What is Voter ID?

Registering to Vote is Not Enough

In 35 states, you may also need ID

Voter ID laws require or request that you confirm your identity using specific forms of ID.

You might need to show ID at the polls, include a copy with your absentee ballot application, or enclose one when you vote by mail.

EVERY STATE HAS DIFFERENT RULES

What ID you need depends on where you live. Some states require a current government-issued photo ID that includes your address and signature. Others will accept a current utility bill or bank statement.

CHECK THE RULES FOR YOUR STATE


 

VOTER ID ≠ VOTER REGISTRATION

Voter ID is in addition to the requirements for proving your identity and residency when you register to vote.

Many states send a card that is confirmation of your voter registration details. It typically arrives a few weeks after you register to vote. Here is an example from Texas:

A handful of states accept this voter registration card as a form of voter ID. But you will likely need to be prepared with something else when you cast your ballot.

If you want another copy of your voter registration card:

Look up the contact information for your local election officials. This could be your county registrar, clerk-recorder, municipal clerk, or board of elections.

Pro tip: You can probably find a directory on your secretary of state’s website.

Email or call the office and ask for a duplicate voter registration card. They will be able to help you out!


 

VOTERIDERS HAS YOUR BACK ON VOTER ID

It’s easy to get confused about what you need to vote and getting documents to prove your identity can be complicated.

You can count on VoteRiders to provide accurate and nonpartisan information about what’s required in your state.

Plus: practical, legal, or financial support if you need it!

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