Many states across the country have voter ID laws. However, with so many different rules and regulations in place, it can be difficult for voters to know what they to do to vote. Here, we discuss the basics of voter ID laws so you can take the proper steps to get into the voting booth next fall.
Do you need an ID?
Not all voters will need to bring a form of identification with them to vote. Your state’s laws determine whether or not you need to show an ID and which form of identification will be accepted. To check this, click here to find your state and what their voter ID requirements are.
No matter where you vote, though, if you are a first-time voter, you must bring some form of identification. This is a federal law and applies to all states.
Photo ID vs. non-photo ID
If your state requires a form of identification when you vote, you need to check to see which forms of ID are accepted. States will differ on whether they require photo IDs or non-photo IDs. Some will only accept the former, while others may accept both. Below are examples of each so you know what to bring:
Examples of Photo IDs
- Driver’s Licenses
- State-Issued ID Cards
- Military ID Cards
- Passport Cards
Examples of Non-Photo IDs
- Birth Certificates
- Social Security Cards
- Bank Statements
- Utility Bills
Does your name and address match?
If the required form of identification has to have your name and address, it’s important that these match with the name and address on-file for your voter registration. If they don’t, you may have to cast a provisional ballot. This can happen if you’ve gotten married and changed your name, or if you’ve moved. Whenever you change your name or your address, be sure to update all forms of identification and send your new information to the voter registration office.