by provisional ballot.

Colorado

ID Requirements: All voters must provide some form of identification. Government-issued IDs, student IDs, utility bills, bank statements, or checks containing your name and address are all acceptable forms of identification.

Don’t have an ID? You may vote by provisional ballot.

Connecticut

ID Requirements: Any document that contains your name and address, name and signature, or name and photo.

Don’t have an ID? You must sign a sworn declaration, but you’ll be able to vote on a normal ballot.

Delaware

ID Requirements: Government document with your name and address

Don’t have an ID? Fill out a sworn declaration of identity to vote by regular ballot.

Florida

ID Requirements: Photo ID with signature.

Don’t have an ID? You can fill out a provisional ballot which will only be counted if it matches the signature on your voter registration. So be careful not to try anything new.

Georgia

ID Requirements: Any valid state or federal ID, including expired driver’s licenses, U.S. passports, government employee photo ID, military photo ID, or tribal photo ID.

Don’t have an ID? George offers free Voter ID cards so long as you bring something to identify your full name, date of birth, residential address, and proof of voter registration to a county registrar.

Hawaii

ID Requirements: Photo ID or government document containing your name and address

Don’t have an ID? Voters must recite their date of birth and address to receive a regular ballot.

Idaho

ID Requirements: Photo ID

Don’t have an ID? You must sign a sworn declaration of identity.

Illinois

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions. If you register in person you’ll need to show two forms of ID such as credit cards, union cards, leases, school IDs, vehicle registrations, or mail sent to your current address.

Don’t have an ID? You can still cast a provisional ballot.

Indiana

ID Requirements: Current and valid photo ID required. Expired IDs will only be accepted if they were valid during the last general election. Student IDs from private institutions are not acceptable

Don’t have an ID? You may cast a provisional ballot and return with ID within 10 days. Those with a religious objection to photographs, anyone living in a state-licensed facility, or those are are indigent shall be exempt from providing ID, but must vote with a provisional ballot.

Iowa

ID Requirements: Driver’s license, state ID, military or veteran’s ID, tribal ID, passport, or voter registration card are all acceptable forms of identification.

Don’t have an ID? You must sign an oath affirming your identity to vote by a regular ballot.

Kansas

ID Requirements: Photo ID required, acceptable forms include a driver’s license, handgun license, government employee badge, tribal ID, or student ID. Voters over the age of 65 may use expired IDs.

Don’t have an ID? You can still vote by provisional ballot. If you have a religious objection to being photographed, a signed declaration will be required.

Kentucky

ID Requirements: Something to identify you. Credit cards, bills, anything with your name and address are acceptable forms of identification. A precinct officer who knows you personally will be accepted as a valid form of ID.

Don’t have an ID? You may cast a provisional ballot.

Louisiana

ID Requirements: Must provide a photo ID.

Don’t have an ID? You must sign an affidavit to be eligible to vote. Absentee voters without an ID who are disabled or homebound must generate a proof of disability. First-time voters must also provide additional proof.

Maine

ID Requirements: No ID required, unless you’re registering on Election Day, in which case you’ll have to provide Maine ID or your Social Security number.

Don’t have an ID? Voters without ID or proof of residence can vote on a challenged ballot.

Maryland

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions.

Don’t have an ID? You can still vote by provisional ballot if your polling place requires ID.

Massachusetts

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions such as being previously inactive, casting a provisional ballot or by “reasonable suspicion” by the poll worker.

Don’t have an ID? First-time voters can cast a provisional ballot but must return with some form of identification before the polls close.

Michigan

ID Requirements: Must show a photo ID.

Don’t have an ID? You can still vote by regular ballot but must sign an affidavit of identity.

Minnesota

ID Requirements: Active voters don’t need an ID, otherwise you must show proof of residence

Don’t have an ID? Any registered voter from your precinct can sign an oath vouching for you. Student fee statements, utility bills, high school IDs, and college housing lists will all be acceptable forms of ID if you don’t have one.

Mississippi

ID Requirements: Must bring a photo ID that is no more than 10 years expired.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by affidavit ballot, but most show acceptable photo ID within five days of the election.

Missouri

ID Requirements: State and government ID cards, or a government document with your name and address as well as a signed statement.

Don’t have an ID? You may still cast a provisional ballot. If you can’t come back with a valid form of ID, your ballot’s signature will be compared to the voter’s registration record and counted if they are a match.

Montana

ID Requirements: Some form of identification that shows your name and address.

Don’t have an ID? You may fill out a Polling Place Elector ID form and vote normally. If you do not have your Social Security number or Montana ID number, you can vote by provisional ballot and provide identification by the next day.

Nebraska

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions.

Don’t have an ID? You can still vote if you provide your Nebraska ID number or Social Security number. If you still don’t have that, you can vote by provisional ballot.

Nevada

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by provisional ballot.

New Hampshire

ID Requirements: Photo ID or have your identity verified by a town clerk.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by a challenged voter affidavit, a moderator will take your picture and you may vote normally. You will receive mail confirming if you voted and you must reply within 30 days.

New Jersey

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions.

Don’t have an ID? You can still vote by provisional ballot if your polling place requires ID.

New Mexico

ID Requirements: Name, birth year, and address.
Don’t have an ID? You can vote by a provisional ballot.

New York

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions.

Don’t have an ID? Voters without IDs where required can vote by affidavit but must return with some form of identification on Election Day.

North Carolina

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions.

Don’t have an ID? You may vote by provisional ballot.

North Dakota

ID Requirements: An ID containing your legal name, birthday, and current address. If your form of ID doesn’t display your current address, you must provide a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or any other government documents.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by provisional ballot but most show valid ID within six days of the election.

Ohio

ID Requirements: Provide your full name and identification that includes your name and current address.

Don’t have an ID? You can still vote by provisional ballot which can be verified with Social Security Numbers, or by returning with ID within seven days.

Oklahoma

ID Requirements: Photo ID or Voter Identification card.

Don’t have an ID? You must sign a sworn affidavit and vote by a provisional ballot.

Oregon

ID Requirements: Last four digits of your Social Security number, Oregon ID number, a paycheck, utility bill, bank statement, or other government documents are all acceptable forms of identification.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by provisional ballot.

Pennsylvania

ID Requirements: ID required if it is your first time voting at the given polling place. Acceptable forms of ID include photo IDs and documents with your name and address.

Don’t have an ID? You may vote by provisional ballot.

Rhode Island

ID Requirements: Unexpired Photo ID.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by a provisional ballot which will be compared to the signature on your voter’s registration card.

South Carolina

ID Requirements: Current photo ID from either South Carolina, the federal military, or your U.S. passport.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by provisional ballot but must return by the weeks end with an ID, otherwise, you’ll have to sign a sworn affidavit stating a “reasonable impediment” from getting a photo ID.

South Dakota

ID Requirements: Photo ID.

Don’t have an ID? You must sign a sworn affidavit affirming your identity, but you’ll be able to cast a regular ballot.

Tennessee

ID Requirements: State or federally issued photo ID. If this is your first election after registration you must present the valid ID in person.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by provisional ballot but must return by Thursday with some form of valid ID. People with religious objections to photographs must fill out an affidavit of identity.

Texas

ID Requirements: Photo ID, can be up to four years expired if you’re under the age of 69.

Don’t have an ID? You must sign a declaration describing “reasonable impediment” and provide a government document with your name and address, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or birth certificate. If you happen to have no ID whatsoever, you can cast a provisional ballot, but you must provide ID within six days of the election.

Texas offers free Election Identification Certificates for voters 17 and 10 months or older who can verify their citizenship.

Utah

ID Requirements: A photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID with address. Concealed carry permits, tribal ID cards, passports, and government IDs are all acceptable photo IDs. Student ID, Medicaid, Medicare, or EBT cards, as well as hunting and fishing licenses, qualify as acceptable non-photo IDs.

Don’t have an ID? You can cast a provisional ballot but you must verify your identity by the following Monday.

Vermont

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions.

Don’t have an ID? You can still vote by provisional ballot if your polling place requires ID.

Virginia

ID Requirements: A photo ID up to a year expired.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by provisional ballot but most show photo ID by Friday for your vote to count.

Washington

ID Requirements: Washington voters send their ballots via mail. Online registration requires Washington state IDs and Social Security numbers. In person voting will require some form of ID.

Don’t have an ID? If you happen to be voting in person, you may request a provisional ballot.

West Virginia

ID Requirements: A current and valid photo or non-photo ID. If the poll workers know you, an ID is not required.

Don’t have an ID? A voter who has known you for over six months and who has valid forms of identification for themselves can sign an affidavit confirming your identity.

Wisconsin

ID Requirements: Photo ID required.

Don’t have an ID? You can still vote by provisional ballot but you must provide proof of identification by 4 p.m. Friday to the municipal clerk.

Wyoming

ID Requirements: No ID required, with some exceptions. First-time voters must provide photo ID or two forms of alternate documentation.

Don’t have an ID? You can vote by a provisional ballot but must provide proof of eligibility.

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