Help Getting Voter ID
Need to find out if your state has a voter ID law? As of October 15, 2014, the following 31 states have some form of voter ID law in effect.* Click on your state below to find out what the requirements are and if you have an acceptable ID:
*Although North Carolina's photo voter ID requirement (click on: Voter Information Verification Act) goes into effect in 2016, poll workers are required to send voters' information to the state for future contact if they currently lack acceptable ID. Pennsylvania's law has been overturned and is not being appealed. The Wisconsin voter ID law will not be in effect for the 2014 general elections. The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down that state's voter ID law on October 15, 2014.
VoteRiders is providing Voter Advocate Guides and bilingual Voter Questionnaires specific to each of our target states. The Voter Advocate Guide provides all the voter ID requirement information you need. The Voter Questionnaire is designed to assess if the voter's ID fulfills the requirements of their state's voter ID law, and if not, to determine if obtaining an underlying document (such as a birth certificate) or another form of ID is necessary.
- Florida: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Georgia: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Kansas: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Texas: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Virginia: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
Non-Voter ID States
Confusion reigns across the country as poll workers have mistakenly required voters to present their ID in states that don't even have a voter ID law. It's important therefore to know the identification verification rules in all states. The remaining 19 states use specific methods to verify the identity of voters. Most frequently, other identifying information provided at the polling place, such as a signature, is checked against information on file. See NCSL's Voter Verification Without ID Documents.
2014 Elections Dates
2014 Student Voting Guide
The Campus Vote Project has created college and university-Student Voting Guides for each state.
VoteRiders Voter ID Clinics
Attorney Voter Advocates
VoteRiders is recruiting Attorney Voter Advocates to assist voters to obtain key legal documents required by many states' government-issued photo ID laws.
Requirements for Absentee Ballots
Important: Check Your State Listing Carefully -- Each State Has Unique Mail Ballot Requirements.
Voting by Absentee Ballot is a particularly viable alternative for people who might have trouble getting to the polls or standing in long lines on Election Day. In some states the 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.
First-time voters, 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. Requirements for first-time voters.
Additional Help Obtaining a Voter ID
If you need help obtaining an ID or have questions, please call the Election Protection Hotline:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or call
the Ve Y Vota Hotline: