Voter ID Resources
Does your state have a voter ID law?
As of June 2017, 32 states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Click below for current information on what IDs are acceptable for voting. Spanish language wallet-sized cards listing voter ID requirements are available HERE. If you need help obtaining an ID or have questions, please call VoteRiders' toll-free Voter ID Hotline:
*The voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin are being appealed. West Virginia has enacted a voter ID law that is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2018. Iowa’s new, non-strict law goes into effect in 2018.
Non-Voter ID States
Even in the 18 states that do NOT have a voter ID law, confusion reigns. Poll workers have mistakenly required voters to present their ID, and many voters mistakenly believe that ID is required at the polls. In these states, other identifying information, such as a signature, is checked against information in the voter registry. See our Voter ID Info Cards for information on identification requirements in every state, including those without a voter ID law.
Detailed Voter ID Guides
First-time Voters: Nationwide Voter ID Requirements
The Help America Vote Act includes voter identification requirements under certain circumstances. First-time voters since the law was enacted in 2002, including those who have not voted in a previous Federal election or who have never voted in their county of residence in a Federal election, must present voter ID.
Voting by Absentee Ballot is a viable alternative for people who might have trouble getting to the polls or standing in long lines on Election Day. In some states voter ID requirements are less stringent for Absentee Voting than voting in person. Deadlines and requirements vary by state, so please check our Absentee Voting/Voter ID Requirements for more information.
Important: Check Your State Listing Carefully -- Each State Has Unique Vote-By-Mail Requirements.