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ID Needed for Voter Registration

Alabama

Identification is not currently required when registering to vote in Alabama. However, the registration form does require your driver license number, non-driver license number or your Social Security number. Be sure to fill provide this information on the form to ensure your registration will be processed properly.

Alaska

If you register by mail, you are required to include information that will verify your identity. If you have not previously registered to vote in Alaska and you are submitting your registration application by mail, you must provide a copy of one of the following:

  • Driver's license
  • State ID card
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • In addition, please provide:

    • Your birth date
    • Your Social Security number or at least the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

    If your identity cannot be verified when you register to vote, you will be required to provide certain identification when voting.

Arizona

The simplest form to use for your voter registration in Arizona is the Standard Federal Registration Form which requires those registering to vote to swear an oath that they’re American citizens. The Arizona State Registration form requires additional proof of citizenship that may create barriers and impose financial costs for potential citizen registrants. You can find the federal standardized form in English here and in Spanish here. For more language options go here.

If you register to vote using the Arizona State Registration form, the following will serve as proof of citizenship and no additional documents are needed:

  • An Arizona driver license or non-operating identification number issued after October 1, 1996: write the number in box 13 of the Arizona Voter Registration form
  • A Tribal Identification number (Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or Tribal Enrollment Number): write the number in box 16 of the Arizona Voter Registration form
  • The number from your certificate of naturalization: write the number in box 20 of the Arizona Voter Registration form

If you do not have the above information, you must attach proof of citizenship to the form. Only one acceptable form of proof is needed to register to vote. The following is a list of acceptable documents to establish your citizenship:

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate 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 pertinent pages of a United States passport identifying the applicant
  • Presentation to the County Recorder of United States naturalization documents
  • A legible photocopy of a driver license or non-operating identification from another state within the United States if the license indicates that the applicant has provided satisfactory proof of citizenship
  • A legible photocopy of a Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth.

If you are registered in Arizona and use the registration form because you move within a county, change your name, or change your political party affiliation, you do not need to provide photocopies of proof of citizenship. You only need to provide proof of citizenship if you are a new resident in an Arizona county.

Arkansas

If you are registering to vote by mail, you must provide either your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas voter registration application. If you do not have any of these items, you may be required to vote on a provisional ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting:

  • A current and valid photo ID
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address
  • Another government document that shows your name and address
California

To register to vote in California you will have to provide your California drivers' license number or identification card number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). If you do not include this information you will be required to provide identification when you vote.

If you register to vote by mail and submit a driver's license number that the state or local elections official can match with an existing state identification record, then you will not be required to provide identification when you vote.

Colorado

Your completed voter registration form must contain your Colorado driver's license number or your Department of Revenue ID number. If you do not have a driver's license or department of revenue ID number, then you will need to complete a paper registration form and provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. You cannot use a Social Security number when registering to vote online. If you do not have any of these forms of ID, please check the appropriate boxes on the paper registration application form. A unique identifying number will then be assigned to you by the state and you will still be registered to vote. However, if the identification section is left blank and you do not check the box(es) indicating you do not have identification, you will not be registered to vote.

For more information please contact your county clerk and recorder or contact your local League for more information.

  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid Colorado drivers' license
  • Valid ID card issued by the Department of Revenue
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or Colorado, or by any Colorado county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state
  • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the United States
  • A U.S. military identification card with photograph of the elector
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that show the name and address of the elector. A cable bill, a telephone bill, documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and residence address of the student elector, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of identification
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • Valid student ID card with a photo issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado
  • Valid veteran ID card with a photo issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Health administration
  • Valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership

Any form of identification that contains an address must have a Colorado address to be valid.

 

Connecticut

You are required to show identification when registering to vote in person. Acceptable identification includes anything with a name and address: a Connecticut driver's license, a utility bill, or even a checkbook. If you register by mail, you must provide your Connecticut driver's license or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the voter registration form, which will be confirmed by the state's centralized voter registration system. This will avoid additional ID requirements for first-time voters in federal elections. First-time voters who register by mail in a federal election are subject to additional requirements.

Delaware

Identification is not necessary to register to vote if you use the National Voter Registration Form. However, when registering with the department of elections or at an alternate approved location, current identification is required. The identification must include current and valid photo ID that shows full name and address. Examples include:

  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document that shows full name and address
  • Delaware Drivers License or State ID Card
District of Columbia

Identification is not required during registration but must be provided the first time you go to the polls.

If you are registering to vote in the District for the first time on election day, you must show proof of residence by providing one of the following types of documents:

  • Current and valid District of Columbia DMV-issued ID
  • Government check or paycheck
  • Bank statement
  • Current utility bill or lease
  • Other government document showing your name and current District address
Florida

You must provide your current and valid Florida driver's license number, an ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to register. If you have none of these numbers, you must write "NONE" on the voter registration form.

If you register by mail and you are a first-time voter in the State and you have not been issued a Florida driver's license number, Florida I.D. number, or a Social Security number you are required to provide additional identification. To assure that you will not have problems when you go to vote, you should provide a copy of the required identification at the time you mail your voter registration form. If you are voting an absentee ballot, you must provide the proper identification prior to 7 p.m. Election Day or your absentee ballot will not count. The following forms of identification are acceptable if they contain your name and photograph:

  • United States passport
  • Debit of credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood association identification
  • Public assistance Identification

Do not send original identification documents to the supervisor of elections.

The following persons are not required to provide the identification required under the previous paragraph:

  • Persons 65 years of age or older
  • Persons with a temporary or permanent physical disability
  • Members of the uniformed services on active duty and their spouses and dependants, who, by reason of such active duty, are absent from the county on Election Day
  • Members of the Merchant Marine and their spouses and dependents, who, by reason of service in the Merchant Marine, are absent from the county on Election Day

 

Georgia

If you are a first time voter, you are required to provide your Social Security number and one of the following acceptable items of identification when you register:

  • A valid Georgia driver's license
  • A valid ID card issued by a branch, department, agency, or any other entity of Georgia, any other state, or the U.S. authorized by law to issue personal ID
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A government employee photo ID
  • A valid student ID card containing your photograph from any public or private college, university, or postgraduate technical or professional school located within Georgia
  • A valid U.S. military ID card with photo
  • Valid Tribal ID with photo
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate
  • A valid Social Security card
  • A certified naturalization document
  • A certified copy of court records showing adoption, name, or sex change
  • A current utility bill, or a legible copy thereof, showing your name and address
  • A bank statement, or a legible copy thereof, showing your name and address
  • A government check or paycheck, or a legible copy thereof, showing your name and address
  • A government document, or a legible copy thereof, showing your name and address

You can register by mailing a copy of your identification with your voter registration application; providing a copy of your identification to the registrar during the absentee voting process; or by showing one of the pieces of acceptable identification when voting at your polling place.

Hawaii

It is not necessary to show any form of ID when registering to vote in person.

If you registering to vote for the first time and are mailing the application form, you must provide proof of identification. Proof of identification includes a copy of:

  • A current and valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address

If you do not provide the required proof of identification you will be required to do so at your polling place, or with your voted absentee mail-in ballot.

Idaho

If you are a first time voter in Idaho, you must either submit a copy of one of the following items with your registration form or show it at the polls prior to voting:

  • A current and valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document that shows your name and address
Illinois

Two forms of identification are required when registering to vote, one of which must show your current residential address.

If you register by mail, sufficient proof of identity is fulfilled by submission of your driver's license number or state identification card number.

If you don't have either of those, verification by one of the following will be required:

  • the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number
  • a copy of a current and valid photo ID
  • a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other governmental document that shows your name and address

You may also demonstrate sufficient proof of identity by submission of a photo ID issued by a college or university along with either a copy of the applicant's contract or lease for a residence or a postmarked mail delivered to the applicant at his or her current address.

If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote unless you submit your driver license number or state ID number, the last four digits of your social security number or one of the forms of ID listed above.

Indiana

If you register online you are required to provite a valid Indiana driver's license number or state issued ID number.

If you register to vote by mail or in person, you are not required to show identification when registering to vote. However, if you are a first time voter who registered by mail, you may be required to provide additional documentation that matches the address on your voter registration record. Those meet the following qualifications will need to provide additional documentation:

  • You registered to vote in the county between January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2006
  • or
  • You registered to vote in the state after January 1, 2006

However, this does not apply if you submitted an application at a license branch or other voter registration agency. If you are a military or overseas voter, or presented this documentation to the county voter registration office with your registration application, you are also exempt from the additional documentation requirement. You should be notified of this requirement when the county receives your registration application or absentee ballot application.

You may present any of the following types of documents to meet the requirement:

  • Indiana driver's license
  • Indiana state identification card, with your current name and address

NOTE: An Indiana driver's license or Indiana state identification card may meet both the photo ID requirement and the valid and current address requirement.

To fulfill the photo ID requirement the document does not need to contain an address that matches the address on the poll list, but must meet the other requirements. However, to meet the additional document requirement, you only need to present a document that contains a matching name and current address to the poll list.

Other documents that meet the additional documentation requirement:

  • Any other current and valid photo ID that contains your current name and address
  • A current utility bill with your current name and address
  • A bank statement with your current name and address
  • A government check with your current name and address
  • A paycheck with your current name and address
  • Other government documents that show your current name and address
Iowa

To register to vote in Iowa, you must provide an Iowa driver's license number or your social security number if you have one. There is a box for your to check on the voter registration form if you have neither of those numbers.

If you are registering to vote for the first time at the polls on Election Day, or after a recent move, you must prove both who you are and where you live. You can use any of these forms of ID as long as they are current, valid and contain an expiration date:

  • Iowa drivers license
  • Iowa non-driver ID card
  • Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card
  • US passport
  • US military ID
  • ID card issued by employer
  • Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college

If your photo ID does not contain your current address, you may use another document to prove where you live. The following are acceptable proof of residence as long as they contain your name and current address:

  • Residential lease
  • Utility bill (including a cell phone bill)
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check or other government document

If you are asked for ID and you don't have any of the documents listed above, you can have another voter who is registered in your precinct who knows you vouch for your ID and residence. If you don't have the needed ID and don't have another voter to vouch for you, you may cast a provisional ballot.

Kansas

You can register to vote either on paper by printing this form and return the complete form to your county election office (county addresses are listed on the back of the application). Or, if you have a valid Kansas driver's license or nondriver's ID card you can register to vote online.

Any person registering to vote in Kansas for the first time will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of US citizenship. If you do not submit citizenship documentation at the time you submit your registration application, you can submit it at a later date. You may either mail or deliver the document to the county election office by the close of business on the day before the election or submit it electronically (fax, email or other electronic means approved by the Secretary of State) by midnight the day before the election.

Valid citizenship documents include:

  • Driver's license or nondrivers ID card issued by the Division of Vehicles
  • Birth certificate that verifies US citizenship
  • US passport or pertinent pages of the applicant's US valid or expired passport identifying the applicant and the applicant's passport number
  • US naturalization documents or the number of the certificate of naturalization. (If only the number of the certificate of naturalization is provided, the applicant will not be included on the registration rolls until the number of the certificate of naturalization is verified with the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services by the county election officer or the Secretary of State).
  • Other documents or methods of proof of US citizenship issued by the federal government pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs card number, tribal treaty card number or tribal enrollment number
  • Consular report of birth abroad of a citizen of the US
  • Certificate of citizenship issued by the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Certification of report of birth issued by the US Department of State
  • American Indian card, with KIC classification, issued by the US Department of Homeland Security
  • Final adoption decree showing the applicant's name and US birthplace
  • US military record of service showing applicant's place of birth in the US
  • Extract from the a US hospital record of birth created at the time of the applicant's birth indicating the applicant's place of birth in the US

If the citizenship document submitted by a voter is deemed unsatisfactory due to an inconsistency between the citizenship document and the name or sex indication on the applicant's voter registration application, the applicant may sign a Form CDU explaining the inconsistency. The applicant must state the nature of the inconsistency, the reason for it, and must swear under oath that, despite the inconsistency, the applicant is the person reflected in the citizenship document.

If you cannot meet the citizenship verification requirement because you do not possess any of the documents listed above, you may:

  • If born in Kansas, apply for a free birth certificate using Form BCA and Form VS-235 10/09
  • If not born in Kansas, instructions for obtaining a birth certificate in another state or territory may be found at the National Center for Health Statistics website
  • Appeal to the state election board for consideration of the registration application by submitting Form RCD

 

Kentucky

ID is not required when registering to vote.

Louisiana

If you register to vote in person at a parish registrar of voters office, you are required to prove age, residency, and identity. You may submit your current Louisiana driver's license, birth certificate, or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age, and residency.

If you don't have a photo ID you can also bring a utility bill, payroll check or government document that includes your name and address.

To register to vote online you must have either a Louisiana driver's license or ID card to complete the form.

Maine

When filling out your voter registration card, you must provide either your Maine driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you are a new voter in Maine, you must send a copy of either your Maine driver's license or a utility bill or a government document that states your name and address with your voter registration form. If you are registering less than 21 days before an election, you must register in person at your town office or city hall, through any motor vehicle branch office, in most state & federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.

Maryland

When registering to vote, you will need to provide either your current, valid Maryland driver's license or MVA ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form.

Massachusetts

You must attach identification to your voter registration form if you are registering to vote for the first time in Massachusetts. If you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, you will be required to show identification when you vote for the first time in a federal election. However, you can also send in a copy of your identification with your voter registration form. Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. Examples include:

  • A current and valid driver's license
  • State issued identification card
  • A current utility bill
  • A bank statement
  • A paycheck
  • A government check
  • Other government document showing your name and address

If you send in a copy of your identification with your mail-in voter registration form, it may not be returned to you. If you do not provide such identification, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires that you may only cast a provisional ballot which will be counted later, but only after your eligibility to vote has been determined.

If you provide your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the voter registration form and those numbers are verified, you will not have to provide identification when you register to vote or at the polls. If you do not provide those numbers or if they cannot be verified (you will notified by your town or city clerk if that happens), then you have to provide identification either at town or city hall prior to the election or at the polls when you vote. Acceptable identification is a copy of any of the following:

  • Current and valid photo identification
  • Government check or official document showing name and address
  • Current utility bill showing name and address
  • Paycheck or stub showing name and address
Michigan

If you hand-deliver your registration application the staff person helping you will take your form and you don't need to do anything else.

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Michigan and you mail in your application, you must either:

  • Enter your drivers license number or personal ID card number where requested on the form
  • Send a copy of either your driver's license or personal ID card or a photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address. Do not send an original document - only a photocopy!

The residential address you use for voter registration must be the same as the address on your driver's license. Submitting a change for a driver's license address will be applied to your voter registration and visa versa.

If you have never voted in Michigan and submit your registration application through the mail or at a voter registration drive, you must appear in person to vote in the first election in which you wish to participate. This requirement does not apply if:

  • You personally hand-deliver your from to your county, city or township clerk instead of mailing the form
  • You are 60 years or older
  • You are disabled
  • You are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
Minnesota

To register to vote by mail you need to provide your Minnesota driver's license number or Minnesota ID number. If you do not have a Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota ID, you will need to provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these, write NONE in box #10b of your voter registration application. This is required by law.

To register at the polling place on Election Day, you must have authorized proof of residence. This includes:

  • 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
  • A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • Both 1) a phot ID from the list below and 2) a current bill from the list below with your name and address in the precinct

Photo IDs (may be expired)

  • 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

Bills (delivered electronically or by mail)

  • Utility bill due within 30 day sof election day (telephone, TV, internet service, electric, gas, solid waste, sewer services, water)
  • Rent statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities
  • Current student fee statement

You must re-register if your name or address changes or you have not voted in four years.

Mississippi

You will need to provide your driver's license number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form. If you do not have a driver's license number or Social Security number and you are registering by mail for the first time, you must include one of the following with your application:

  • A copy of current valid photo identification
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing your name and address

Once you are registered, you generally remain registered indefinitely, unless you move or no longer meet one of the qualifications to vote.

Missouri

When registering in person, you are required to present a form of personal ID. Accepted forms or ID are:

  • ID issued by the Federal Government, state of Missouri or a local election authority (For example: Missouri driver's license, US Passort, etc.)
  • ID issued by a Missouri institution (public or private) of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical schoolse
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains your name and address
  • Driver's license or state ID card issued by another state

If you do not have any of these accepted forms of ID, you may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest they know you.

Montana

When filling out the registration form, you must provide either a driver's license number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you have neither a driver's license or Social Security number, provide (in-person) or enclose (by mail) a copy of one of the following:

  • Any photo ID with your name
  • A current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Other government document that shows your name and current address
Nebraska

You do not need to show identification when you register to vote in person.

If you register to vote for the first time in Nebraska by mail, you must provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document which is dated within 60 days before date of presentation showing your name and address.

Nevada

You should show ID when you register. If not, you will be required to show ID at the polls. ID must show proof of residence, proof of identity, and a picture is required. Examples of recommended identification include a driver's license or any government issued ID. If the current photo identification does not include the voters current address please bring, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statemet, government check, or other government document that shows voter's name and current residence address is required.

New Hampshire

When registering to vote, you are required to provide proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile. To prove age, any reasonable documentation indicating you are 18 years of age or older is acceptable. If you do not have sufficient proof of identity, citizenship and domicile, you may sign an affidavit.

New Jersey

If you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003 and have never voted in a federal election in the county, you are required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification. If you registered by mail before January 1, 2003, you are not required to show identification to register.

If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your drivers's license number or the last four digits of your social security number), YOU MUST SHOW IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLING PLACE WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE.

Acceptable Identification includes:

  • Any current and valid photo ID
  • Driver’s license
  • Student or job ID
  • Military or other government ID
  • Store membership ID
  • United States passport
  • Bank statement
  • Car registration
  • Government check or document
  • Non-photo driver’s license
  • Rent receipt
  • Sample ballot
  • Utility bill
  • Any other official document
New Mexico

If the voter registration application is submitted by mail and it is the first time you have registered in your county or in the state of New Mexico, you must submit a copy of a current valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Submitting this identification information will allow you to avoid showing personal identification at your polling place on Election Day.

New York

To register to vote you must have either a verifiable New York State driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either of these, and you are registering for the first time by mail, you may provide a copy of one of the following:

  • A valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill
  • A bank statement
  • A government check
  • Some other government documentation that shows your name and address

If you do not provide identification with this form, you will be asked for it the first time you vote. Forms of current and valid photo identification include but are not limited to:

  • Passport
  • Government ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Public housing ID card
  • Any ID specified by HAVA and New York State law as acceptable
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check (Social Security, tax refund, military paycheck or paycheck stub)
  • Other government documents with your name and address including but not limited to: voter registration card, hunting, fishing, or trapping license or firearm permit.

 

North Carolina

To register, you must complete and sign a voter registration application. To complete the form, you must provide your full name, residential address, date of birth and citizenship status. Once completed, you must mail the form to the board of elections in your county. The board of elections will then send you a voter registration card.

North Dakota

No registration is necessary.

Ohio

When registering in person you must provide a current, valid Ohio driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the application.

If registering by mail and you do not provide your current Ohio driver's license or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the application, please enclose with your application a copy of one of the following forms of identification that shows your name and current address:

  • Current valid photo ID card
  • Military ID
  • Current (within one year) utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or government document (except board of elections notifications) showing your name and current address.
Oklahoma

When you register to vote you will need to provide your identification with your application. You can enter your Oklahoma driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the form.

You must sign and date the oath printed on the form. When you sign the voter registration application you swear you are eligible to vote.

Oregon

To register to vote, complete the voter registration form online, print it out and sign it. You can fill out the form online, but will still need to print, sign and mail it in. (Please use black ink.) Mail the form to your county elections official or drop it off in person. You must provide acceptable ID information to register to vote. If you have a current, valid Oregon driver's license or ID, you must provide that number on your voter registration form. If you do not have either of these items, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form. If you do not have any of these items, you must affirm this on the voter registration form and provide a copy of one of the following with your voter registration form:

  • Valid photo identification
  • A paycheck stub
  • A utility bill
  • A bank statement
  • A government document
  • Proof of eligibility under the uniformed and overseas citizens absentee voting act (UOCAVA) or the voting accessibility for the elderly and handicapped act (VAEH)

Your county elections office will mail you a card to let you know that your registration was received. If you are registering in Oregon for the first time, your completed voter registration form must be postmarked 21 days before the election in order to vote in that election. If you are unable to sign your name because of a disability, you should complete the "signature stamp attestation" form, which is available at your local county elections office.

Pennsylvania

If you have a Pennsylvania driver's license, you must provide your driver's license number on your registration form. If you do not have a Pennsylania license you must supply the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you do not have a Social Security Number, write none in the space provided for this number.

Rhode Island

If you are a first time voter in Rhode Island, you must provide your valid Rhode Island driver's license number or valid Rhode Island ID number issued by the Rhode Island division of motor vehicles. If you do not have a valid Rhode Island driver's license or Rhode Island ID number, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a driver's license, Rhode Island ID or Social Security number; if these numbers cannot be verified; or if you fail to complete this item on the registration form, you will be required to present one of the forms of identification listed below at the time of registration prior to voting or at the time of voting:

A copy of a current and valid photo ID provided by a third party in the ordinary course of business that includes your name and photo. Examples:

  • Driver's license or ID card of any state
  • US passport
  • Employee ID card
  • 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
  • Public housing ID card

Or a copy of any of the following documents, provided that they include the name and current address of the registering voter and it is dated since the date of the last General Election, unless the document is inteded to be permanent such as a pardon or discharge:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Government paycheck
  • Document issued by a government agency
  • Sample ballot or other official elections document issued by a governmental agency, dated for the election in which the individual is providing it as proof of residency or identity
  • Voter notification card issued by a governmental agency
  • Public housing ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
  • Student ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Tuition statement or bill issued by a governmental agency
  • Insurance plan card or drug discount card issued by a government agency
  • Discharge certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued to the individual by a governmental agency in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence; or other matter
  • Public transportation authority senior citizen and disabled discount cards issued by a governmental agency
  • ID documents issued by a governmental disability agency
  • ID documents issued by government homeless shelters and other government temporary or transitional facilities
  • Drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
  • Property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle registration issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle certificate of ownership issued by a governmental agency

You can bring one of the IDs listed above to the polling place on Election day, or mail a copy of the ID to the local board of canvassers before Election Day.

South Carolina

If you are registering for the first time by mail, you must attach a copy of a current valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address in the county where you wish to vote. If you do not provide this identification information by mail, you will be required to provide it when you vote.

South Dakota

You are required to show your South Dakota driver's license or provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number when registering to vote.

Tennessee

Identification is not required during registration but must be provided at the polls. See "ID Needed for Voting" for more information.

If you register to vote by mail, the first time you vote you must present an acceptable form of ID. Examples of acceptable IDs are:

  • Current photo ID with voter's name and photo
  • One of the following: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.

Voters who register by mail must vote in-person the first time they vote after registering.

Texas

New voter application asks for one of three identification numbers - a Texas Driver's license number, personal ID number issued by the Texas Department of Safety or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have any of these, you are still eligible to register to vote, but you are required to provide proof of your identity at the polling place. Acceptable ID includes:

  • Driver's license or personal ID card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
  • Texas Election ID certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal ID card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • US military ID card containing the person's photograph
  • US Citizenship certifcate containing the person's photograph
  • US passport
Utah

A driver's license or state ID number is required to register to vote. If you do not have either of these identification documents, please fill in the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either write none in the space provided.

Vermont

If you are registering for the first time by mail, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable form of ID. These include:

  • A valid photo ID (driver's license or passport)
  • A copy of a current utility bill
  • A copy of a current bank statement
  • A copy of another government document

If you are registering for the first time in Vermont you must take the Voter's Oath. The Vermont voter registration form contains the voter's oath that must be taken.

Virginia

When submitting your voter registration by mail for the first time, you must provide your Social Security number on the application and a copy of one of the following with your application:

  • A valid photo identification
  • A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
  • another government document that shows your name and address (for example a voter card)

Note: If no ID is sent, you must produce ID the first time you vote and it must be in person (not a mailed-in absentee ballot). Click here to download your state's registration form

Washington

ID is necessary to register. If you register by mail and do not have a Washington state driver's license, Washington state ID card, or a Social Security number, you will be required to provide one of the following items when you cast your ballot:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Valid tribal ID of a federally recognized Indian tribe in Washington state
  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • A government document that shows both your name and address

If you do not provide one of the above items either before or at the time of voting, your ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot.

West Virginia

If you register in person, you must bring proof of physical address. Examples include a driver's license, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document.

If you are registering by mail, fill out the application and remember to submit a copy of a current and valid ID or bring proof of identification with you to the polls. Valid proof of ID include a photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or any other official government document that shows your name a and address.

If you are registering online you must provide your name (as it appears on your WV ID or drivers license), your birthday, your WV ID or drivers license number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have a WV ID number or Social Security Number, you can still fill out the rest of the form online, print, and submit to your County Clerk by mail or in person.

First time West Virginia voters who have registered by mail and did not provide verification with application must show identification at the polls.

 

Wisconsin

To register to vote, you are required to supply your Wisconsin department of transportation issued driver's license or ID card number. If you have not been issued a Wisconsin driver's license or ID, you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number or your Wisconsin state ID card number. Alternately, you may indicate that you have not been issued a Wisconsin driver's license, ID, or Social Security number. Your registration cannot be processed until you provide this information.

You must provide proof of residence in order to establish your current address. The following constitute acceptable proof of residence (must contain your current and complete name, a current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any and the name of a municipality):

  • A current and valid Wisconsin driver's license
  • A current and valid Wisconsin ID card
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
  • Any ID card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
  • A residential lease which is effective on day of registration (this will not be sufficient for first time voters registering by mail)
  • A university, college or technical institute fee statement within the last 9 months with a student ID
  • A utility bill (gas, electric or telephone service) received within the past 90 days
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government
Wyoming

When registering to vote (by mail or in person,) you may provide the following forms of acceptable identification:

  • Wyoming driver's license
  • A different state's driver's license
  • An ID card issued by a local, state or federal agency
  • A U.S. passport
  • School ID
  • Military ID

You can also show two of the following in any combination:

  • 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
  • Any other form of identification issued by an official agency

Wyoming is exempt from the federal motor voter law and does not offer voter registration at the driver's license division. However, you may register at the polls on Election Day with acceptable ID.

ID Needed for Voting?

Alabama

You must present one of the following forms of valid photo ID before voting:

  • Alabama driver's license or non-driver ID card issued by the Alabama DMV
  • Any other photo ID issued by Alabama, any other state government, or the US
  • Federal Issued ID
  • US passport
  • Employee photo ID card issued by Alabama or the US
  • US military photo ID
  • Alabama photo voter ID card
  • Student or staff photo ID issued by a public or private college, university or postgraduate technical or professional school in Alabama
  • Tribal photo ID card

If you do not have a valid photo ID you  may vote only if you are identified by two election officials in the polling place as a voter on the poll list who is eligible to vote and the election officials execute an affidavit stating this. 

If you do not have a valid photo ID and the election officials are not able to identify you, you must cast a provisional ballot.

Free photo ID available!

If you do not have a photo ID, you may obtain one from the Secretary of State or from your county Board of Registrars. You are able to get a new photo ID card each time you move within the state. If you are elderly or have a disability such that your polling place is not accessible, you are not required to produce identification when voting by absentee ballot.

Alaska

You will need to show your signed voter ID card, or any other signed ID that will allow the election worker to verify your signature. Examples include your driver's license, military ID, Indian ID, fish and game license, state ID card, passport, or senior citizen ID card. A picture ID is not necessary.

You may also present one of the following forms of ID if it includes your name and current address:

  • current utility bill or pay check
  • government check or bank statement
  • other government issued ID

After showing your ID, you will sign your name on the precinct register. When doing this, check the address that is listed. If your address is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct address.

If you do not have an acceptable ID you can get one from your local DMV.

If you do not have ID or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you must vote a questioned ballot.

Arizona

You will be required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. You will announce your name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification that bears your name, address, and photograph or two different forms of identification that bear your name and address. An identification is valid unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

Acceptable forms of identification with photograph, name, and address:

  • Valid Arizona driver's license
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification license
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Valid U.S. federal, state, or local government issued ID

Acceptable forms of identification without a photograph that bear your name and address (two required):

  • Utility bill 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 your residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Recorder's certificate
  • Valid U.S. federal, state, or local government issued ID, including a voter registration card issued by the county recorder
  • Arizona vihicle insurance
  • Any maining to the elector marked "Official Election Material"

Other acceptable forms of identification are one identification with name and photo of the elector accompanied by one non-photo identification with name and address.

  • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
  • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
  • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2

An identification is valid unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

Arkansas

Photo IDs are not required to cast your ballot.

If you are a first time voter who registered by mail and did not submit a copy of the required ID with the applications, you must show one of the following before casting your ballot:

  • Valid Arkansas Driver's License or other photo ID
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address

If you do not show one of these forms of ID you may vote a Provisional Ballot.

California

A first-time voter who registers and did not provide identification with their application, may need to show identification at the polls. To be safe, bring your driver's license or another photo ID.

Colorado

If you are voting by mail for the first time you may need to provide a photocopy of your identification with your ballot. Voters who recently registered for the first time and are voting by mail are required to provide a photocopy of their identification.

When voting in person you will need one of the following types of identification:

  • A valid Colorado driver's license
  • A valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or Colorado, or by any Colorado county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state
  • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the United States
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with photograph of the elector
  • 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. A cable bill, a telephone bill, documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and residence address of the student elector, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of identification
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado.
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible election
  • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood
  • Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote

A Social Security number (or last four digits) is NOT a legal form of identification for voting in person. Neither is any document produced by Colorado's statewide registration system.

Connecticut

You must either show identification or sign a one line affidavit at the polling place if you have not provided proper identification when registering. A photo ID is not required. Acceptable forms of ID at the polling place are:

  • A Social Security card
  • Any other preprinted form of identification that shows your name and address, name and signature, or name and photograph.
  • Any current and valid photo ID that shows your name and address
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address

If you do not have identification, the affidavit form requires your name, residential address, date of birth, and signature. The affidavit states, under penalty of false statement, that you are the one whose name appears on the official checklist.

First time voters who registered to vote by mail and did not provide acceptable ID at registration must show identification at the polls or with their absentee ballots. Acceptable forms of identification 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 address. If you are a first time voter, you will be required to present identification and may not use the secretary of state's affidavit in lieu of acceptable ID.

Delaware

You will be asked to show ID at the polls. However, you do not need to show ID in order to vote. If you do not show an ID you must fill out a form before you can vote, but you will still be allowed to cast your ballot.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Delaware Drivers License or State ID
  • US Passport
  • Signed Polling Place or Social Security Card
  • Signed vehicle registration
  • Signed credit card with photo
  • Similar document that IDs the person by photo or signature.
District of Columbia

Identification is required of first-time voters who register by mail and do not provide proof of identification with their application.

Florida

To vote at the polls, you must provide picture identification that also shows a signature OR picture identification and another form of ID with your signature.

Examples of accepted photo IDs with a signature are:

  • Florida driver's license
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • United States passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood association identification
  • Public assistance identification
  • Veteran health ID card issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06
  • Employee ID card issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county or a municipality

If you have additional questions about voter ID, please contact your local elections office.

If your photo ID does not have your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that does have your signature.

If you do not bring a valid ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot. As long as you are eligible and voted in the proper precinct, your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.

Georgia

When you arrive at your polling place, you will be required to present one of the following forms of identification:

  • A Georgia driver's license, even if it is expired
  • A photo ID issued by a state or federal government agency
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • An employee ID card containing your photograph and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of Georgia
  • A valid U.S. military ID card
  • A valid tribal ID card.
  • If you do not have one of the above forms of ID, the State of Georgia offers a free Voter Identification Card.

If you are unable to show identification at the time of voting you may cast a provisional ballot which will be counted only if you present identification within the two day period following the election. For more information on the acceptable forms of photo ID and the free Voter Identification Card, please visit your state's resource.

Hawaii

Poll workers may ask you provide a photo ID with a signature. However, this is not required in order to vote. If you have no ID you will be asked to give your date of birth and residence address to the poll worker in order to verify the information in the poll book.

Identification is required of first-time voters who register by mail and do not provide proof of identification with their application. Acceptable forms of ID include any current and valid photo ID, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

 

Idaho

All voters are required to show photo ID or sign a Personal Identification Affidavit to cast a regular ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • An Idaho driver's license or photo Identification Card
  • A U.S. passport or Federal photo identification card
  • A current student photo ID, issued by an Idaho high school or post secondary education institution.
  • A tribal photo identification card.

NOTE: The name on the ID must match the name on the registration list in the poll book but common abbreviations and nicknames are acceptable.

If you do not have an acceptable form of ID, you can get one from your local DMV. You must bring proof of age, residency, legal presence, name change (if applicable) and your Social Security number in order to obtain your new ID.

Illinois

Identification is not required to vote at the polls, although you will be required to verify your signature.

If you register to vote by mail and did not submit any ID with the registration, you must show one of the below forms of ID to vote:

  • A current and valid photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Lease or contract for residence
  • Student ID and mail addressed to voter's residence
  • Government document

All forms of ID above must show your name and address. If you do not show any of these types of ID you will be asked to vote a Provisional Ballot.

Illinois voters who vote during the early voting period must vote in person and must provide a valid identification. Valid forms of identification for this purpose include a current driver's license, state-issued identification card, or another government-issued identification card.

Indiana

Photo ID is required of all voters casting a ballot in person. There are exceptions for certain confined voters and voters casting absentee ballots by mail. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver's license, passport, military ID or picture ID from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The criteria for acceptable ID include:

  • Photograph
  • A name which matches the voter registration record
  • An expiration date after Election Day
  • Must have been issued by the U.S. government or the state of Indiana

A student ID from an Indiana State school may only be used if it meets all of the four criteria specified above. A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes. For more information for college students, click here.

If you do not have an acceptable form of ID you can get one for free from your local BMV location!

Iowa

You may need to show identification at the poll if:

  • You registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003 and you have never voted in a primary or general election in your county of residence
  • Your registration is inactive
  • You have moved from the address where you are registered to vote
  • Your right to vote is challenged
  • The precinct election officials do not know you

If you are asked to show ID, you can use a current and valid photo ID or any of the following documents if they show your name and current address:

  • Driver's license or non-operator ID from Iowa or another state
  • US passport
  • US Military ID card
  • Employer-issued ID card
  • Student ID from an Iowa high school, college or university
  • Current utility bill (including cell phone bill),
  • Current bank statement,
  • Current paycheck or government check, or
  • Other current government document.
  • Residential lease
  • Property tax statement

If you are asked for ID and don't have any of the documents listed above, you may have another voter who is registered in your precinct who knows you vouch for your identity and residence.

If you don't have the needed ID and don't have another voter to vouch for you, you may cast a provisional ballot.

Kansas

Voters must show photo ID when casting a vote. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A driver's license or nondriver's ID card issued by Kansas, or by another state or district in of the U.S.
  • A concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas, or a concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by another state or district of the U.S.
  • A U.S. passport
  • An employee badge or ID document issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency
  • A military ID issued by the U.S.
  • A student ID card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in the state of Kansas.
  • A public assistance ID card issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency.
  • An ID card issued by an Indian tribe

Photo ID is also required for early voting and absentee voting. EXCEPTIONS AVAILABLE: Persons over 65 may use expired documentation as proof of identity.

FREE ID: ID cards for persons over 17 years old are free if the applicant signs an affidavit attesting that the ID is needed for purposes of voting in Kansas and that the applicant does not possess any other form of identification qualifying as acceptable ID for voting. The applicant must also produce evidence that he/she is a registered voter in Kansas. Find that affidavit here. Unique among the states, Kansas provides free birth certificates to persons born in Kansas if needed to acquire a photo ID for voting.

Kentucky

ID is required, however photo ID is not required.

Acceptable forms of ID include a personal acquaintance of the precinct officer, or a document such as a driver's license, Social Security card, or credit card or another form of ID containing both a picture and a signature.

Louisiana

To vote, you must either present a valid photo ID, or sign an affidavit if no photo ID is available. Acceptable photo ID includes:

  • A Louisiana driver's license
  • A Louisiana special ID card (you can get one for free at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card).
  • Any other generally recognized picture ID card that contains your name and signature

If you do not have any form of ID, you can still vote by signature on a voter affidavit.

You can also get a free Louisian Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information car.

Maine

If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to provide identification to receive a ballot. If you are registering on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of identity and residency.

Maryland

You will be asked to provide identification at the polling place if:

  • You are voting for the first time in Maryland
  • You registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003
  • You have not previously met the identification requirements

If you registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2006, you most likely satisfied the identification requirement during the registration process. If you did not satisfy the requirement, your county election board will have notified you and requested information to satisfy the identification requirement. You can satisfy the identification requirement by providing one of the following:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other state or federal government issued ID card.)
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.
Massachusetts

If you are voting for the first time in MA in a federal election, are an inactive voter or are casting a provisional or challenged ballot, you may be asked to provide ID at the polls. You are also required to show an ID if you're voting for the first time in MA after registering by mail and did not include a copy of your ID in your mailed in registration form.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Driver's license
  • State issued ID card
  • Recent utility bill
  • Rent receipt
  • Lease
  • Copy of voter registration affidavit
  • Any other printed ID that contains your name and address

 

Michigan

You must show a photo ID or sign an affidavit attesting that you do not have a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.

Voters with picture ID: Voters can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card. 

Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:

• Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state.

• Federal or state government-issued photo ID.

• U.S. passport.

• Military identification card with photo.

• Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.

• Tribal identification card with photo.

If you do not have a driver's license or other form of photo ID, you can get a state ID card at your local Secretary of State branch for $10. People over 65, people who have had driving privileges terminated due to physical or mental disability, or are blind do not need to pay this fee.

Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID or forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.

Questions regarding the voter identification requirement can be directed to your local city or township clerk’s office.

Minnesota

You only need ID to vote if you have not registered before arriving at the polling precinct. You may register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. Options of proof of residence are as follows:

ID with current name and address:

  • Valid Minnesota driver's license, Minnesota learner's permit, Minnesota ID card or a receipt for any of these
  • Tribal ID card with your name, address, photo and signature

Photo ID plus a document with current name and address:

Accepted photo IDs:

  • Driver's license, state ID card or learner's permit issued by any state
  • US passport
  • US military ID card
  • Tribal ID card with name, signature and photo
  • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
  • Minnesota high school ID card

Accepted documents:

  • Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
  • Current student fee statement
  • Bill, account or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for: phone, TV, internet services, solid waste or sewer services, electric, gas, water, banking or credit card, rent or mortgage payments

Registered voter who can confirm your name and address:

A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to your polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. One registered voter can vouch for up to eight others

College student ID - if a student housing list was provided:

College students can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.

Valid registration in same precinct:

If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the elections official your previous name or address. You are not required to provide any additional documentation.

Notice of late registration:

If you registered to vote too close to Election Day, you may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register on Election Day.

Staff person of a residential facility:

If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polls to confirm your address.

Mississippi

Photo ID is required in order to vote. You must show one of the following forms of ID - expired photo IDs are acceptable as long as they are not more than 10 years old:

  • A driver's license
  • Photo ID card issued by a branch, department or entity of the Staet of Mississippi
  • US passport
  • Government employee ID card
  • Firearms license
  • Student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
  • US military ID
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the US governemtn or any state government
  • Mississippi Voter ID Card

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can obtain a Mississippi Voter ID Card at no cost. You can apply for a Mississippi Voter ID card at any Circuit Clerk's office during normal business hours. Or call 1-855-868-3745 for more information.

 

Missouri

You must show an acceptable form of ID when going to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are as follows:

  • ID issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state
  • ID issued by the U.S. government or agency
  • ID issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational or technical school located within Missouri
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains your name and address
  • A driver's license or state ID card issued by another state

The Missouri DMV will issue free non-driver's licenses to those (with proper identification requirements,) who need them to vote.

Montana

Before you receive your ballot you must present a current photo ID, such as a driver's license or US passport.

If you do not have a photo ID, you can show any of the following to cast your ballot. All must have your name and current address in order to be valid.

  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Voter confirmation notice
  • Government check or other government document

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can still vote by requesting and filling out a Polling Place Elector ID form. Or you can vote a provisional ballot.

Nebraska

No identification is required unless you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide verification with your registration application. Please check with your local election officials to determine what form of ID is needed at the polls.

Nevada

If you are a first time voter, and did not provide an acceptable form of ID with your registration from, you may be asked to show ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current Nevada drivers' license
  • Current Nevada state ID card
  • Armed Forces ID card
  • Sheriff's Work ID card
  • ID card issued by an Agency of the State of Nevada or other political subdivision
  • Student ID card
  • US Passport
  • Tribale ID card

Other forms of ID may be used. Please check with your County Clerk for more information.

New Hampshire

A photo ID will be requested of you, but you may sign a simple affidavit and have your photo taken.

Acceptable Federal and State Photo IDs (may be expired within the last five years, unless you are over 65 and then no expiration restrictions apply)

  • Driver's license issued by any state
  • Non-driver's photo ID from any state
  • US Armed Services phtot ID
  • US passport or passport card
  • NH photo ID issued by the DMV for voting purposes only

Student Photo IDs (no date is required)

  • NH schools including public and private colleges and universities, community colleges and licensed career schools
  • Public high schools and private high schools that are approved by the NH Department of Educations

Other

  • A photo ID deemed acceptable by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • Verification of a person's identity by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • An affidavit filled out and signed by the voter and an authorized election officer

If you do not have an approved photo ID you may get a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher from your town/city clerk to any New Hampshire DMV office that issues identification.

New Jersey

Identification is not required unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail and did not provide ID verification with application. If you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003, and never voted in a federal election in the county, you are required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification.

Acceptable Identification includes current and valid photo ID such as:

  • Driver's license
  • Student or job ID
  • Military or other government ID
  • Store membership ID
  • United States passport
  • Bank statement
  • Car registration
  • Government check or document
  • Non-photo driver's license
  • Rent receipt
  • Sample ballot
  • Utility bill
  • Any other official document

Every person registering to vote must provide his or her NJ driver's licensenumber or MVC non-driver ID number. If the registrant does not have either a driver's license or MVC ID, the last four numbers of his or her socialsecurity number must be provided. These numbers will be verified by theNew Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. The registrant will be notified if the numbers cannot be matched. If the registrant does not have a driver's license, a MVC non-driver ID or social security number can be entered into that box on the registration form.

If you show identification, you will vote via the voting machine. If you do not show identification, you will vote via provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election, to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact.

New Mexico

If you registered to vote for the first time by mail and did not provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID along with a current utility bill or bank statement, you will need to show some form of ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • An original or copy of a current  and valid photo ID with or without an address (the address doesn't need to match the address on your registration)
  • Original or copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student ID card or other government document, including ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and address (the address doesn't need to match the address on your registration)
  • Verbal or written statement by you (the voter) with your name, year of birth and registered address

If you can not provide any of the above forms of ID you may vote a provisional ballot.

New York

If you are a new voter who is registering by mail, you will be required to show identification when you go to vote for the first time. If you are already registered at the board of elections or a state agency, you should not have to show identification at the polls. It is advisable for all new voters to bring identification when voting for the first time. Acceptable IDs to to vote are:

  • Passport
  • Government ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Public housing ID card
  • Any ID specified by HAVA and New York State law as acceptable
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check (Social Security, tax refund, military paycheck or paycheck stub)
  • Other government documents with your name and address including but not limited to: voter registration card, hunting, fishing, or trapping license or firearm permit.
North Carolina

Identification is required of first-time voters who register by mail and do not provide proof of identification with their application. If you have voted in previous elections, or registered in person, no ID is needed to vote.

If you do need to show ID at the polls, acceptable forms include any bill in your name at your address or even the vouching of your ID by a poll official.

North Dakota

Acceptable forms of identification must include, name, date of birth and your street address. P.O. Boxes do not establish residency and CANNOT be accepted. If you do not have the below acceptable forms of ID, you may still cast your ballot by signing a declaration or affidavit at the polls.

Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Driver's license
  • Non-driver's ID card
  • Tribal government issued ID card
  • Long-term car ID certificate (provided by ND facility)

If you are voting absentee, acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Any forms of ID listed above
  • Passport or Military ID - Only for ND residents living outside the US who do not possess one of the other forms of ID
  • Attester - an applicant without acceptable form of ID may use an attester. The attester must provide his or her name, ND drivers license, non-driver's, or tribal ID number and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant's ND residency and voting eligibility.

If you don't have the acceptable form of ID, you can get one from your local Drivers License Center.

Ohio

Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
  • A military identification;
  • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months.   “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill.    “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts.  “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio

Oklahoma

When voting in person you will need proof of identification:

Proof of identity documents for voting must have been issued by the United States government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.

The document used for proof of identity for voting must contain the following information:

  • The name of the person to whom it was issued
  • A photograph of the person to whom it was issued
  • An expiration date that is after the date of the election, unless the identification is valid indefinitely

Examples include:

  • An Oklahoma driver's license
  • State identification card
  • A U.S. passport
  • Military identification
  • A voter identification card received by mail from the County Election Board when you registered to vote. The law allows use of the voter identification card even though it does not include a photograph or an expiration date.

If you do not have proof of identity, you may only vote by provisional ballot. When you cast a provisional ballot you will be required to fill out and sign an affidavit swearing or affirming you are the person identified on the precinct voter registry. Your provisional ballots will be sealed inside a special envelope and not put through the voting device.

After election day, County Election Board officials will review the information you provided on the affidavit and if it matches your voter registration information they will count your ballot. If the information you provided does not match your voter registration information your vote will be rejected.

Oregon

Oregon has a vote by mail process. Instead of using traditional polling places where voters go to cast ballots on Election Day, a ballot is mailed to each registered voter.

You will need to sign the return envelope of your ballot. Your signature will be matched with your voter registration card to verify your identity.

Pennsylvania

Unless your are a first time voter, you do not need to show any ID to vote a regular ballot on Election Day.

First time voters are required to show some form of ID, but it does not need to be a photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Pennsylvania driver's license or PENNDOT ID card
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the US Government
  • US Passport
  • US armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID
  • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth that shows name and address
  • Non-photo ID issued by the US Government that shows name and address
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill that shows name and address
  • Current bank statement that shows name and address
  • Current paycheck that shows name and address
  • Government check that shows name and address

All voters may be asked to show ID at the polls, however, you cannot be stopped from voting a regular ballot if you do not provide a valid ID.

 

Rhode Island

Voters must show a photo ID at the polls. Acceptable IDs include:

  • RI driver's license
  • U.S. passport
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
  • U.S. military identification card
  • ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island like a RIPTA bus pass
  • Government-issued medical card
  • RI Voter ID

Registered voters who don't have an acceptable current and valid photo ID can get a free Voter ID the Secretary of State office in Providence during normal business hours. To find more information on where to get a free Voter ID and for information on how to get a Voter ID visit the Secretary of State website

No eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to their polling place can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. The ballot will be counted if the signature they give at the polling place matches the signature on their voter registration.

South Carolina

You will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs on Election Day:

  • South Carolina Driver's License
  • ID Card Issued by South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
  • South Carolina Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

If you do not have one of the above photo IDs, you can get one for free by:

  • Registered voters can get a voter registration card with a photo from their county voter registration and elections office by providing their date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security number.
  • Get a DMV ID card at a local DMV office. To see what documentation is required click here.

If you do not have a photo ID on Election Day you may be able to vote a provisional ballot after showing your non-photo voter registration card. You must have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID in order to vote the provisional ballot. Reasonable impediments include:

  • Religious objection to being photographed
  • Disability or illness
  • Work schedule
  • Lack of transportation
  • Lack of birth certificate
  • Family responsibilities
  • Any other obstacle you find reasonable

To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:

  • Present your current, non-photo registration card at the polling place
  • Sign an affidavit stating why you cannot obtain a photo ID
  • Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the county election commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.

If you do not have a photo ID and do not have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one, or you forgot to bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote a provisional ballot. However, for your vote to be counted you must provide one of the photo IDs to the county election commission prior to certification of the election (usually the Thursday or Friday after the election).

South Dakota

You must show one of the following forms of ID at the polls when you go to vote:

  • A South Dakota driver's license or non-driver ID card
  • A passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by an agency of the U.S. government
  • A tribal identification card, including a picture
  • US Government photo ID
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student photo ID from a South Dakota high school
  • A current ID that includes a picture, issued by an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within South Dakota

If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal ID affidavit.

Tennessee

A photo ID is required when you vote. All voters must present an ID containing the voter's name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

  • Tennessee drivers license with your photo
  • United States Passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  • United States Military photo ID
  • State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo

IDs that are not acceptable:

  • College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government

Who is exempt?

  • Voters who vote absentee by mail
  • Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assissted living center and who vote at the facility
  • Voters who are hospitalized
  • Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
  • Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee

If you do not have a photo ID you may obtain a free photo ID from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at a driver service center. You will need proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate), two proofs of Tenessee residency (such as a voter registration card, utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement), and if your name differs from that on your primary ID, proof of the changed name (such as a certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, certified court order, etc.). If you do not have a photo on your driver's license and no other form of valid photo ID, you may visit a driver service center to have your photo added to your license for free upon request.

If you do not bring a valid photo ID to the polling place you may vote a provisional ballot. You will then have two business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid ID.

For more information visit the Tennessee Secretary of State website.

Texas

If you  have one of the below forms of ID, you must show one at the polling location before you can cast a vote. If you do not have one of these forms of ID you may still cast a normal ballot! See below for more information.

Types of acceptable ID:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

If you do not have any of these forms of ID but still wish to vote, you may do so by signing a declaration saying you have a "reasonable impediment" to obtaining one of these forms of ID. You must also show some alternative form of ID, such as:

  • Voter registration certificate
  • Driver's license or personal ID card from any state (regardless of expiration date)
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Any other government document that shows your name and address.

Once you sign the form and show your ID you will be able to cast a normal ballot at your polling place.

Utah

In order to vote in Utah you need a valid voter ID. This is either a form of ID that has your name and photo or two forms of ID that have your name and proof of residence. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • A current, valid Utah driver's license
  • A current, valid ID card issued by the state or a branch, department, or agency of the United States
  • A current, valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon
  • A current, valid US passport
  • A valid tribal ID card, whether or not the card includes a photo of the voter

Or, provide two forms of the following:

  • A current utility bill or copy dated within 90 days before the election
  • A bank or other financial account statement, or a copy
  • A certified birth certificate
  • A valid Social Security card
  • A check issued by the state or federal government or a copy
  • A current, valid Utah hunting or fishing license
  • A paycheck from the voter's employer, or a copy
  • A current, valid US military ID card
  • Certified naturalization documents (not a green card)
  • A certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change
  • A bureau of Indian Affairs card
  • A tribal treaty card
  • A valid Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card
  • A current, valid ID card issued by a local government within the state
  • A current, valid ID card issued by an employer
  • A current, valid ID card issued by a college, university, technical school or professional school within the state
  • A current Utah vehicle registration
Vermont

First-time voters that registered by mail and did not provide verification are required to show identification at the polls.

Virginia

Voters must show one of the following forms of photo ID at the polls:

  • Virginia Driver's License or other photo ID issued by Virginia
  • US Passport
  • Any government-issued photo ID card (issued by the US Government, Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
  • Student ID that has a photograph and that was issued by any institution of higher learning in Virginia
  • Student ID issued by a public or private school in VA displaying a photo
  • Employee ID card that has a photograph and that was issued by the employer in the ordinary course of business
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran's ID card
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia

For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs, click here.

If you do not have a photo ID you can get a free voter identification card from any county registrar, whichever is most convenient for you. You will need to fill out the Voter Photo Identification Application, get your photo taken and give the registrar your electronic signature. Your photo ID card will be mailed within 7-10 days.

If you apply for a photo ID card less than 21 days before the next election, you will receive a temporary ID in the registrar's office that is valid for 30 days. You will still receive your permanent ID through the mail. 

Washington

ID is only required if you use an audiovisual unit at a voting center. Acceptable forms of ID for voting include:

  • Photo ID, such as a driver's license, state ID card, student ID card, or tribal ID card
  • Voter registration card
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Other government document

A voter who does not have ID may vote a provisional ballot.

West Virginia

If you registered by mail, you will have to take a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current document with your updated name and address the first time you vote.

Wisconsin

Photo ID is required before you may vote.

The following types of photo ID are acceptable and may be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election:

  • A Wisconsin DOT issued drivers license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
  • A Wisconsin DOT issued ID card
  • Military ID card issued by a US uniformed service
  • US Passport (booklet or card)
  • College ID cards (even if expired)

The following types of ID are acceptable if they are unexpired:

  • Certificate of naturalization that was issued no earlier than two years before the date of the election
  • Driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • Citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT issued drivers license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.

You may show an ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin as well, if it is expired or unexpired.

The address on your photo ID card does not have to be current. The name on your photo ID card dose not need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book.

Free photo ID cards available.

If you need a photo ID card in order to vote you can take any of the following documents (original copies only, no photocopies) to your DMV office and fill out an application for ID. You will need one document from each category below to satisfy the application. Your ID will be sent to you through the mail. You will receive a receipt that is valid for 45 days that you can use at the polls until your card arrives.

Proof of Name and Date of Birth:

  • Certified birth certificate from Wisconsin
  • Certified birth certification from another state or territory of the United States or a certificate of birth abroad issued by the US Department of State. Wisconsin will NOT accept any Puerto Rican birth certificate certified before July 1, 2010.
  • Current, non-expired, US passport
  • Valid foreign passport with federal I-551 or I-94, arrival and departure record
  • Valid Wisconsin driver license/DOT issued ID card with your photo and signature
  • Federal I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card
  • Feder I-94 Arrival-Departure Record (Parole or Refugees Version), a reception and placement program assurance form plus a letter from sponsoring agency and MV3002
  • US Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570)
  • Us Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561)
  • Federal temporary resident card or employment authorization card (I-688, I-688B or I-766)
  • Native American ID Card issued in Wisconsin by a federally recognized tribe
  • Court order with court seal related to the adoption or divorce of the individual or to a name or gender change that includes the person's current full legal name, date of birth and the person's prior name. This does not include an abstract of criminal or civil conviction
  • Armed Forces of the US ID card; Common Access Card of DD Form 2
  • TSA Transpiration Worker ID Credential (TWIC card)

Proof of Identity:

  • A valid WI or out-of-state driver license (not a Canadian driver license) with your photo. Temporary out-of-state driving receipts are not acceptable
  • Military discharge papers, including Federal DD-214
  • US Government and Military Dependent ID Card
  • A valid WI or out of state ID card (not Canadian) with your photo
  • Certified copy of a Marriage Certificate or Judgment of Divorce
  • Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration
  • If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian can show a valid WI driver license or ID card to confirm your identity
  • TSA Transportation Worker ID Credential (TWIC card)

Proof of Citizenship or Legal Status:

  • US state or local government-issued certificate of birth (certified copy - birth registration and hospital certificates are not acceptable)
  • Valid US passport
  • US Certificate of Citizenship (federal form N-560 or N-561)
  • US Certificate of Naturalization (federal form N-550 or N-570)
  • DHS/Transportation Security Administration (TSA) transportation worker ID credential

Proof of Wisconsin Residency:

  • Employee photo ID card issued by your current employer, containing your employer's name and address. Your employer's telephone number may be required for verification.
  • Pay check or stub or earning statement with your name and WI address, and your employer's name and address, issued within the last 90 days. Your employer's telephone number may be required for verification
  • A utility bill for water, gas, electricity or landline telephone service issued within the last 90 days. Cable or similar bundles of service that include landline telephone service is included in this category. Electronic copies are acceptable
  • Cell phone bills. Electronic copies are acceptable
  • An account statement from a WI bank/financial institution issued within the last 90 days. This includes savings, checking or money market accounts held in banks or credit unions. Electronic copies are acceptable
  • Certified school record or transcript that identifies you by name, shows your current address and is issued within the last 90 days for the most recent school period
  • Mortgage documents for a residential property located in Wisconsin
  • Community based/assisted living residential contracts
  • Your current valid homeowner, renter or motor vehicle insurance policy dated within one year of application
  • Government issued correspondence or product issued within the last 90 days from a federal, state, county or city agency
  • Department of Corrections document: Letters from probation/parole agents on letterhead issued within the last 90 days
  • Your college enrollment document or Form 2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status with your current WI address
  • A photo ID card issued by a WI accredited university or college that contains the following: date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. The university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves student's current address (housing contract or lease)
  • Valid Wisconsin hunting or fishing license.

If you are an absentee voter or have a sincere religious belief against being photographed, you may no need to show a photo ID in order to vote.

If you're in the military, live permanently overseas or are classified as a confidential elector, you do NOT need a photo ID to cast your absentee ballot.

If you are indefinitely confined (have difficulty traveling to the polling place due to age, physical illness, infirmity or disability), or live in a nursing home or care facility, you do NOT need to show your photo ID to vote.

If you wish to obtain an ID for voting purposes, but have spiritual beliefs which prevent you from being photographed, you can receive a State ID card without a photo at any DMV office.

For more information about photo ID please see this brochure.

Wyoming

No form of identification (including a registration card,) needs to be shown at the polls when voting. You are only required to show identification when registering to vote.

Wyoming allows qualified voters to register at the polls on Election Day by bringing an acceptable form of ID to the polls:

  • Wyoming driver's license
  • A different state's driver's license
  • An ID card issued by a local, state or federal agency
  • A U.S. passport
  • School ID
  • Military ID

You can also show two of the following in any combination:

  • 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
  • Any other form of identification issued by an official agency

Provisional Voting

Alabama

A provisional ballot is voted the same as any other ballot except you must sign an affidavit attesting to your eligibility to vote. If your name is not on the poll list, the provisional ballot will be counted only if the county board of registrars is able to confirm, after the election, that you are a duly qualified elector of the county.

When you cast a provisional ballot because you did not have proper identification at the polling place, you have until 5:00 pm on the Monday following the election to submit the ID to the board of registrars. If proper ID is submitted by this deadline, the ballot will be counted. You may also cast a provisional ballot if you did not receive a requested absentee ballot or did not vote the absentee ballot.

To find instructions on how to cast a provisional ballot visit your state's resource.

To find out if your provisional ballot was counted, use your state's provisional ballot tool.

Alaska

Provisional voting is available if you do not have identification or are not personally known by the election official, or if your name does not appear on the precinct register at the polling place where you are attempting to vote. You will have to vote a provisional ballot that will be delivered to a regional election office for verification of eligibility before being counted.

Arizona

You will vote by provisional ballot if:

  • Your name is not on the registration list
  • The name and address on the registration list is not the same as the name and address on your ID
  • Your ID is not sufficient
  • You moved to a new precinct within the county
  • You changed your name
  • You were challenged as a qualified voter
  • You requested an early ballot but did not vote an early ballot

The voter is given a provisional voter receipt with information on how to verify the status of the voter's provisional ballot.

Arkansas

If your name is not on the precinct voter registration list, or you do not show a valid photo ID, the election official shall permit you to vote only under the following conditions:

  • You identify yourself by stating your name, date of birth and that you are verified by the county clerk as a registered voter within the county
  • You affirm your current residence and the election official verifies with the county clerk that your residence is within the precinct
  • You complete an updated voter registration application form
  • You sign the precinct voter registration list

If you are not listed on the precinct voter registration list and the election official is unable to verify your registration with the county clerk and you contend that you are eligible to vote, then you may vote a challenged ballot which shall only be counted upon verification of your registration status by the county board of election commissioners prior to certification of the election.

If your ballot is challenged, the election officials in the election precinct will make and retain a list of the names of all persons who are challenged and the procedure shall be as follows:

  • You will separate your marked ballot and ballot stub
  • You will place the challenged ballot in a single challenged ballot envelope and seal the envelope
  • You will place the ballot stub and the sealed challenged ballot envelope and the challenge form in a challenged voter envelope
  • The ballots of all challenged persons shall be preserved, secured, and separated from the remaining ballots to the end that the right of any person to vote may be determined later by the county board of election commissioners
  • The county board shall, prior to certification of the results of the election, determine whether the challenged ballots are valid

The election official will provide the voter with written instructions on how to determine whether the provisional vote was counted and,if not, the reason the vote was not counted. (Inmost cases, the election commission will mail a notice to the voter.)

If you have to cast a Provisional Ballot because your registration status could not be confirmed:

  • If your name is not included on the precinct voter registration list and if the election official at the poll cannot verify the voter's status as a registered voter in the county, that voter is entitled to cast a Provisional Ballot if he or she contends to be a registered voter in the precinct in which he or she desires to vote.
  • The election official will ask you to provide a current, valid photo 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. If you fail to provide this ID, the election official will note it on the precinct voter list.
  • The election official will write your name and address on the list of provisional voters.
  • The election official will provide a Voter Affirmation form on which you affirm that you are a registered voter in the precinct and are eligible to vote in the election.
  • When the affirmation is completed, the election official will provide the proper ballot to you.
  • You may then mark the ballot.
  • Then you should place the marked ballot into the Provisional Ballot envelope and seal it.
  • Then you should then place the Voter Affirmation (if the affirmation is a separate piece of paper and not printed on the envelope) in the Provisional Voter envelope.
  • The election official shall provide you with written instructions on how to determine whether or not the provisional vote was counted, and, if not, the reason the vote was not counted. (In most cases, the election commission will mail a notice to the voter.)
California

You may be asked to vote a provisional ballot at the polls due to one of the following reasons:

  • Your name is not on the official roster of voters and the election officer cannot verify your voting eligibility on Election Day. The elections official's office will then check the registration records. If further research determines that you are eligible to vote in the election, the provisional ballot will be counted.
  • You have moved within the county, but did not re-register to vote. The elections official will verify your prior registration before the provisional ballot will be counted. Your registration will then be updated with your current address.
  • Records indicate that you requested an absentee ballot and you fail to turn in the absentee ballot at the polls on Election Day. The election official's office will check the records, and if you did not vote an absentee ballot, your provisional ballot will be counted.
  • You are a first-time federal election voter in the county and were unable to provide the required proof of identification. The elections official's office will verify your eligibility to vote by comparing the signature on your registration with the signature on the provisional ballot envelope.

Provisional ballots are counted during the official canvass when:

  • Prior to the completion of the official canvass (the vote tally), the elections official's office establishes, from voter registration records, your right to vote the ballot.
  • Or by order of the Superior Court in the county of your residence, you seek a court order to require that your ballot be counted, at any time prior to the completion of the official canvass. Any judicial action or appeal shall have priority over all other civil matters.

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requires each state or local elections official to establish a "Free Access System," such as a toll-free telephone number for voters to call or an internet website that you can access free of charge, to ascertain whether or not your provisional vote was counted, and, if it was not counted, the reason why it was not counted. For information about how to access each county's Provisional Voting Free Access System, please visit your state's resource.

Colorado

You may vote provisionally if:

  • You vote outside the county where you live
  • The statewide registration system shows you already voted in the election
  • You don't present a valid form of ID

You can register and change your address on Election Day to vote a normal ballot.

Provisional ballots will be counted after the voters' eligibility is confirmed and no later than 14 days after a General Election and 10 days after a primary election.

After you vote a provisional ballot, you will receive a receipt. This receipt will explian how you determine the status of your provisional ballot.

A provisional ballot affidavit is treated as a voter registration application for the next election, regardless of whether the provisional ballot is counted, as long as the affidavit contains all the required information and the voter is eligible to register.

Connecticut

Provisional ballots are issued in the following situations:

  • You claim to be an elector in a jurisdiction, but you are not on the official voter list
  • The registrar determines that you cannot be restored or transferred from another polling place
  • A polling district moderator decides that you may not vote in the primary or election
  • You fail to provide appropriate identification

If you are requesting a provisional ballot, you should request it from the polling district in which you reside. Registrars of voters will forthwith verify the information contained with each provisional ballot to determine whether you are eligible to vote and note their decision on the outer envelope containing the ballot. If they can determine that you should have been on the official voting list and your vote is eligible, they will open and count the vote. Connecticut does not offer a provisional ballot in elections where there is no federal office on the ballot.

Delaware

If you are a registered voter in your election district but your name does not appear on the official poll list, you may be able to vote by updating the record of a name or address change or by provisional ballot. Provisional ballots cover only federal offices such as President, Vice President, US Senate and US Congress. To be permitted to vote on a provisional ballot, you will be asked to sign an affidavit that says you are a registered voter in that election district and that you are eligible to vote in that election. If a federal or state court order extends the time established for closing the polls, votes cast after the normal poll closing time will all be by provisional ballot.

At the time you vote, you will be given information on the free access system set up by the commissioner of elections so that you can determine whether or not your ballot was counted and, if not, the reason why. Ballots are cast on paper and sealed, and you will be assigned a tracking number. The sealed envelopes are delivered to the Department of Elections for each county on the night of the election for verification the next day. If the Department of Elections for your county determines that the provisional ballot is eligible, then the vote is counted.

Note: You must provide proof of identity and address to vote on a provisional ballot. Acceptable forms of identification are a current, valid photo ID, copy of current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

You can check the status of your provisional ballot to determine if your vote was counted.

District of Columbia

You will be required to cast a provisional ballot if:

  • You are voing outside your assigned precinct
  • You register to vote at the polling place on Election Day but you did not provide acceptable proof of residence
  • You change your address at the polling place on Election Day but you did not provide acceptable proof of residence
  • You are maked as an early voter in the pollbook
  • You are marked as an absentee voter in the pollbook
  • You are marked as ID required in the pollbook. This is for voters who did not provide ID when registering to vote.
  • You are marked as Administrative Challenge in the pollbook. This happens when the Board of Elections mails something to your address on record and that mailing is returned to the Board within 30 days of the election.
  • You claim a different party affiliation status (Primary Elections only)
  • Your right to vote was challenged by another voter or poll watcher and approved by the Precinct Captian
  • Vothing hours were extended by a court or the Board

If you need to provide identification or other information to have your ballot counted, you have two days to provide it to the Board. Information about how to find out if your vote will be counted and how to appeal the Board's decision is provided to all provisional ballot voters at the polls.

Florida

Voters receive a provisional ballot if:

  • their registration cannot be verified at the polls
  • an absentee ballot has been issued but the voter fails to bring it to the polls
  • voter fails to provide proper ID
  • the polling hours are extended (these provisional ballots are segregated from all other provisional ballots).

Voters must cast their provisional ballot in the correct polling place in order for it to be counted.

If you are eligible to vote, and voted in the proper precinct, your provisional ballot will count as long as your signature on the provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.

 

 

 

Georgia

Provisional voting allows you to cast a ballot in person even if the requirements for doing so cannot be met at the time. The provisional ballot will county if the problem is solved within three days after Election Day. The three reasons for voting a provisional ballot are:

  • You are unable to show the required forms of photo ID when you vote in person
  • When you first registered to vote in Georgia you registered by mail, did not provide any identification at the time and are unable to present acceptable identification the first time you vote in person
  • Your name does not appear on the list of registered voters in the precinct

If you vote a provisional ballot because you did not have acceptable identification, you will have three days from the close of the polls to present acceptable identification to your county registrar office for your vote to count.

Hawaii

Requirements for provisional voting:

  • You attest that you have registered to vote, and are eligible to vote in the correct district and precinct in that election, but there is no evidence of registration
  • An election official asserts that you are not eligible to vote
  • You registered to vote for the first time by mail and did not provide the required ID with the registration application and did not bring ID at the polling place

Provisional voting procedures:

An election official at the polling place shall notify you that you may cast a provisional ballot in that election.

You shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot at the polling place upon execution of a written affirmation (affirmation for provisional voting) on the registration affidavit form before an election official at the polling place, stating that you are:

  • A registered voter in the jurisdiction where you desire to vote; and
  • eligible to vote in that election

An election official shall transmit the provisional ballot to the county clerk for prompt verification. If the county clerk determines that you are eligible under state law to vote, then your provisional ballot shall be counted. You will be given a copy of the Registration Affidavit Form (RAF) with the 211 toll free number to call to verify whether their provisional ballot was counted or not, and if not, the reason that the vote was not counted.

Idaho

Idaho does not have provisional voting.

Illinois

An election judge will issue you a provisional ballot at your polling place if:

  • Your name does not appear on the official list of eligibile voters in that precinct
  • Your voting status has been challenged and a majority of the judges uphold the challenge
  • You did not provide ID when registering by mail and still don't provide ID on Election Day
  • A court order extends the time for closing the polls and you vote during this extended time period
  • Your name appears on the list of voters who voted during earling voting
  • You admit to receiving a vote by mail ballot but did not return the un-voting ballot to the election authority
  • You tried to register on Election Day but failed to provide the necessary documentation

By law, you must vote in your assigned precinct for all votes on your provisional ballot to count.

Provisional ballots are counted after Election Day. The election authority receives all provisional ballots and determines the registration status for each provisional voter within two weeks after the election. If it is determined that you are registered and eligible to vote, your vote will be counted. If you are not registered, your vote will not be counted, but the information you supplied on the affidavit form will serve as a registration application for the next election.

To find out if your vote was counted, please use your state's provisional ballot tool.

Indiana

If you believe you are registered to vote in a precinct, but your name does not appear on the poll list, or if you have been challenged as not qualified to vote in your precinct, you will cast a provisional ballot.

A provisional ballot permits you to vote on Election Day. However, your provisional ballot will be kept separate from the other ballots cast in that precinct. After Election Day, the county election board will decide if you were qualified to vote in that precinct, and if your ballot should be counted. You will be able to contact your county election board to find out if your ballot was counted, and if not, why not.

Iowa

If your name is not on the list of registered voters, you may register to vote at the polls on Election day and vote a regular ballot.

If you do not have the proper forms of ID to register on Election Day, or if someone challenges your right to vote on Election day, you may cast a provisional ballot.

The envelope has a place for you to explain why you believe that the ballot should count. A special board will meet after Election Day to look at your registration record and the information you have provided. The board will then decide if your ballot can be counted. Before you leave the polls, you will be given a written notice explaining your voting rights and listing the date on which the special ballot board will meet. If your ballot is not counted, you will receive a letter in the mail explaining why it cannot be counted.

Kansas

You may vote by provisional ballot if your name is not on the voter registration list or if there is a question about your qualifications to vote. The envelope containing the ballot is grouped with other provisional ballots. These ballots are not counted on Election Day. They are set aside for consideration by the county canvassers.

PROVISIONAL BALLOT VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Complete a new voter registration card.
  • Mark your ballot and seal it in the envelope provided.
  • Sign the statement on the envelope.
Kentucky

You can vote on federal offices on a provisional ballot in federal elections if you live in the precinct and you find yourself under one of the following circumstances:

  • Your name does not appear on the precinct roster and the registration status cannot be determined by the precinct officer
  • Your name does not appear on the precinct roster and you have been verified as ineligible to vote
  • You do not have identification
  • You are voting as a result of a federal or state court order or any order under state law in effect 10 days prior to Election Day which extends polling hours
  • You have been challenged by all four precinct election officers

If you want to check if your provisional ballot was counted or not, please go to the Kentucky state board of elections Provisional Voter Information page.

Louisiana

You must be a registered voter in the parish where you vote and eligible to vote in the election for federal office for your provisional ballot to be counted. There are several reasons why you may vote a provisional ballot. Those reasons are:

  • You are in the parish where you are registered to vote and you are voting at the wrong precinct.
  • You are in a precinct that is not in the parish where you are registered to vote.
  • You are not registered to vote in Louisiana, and you enter a precinct to vote.

For all these instances, you may vote a paper provisional ballot for federal offices, you will not be allowed to vote on the voting machines for state, local or municipal offices, propositions or constitutional amendments.

If you have cast a provisional ballot and would like to know if it was counted, please utilize your state's resource. Voters should wait at least 7 days after an election to check the status.

Maine

If your eligibility to vote is questioned on Election Day, you are allowed to cast a challenged ballot. A challenged ballot must be counted the same as a regular ballot. The validity of a challenged ballot need not be determined unless it affects the results of an election.

Maryland

A provisional ballot allows someone who thinks they are an eligible voter to vote. You might vote a provisional ballot if:

  • You are not listed on the precinct register
  • You moved and did not update your address and tried to vote at your prior address
  • You received an absentee ballot for this election, or that you already voted this election
  • You tried to register during early voting, but could not determine if you're eligible to vote
  • You did not prove where you live when you registered to vote
  • You did not show ID if you're voting for the first time in Maryland and did not provide ID when you registered

For instances where you voted a provisional ballot because you did not provide ID you must show ID or an ID number to your local board of elections before 10am on the 2nd Wednesday after election day.

Massachusetts

You may cast a provisional ballot if you run into the following situations at the polls.

Your name is not on the list. If you believe you're registered to vote, are at the correct polling place but your name does not appear on the voting list. You can ask the poll worker to contact the city or town hall to confirm your registration. If your registration is not verifiable, you may cast a provisional ballot.

Incorrect party enrollment. If you are voting in a party primary and believe that your party enrollment is incorrect as listed, you can vote a provisional ballot for the party you believe you are registered with.

Unable to provide ID. If you are not able to provide the proper ID, you may cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will not be counted until you return with ID to the polling place or the office of your local election official by the close of polls.

Michigan

Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can vote by signing an affidavit.

Minnesota

While there is no provisional voting in Minnesota, Election Day registration is available.

Mississippi

Known as an affidavit ballot, voters whose names do not appear in the poll book or do not have an acceptable form of ID are entitled to vote by affidavit ballot. A voter who did not present photo ID because of a religious objection is entitled to have their ballot counted if they complete an Affidavit of Religious Objection in the Circuit Clerk's office within 5 business days after the election. A voter who did not present photo ID is entitled to have their ballot counted if they present photo ID in the Circuit Clerk's office within 5 business days after the election.

Missouri

Provisional voting is one of the election reform measures provided to guarantee every qualified and registered voter has the opportunity to vote on Election Day.

If your name does not appear on the poll book and you are eligible to vote at that precinct, you may be entitled to vote a provisional ballot. Every effort will be made to determine your eligibility and your correct polling place so you can cast a regular ballot.

Montana

You will be asked to vote a provisional ballot for at least one of the following reasons:

  • Your name is not in the precinct register
  • The precinct register indications that you are provisionally registered, which has not been resolved
  • You have claimed registration with Motor Vehicle Division or other agency, which could not be immediately confirmed
  • You swore that you were eligible to vote due to not receiving or destroying your absentee ballot
  • Your right to vote was challenged at the polls
  • Your ID was insufficient and/or did not include a valid form of ID
  • You failed to sign the register
  • You are a late registrant who voted provisionally

If necessary, you must provide clear and convincing evidence either on Election Day or by 5pm the day after the election in order to verify your identity and/or eligibility to have your provisional ballot counted. You may provide this information in person, by fax, by email or by mail postmarked by the day after election day.

Nebraska

Provisional ballots are eligible for verification in correct precinct. You can check the status of your provisional ballot by using your state's resource.

Nevada

Provisional ballots are eligible for verification if cast in correct precinct.

New Hampshire

Because there is Election Day registration, there is no provisional ballot process in New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used at the polling place on election day under the following circumstances:

  • If your registration information is missing or is incomplete in the poll book
  • You moved from your registered address to another in the same county and did not notify your local election officials
  • You did not provide the required ID information on your registration form or you're a first time registrant by mail in New Jersey and your ID numbers could not be verified and you did not show ID to the poll workers at the polling place.
  • There is a marking in the poll book that you applied for an absentee ballot but you did not apply for one, you applied for one but did not receive it, or you received it but did not return it
  • If you vote a provisional ballot because you did not provide the proper ID you have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide your county commissioner of registration with the required ID information for your provisional ballot to count. You will be given instructions at your polling place on where to bring the ID.
New Mexico

Provisional voting is permitted and is eligible for verification if cast in correct jurisdiction. You will be issued a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the roster or you do not provide the required identification. You can check the status of your provisional ballot by contacting your county clerk's office.

New York

Provisional voting is available if the ballot was cast in the correct precinct.

North Carolina

You may be asked to vote a provisional ballot if:

  • your qualification to vote is questioned
  • your voter eligibility is questioned
  • your eligibility to vote a specific ballot is questioned

If you are asked to vote a provisional ballot, that ballot will be held aside until you can prove your eligibility to vote.

Examples of reasons for provisional voting:

  • There's no record of your registration
  • You moved to a different precinct and didn't report the change before 30 days before the election
  • You were previously registered in the county but the registration was canceled
  • Your address can't be verified in the lookup files
  • You're trying to vote at the incorrect precinct
  • During a primary election, you try to vote the other parties ballot
  • The records indicate you already voted in this election
  • Voting during extended hours on Election Day

Once you vote your provisional ballot you will receive a PIN number in order to check the status of your ballot. You can begin checking the status of your ballot 10 days after the election.

North Dakota

In North Dakota, there is no need for provisional voting, since there is no voter registration process.

Ohio

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if the voter's eligibility is in question and the voter would otherwise not be allowed to vote. There are several scenarios where a voter may cast a provisional ballot:

  • Your name does not appear on the official poll list for the precinct or an election official asserts that you are not eligible to vote or is unable to determine your eligibility
  • You are unable or decline to provide the required proof of identity
  • Your name appears on the official poll list for that precinct as having already requested an absentee ballot
  • Your name is marked on the poll list or signature book with a notation that certain registration mailings have been returned as undeliverable
  • A hearing on a challenge to your eligibility as an elector has been postponed until after Election Day
  • Your signature, in the opinion of the precinct officers, does not match the signature on your registration form
  • Your eligibility to cast a ballot has been challenged by the precinct officials

Before your provisional ballot can be included in the official count of an election, the board of elections must confirm your eligibility to cast the ballot, as well as the validity of the ballot that you cast. If you cast a provisional ballot and provided acceptable proof of identity, you typically do not need to provide any additional information. However, if you cast a provisional ballot and did not provide acceptable proof of identity at the time of voting, you must appear in person at the board of elections no later than seven days following the election to provide such proof within the 10 days immediately following Election Day. Acceptable proof of identity includes:

  • Current and valid photo ID
  • A military identification
  • A copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document (not a voter registration acknowledgement mailed by the board of elections) that shows your name and current address
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number

 

Oklahoma

If you do not show proof of identity, you may vote only by provisional ballot. You must fill out and sign an affidavit that explains why the provisional ballot should be counted. After election day, County Election Board officials will investigate the information provided and will either approve the provisional ballot or will reject it. In order for the provisional ballot to be approved, the information on the affidavit must match the information in your voter registration record.

Oregon

If there is a question about your eligibility as a voter or if you need to vote at a county elections office in a county other than the one in which you live, you will be issued a provisional ballot. In order to obtain a provisional ballot, you need to fill out a provisional ballot request form at the county elections office. Your provisional ballot will not be counted until it is determined that you are eligible to vote. After you have voted the ballot, you can call 1-866-ORE-VOTES or the county elections office in which you voted to find out if your ballot was counted. If it is determined that you are ineligible to vote in this election, the completed provisional ballot request form will serve as your voter registration for future elections.

Pennsylvania

You are provided the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot if:

  • You appear to vote and claim to be properly registered and eligible to vote in the election district but your name does not appear on the district register (poll book) and elections officials cannot determine your registration.
  • Regardless of whether your name appears on the general register, you do not have an approved form of identification when you appear to vote in an election district.
  • An election official asserts that you are not eligible to vote. (In a primary election this includes if you claim to be registered for a particular political party, but the district register indicates you are registered as a member of another political party.)

You are required to vote by provisional ballot if:

  • Your voting as a result of a Federal or State court order.
  • You are voting as a result of an order extending the time established for closing the polls by state law that is in effect 10 days before an election.

If you vote on a provisional ballot, you will be asked to:

  • Complete and sign the provisional ballot affidavit on the back of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
  • Complete a provisional ballot in an accessible and private area of the polling place.
  • Seal the completed provisional ballot in a secrecy envelope.
  • Seal the secrecy envelope in the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
  • Sign the front of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
  • Return the sealed provisional ballot affidavit envelope to a polling place election official.
  • Receive your provisional ballot identification receipt.

If you already voted by absentee ballot for this election, you will be asked to cancel your absentee ballot. Within seven days after the election, the county board of elections will examine the provisional ballot to determine the validity of your completed provisional ballot. At least seven days after the election, using the information provided to you on the provisional ballot identification receipt, call 1-877-VOTES-PA or visit the department of state. Provide your provisional ballot identification number. You will be told whether your provisional ballot was counted, partially counted or not counted. If your provisional ballot was not counted, you will be told why.

Rhode Island

You may use a provisional ballot if:

  • You are not on the list of registered voters at that polling place
  • You requested/voted a mail ballot
  • You registered to vote in one political party and attempting to vote in another parties primary
  • You did not bring acceptable photo ID
  • Your identity is challeneged at the polling place

The board of elections begins tabulating provisional ballots at approximately 5:00 pm the day after the election. Provisional ballot results are added to candidate totals only after all provisional ballots cast in the state have been counted. It is expected that the tabulation process will be concluded that evening and the results will be available sometime that night. Provisional ballots are eligible for verification if cast in the correct precinct.You may then determine the disposition of their ballot by visiting your board of elections.

South Carolina

You are entitled to cast a provisional ballot if:

  • A poll manager or any voter has reason to believe that you might be ineligible to vote
  • Your name does not appear on the voter registration rolls

All provisional ballots are kept separate and not counted on election night. It will be counted if your registration is verified. You will be given written instructions on the time and place of the provisional ballot hearings and, if the voter registration office can determine you were registered, the provisional ballot will be counted. You can check the status of your provisional ballot online.

South Dakota

If you are not authorized to vote, are successfully challenged, or are otherwise denied the ability to vote and you maintain that you are currently registered to vote in that precinct, you may cast a ballot which shall be called a provisional ballot. You must complete an affirmation for a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are not counted on election night. The county auditor will investigate the following day to determine if you were properly registered in that precinct. If the information found determines that you were properly registered, then that provisional ballot will be counted. You will receive notification of whether your provisional ballot was counted or not and if not, an explanation of why it was not counted. By voting a provisional ballot, your vote may not be secret if you are the only one voting on a provisional ballot in that precinct.

Tennessee

If you claim to be registered but are not on the list, you can receive a provisional ballot for later verification. Ballots are eligible for verification if votes are cast in the correct precinct. Tennessee does not provide a limited provisional ballot.

Texas

You are eligible to vote a provisional ballot if:

  • You claim to be an eligible voter, but your name does not appear on the list of registered voters, and your registration cannot be determined by the voter registrar
  • You are a designated first-time voter on the list of registered voters, but are unable to produce the required identification
  • You have applied for a ballot by mail, but have not returned it or cancelled it with the main early voting clerk
  • You vote during extended polling hours ordered by a state or federal court
  • You are registered, but are attempting to vote in a precinct other than the one in which you are registered
  • You do not present a voter registration certificate or any other acceptable form of identification
  • You are registered in the precinct, but your address is not located in the political subdivision conducting the election
  • You voted in another party's primary in the primary election

If you claim to be registered, but your name is not on the list of registered voters, the presiding judge shall call the voter registrar to determine if you are registered. If registration can be confirmed, and you can show identification, you may vote a regular ballot, or be directed to the correct precinct if you are in the wrong precinct. You may vote a provisional ballot, but you must be informed that it will not be counted if:

  • You registered in a different precinct
  • It is indicated on the voter registration list that you voted by mail
  • You have no identification

Provisional voters will receive a notice in the mail by the 10th day after the election letting them know if their provisional ballots were county, and if they were not counted, the reasons why.

Texas does offer a limited ballot, but it is not considered a provisional ballot. Limited ballots are available if you have moved from one Texas county to another and are registered to vote in the former county of residence, but your voter registration in the new county will not be effective by election day due to the 30 day required period between registration and the election. This limited ballot is available only during early voting by personal appearance or by mail. The limited ballot contains only offices or propositions to be voted on statewide, or offices or propositions of territorial units of which you were a resident both before and after your move.

Utah

Provisional voting was mandated to ensure that every eligible voter who is registered or who believes they are registered can cast a ballot in federal elections with the knowledge that a fair process will be followed to determine if the provisional ballot is eligible to be counted. You may vote a provisional ballot if:

  • You moved anywhere in the state but did not reregister at your new address. You will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at your new polling location
  • You registered through any public agency but your name does not appear on the Official Register. You will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at your new polling location

All provisional voters will be asked for photo ID and/or proof of current residence at the polls.

You will be given instructions on how to view the status of your provisional ballot. If you have any questions please call the Lieutenant Governor's Office at 801-538-1041 or 1800-995-VOTE. Please allow 10-14 days after each election for this information to be available.

Vermont

A provisional ballot is only used if a person trying to vote at the polling place is not on the checklist and cannot affirm they registered to vote by the deadline.

Provisional ballots are eligible if they are cast in the correct jurisdiction.

Virginia

There are several reason a voter may vote a provisional ballot:

  • If your name is not on the poll book and you believe you are registered in that precinct and the registrar's office cannot be reached to verify your registration status
  • If you do not show one of the acceptable forms of ID
  • If you registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003 and did not mail a copy of your ID at that time, fails to show one of the federally required forms of ID when voting for the first time in a federal election
  • If you were sent an absentee ballot but did not receive or lost the ballot or had returned the ballot and also appears at the regular polling place on Election Day
  • If the normal voting hours are extended by court order
  • If the poll book shows that you have already cast a ballot in the current election

If you are asked to vote a provisional ballot your ballot will be sealed in a green envelope. You must provide all information requested on both sides of the envelope and sign the Statement of Voter. The election official will tell you when and where the Electoral Board will meet and will give you a phone number to call and find out the states of your provisional ballot.

Your provisional ballot will not be counted on Election Day. Your local Electoral Board will meet the day after the election to begin its determination of provisional votes. The votes of qualified voters will then be counted and included in the results for your area.

You are allowed to be present when the Election Board meets to determine if your vote was valid.

Voters who do not bring a form of ID to the polls will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. Once you complete the provisional ballot, you will be given written instructions from the election official on how to submit a copy of your ID so that your vote can be counted. All information on how to submit the proper ID will be given at this time.

You will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the ID to the local election board in order for the provisional ballot to be counted. You can submit your ID through fax, email, in person or through the USPS or a commercial delivery service. The copy of ID must be delivered by noon on Friday, a Friday postmark does not count.

If you do not have any forms of photo ID, you may appear in-person in the office of the general registrar, in the area in which the provisional ballot was cast, and apply for a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card. After filling out the application, you may request the Temporary Identification Document, which you may then provide to the electoral board to suffice the ID requirement to. You must complete this process before noon on the Friday following the election

 

Washington

Voters can request that a provisional ballot be mailed to them by contacting their County Auditor's office. Provisional ballot means a ballot issued to a voter who would otherwise be denied an opportunity to vote a regual ballot, for any reason authorized by the Help America Vote Act, including but not limited to the following:

  • The voter's name does not appear in the list of registered voters for the county
  • There is an indication in the voter registration system that the voter has already voted in the primary, special election, or general election, but the voter wishes to vote again
  • There is a question on the part of the voter concerning the issues or candidates on which the voter is qualitifed to vote
  • Any other reason allowed by law.

After the election you may contact your county elections department to confirm that your ballot was counted.

West Virginia

If there is a question about your eligibility to vote in an election, you may vote a provisional ballot. You might vote a provisional ballot if:

  • Your registration record is not available at the time of the election
  • Your signature in the poll book does not match the signature on the registration record
  • The registration record indicates any other legal disqualifications

The canvassing board will review the information associated with the ballot and will determine whether or not your vote can be counted. Your ballot will not be opened on election night. To check on the status of your provisional ballot, please use your state's tool.

Wisconsin

A provisional ballot is a ballot that is marked by a voter but is not counted at the time it is cast. It is issued to a voter who is unable to provide the poll worker with the required documentation. There are two instances where you may vote a provisional ballot:

  • A qualified voter who has been issued a current and valid Wisconsin driver's license registers to vote at a polling place on election day, but cannot list the driver's license number on the registration
  • A first-time Wisconsin voter who registers by mail but does not provide an identifying document establishing proof of residence at the time they submit the registration form and is unable to provide the required proof of residence at the polling place.

Provisional ballots are not given if the voter is in the wrong polling place or when a person is attempting to register in person at the polling place but does not provide proof of residence.

The provisional ballot will not be counted unless the voter provides the required information to the poll workers or the municipal clerk by 4pm on the Friday following the election.

Wyoming

A provisional ballot is a regular ballot issued to a person seeking to vote in a polling place under the following circumstances:

  • Your name does not appear in the poll book
  • Your name is in the poll back but there is an indication that you were issued an absentee ballot and you wish to vote at the polls
  • You fail to produce identification when required
  • Other circumstances as determined by the precinct election official

After the election you may contact your county elections department to confirm that your ballot was counted.


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