Confused on How to Vote

Confused On How To Vote In Your State?

To keep up with the exact voting laws in each state of the United States, (and this is just for the presidential election) it takes unfortunately a rather savvy individual with enough free time to research how to navigate these difficult waters. It is extremely easy to get confused on how to vote depending on where you reside in the U.S. The U.S. Vote Foundation is a great organization that can help people get registered and be informed about each state’s voting policies so that people can partake in the current political process. The need for sites like this is just another indication that voters need to be able to vote online using a secure platform like Follow My Vote’s. For your information, here is a handy chart for voting laws by state from the U.S. Vote Foundation.

Voting Laws & Requirements

Voting Methods and Options

State Early In-Person Voting No Excuse Absentee Voting Absentee Voting with Excuse Same Day Voter Registration All-Mail Voting Voter ID on Election Day
State Early In-Person Voting No Excuse Absentee Voting Absentee Voting with Excuse Same Day Voter Registration All-Mail Voting Voter ID on Election Day
Alabama Non-Strict Photo ID
Alaska Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
American Samoa
Arizona In AZ certain Elections may be held by mail Strict Non-Photo ID
Arkansas Strict Photo ID
California In CA certain Elections may be held by mail First-time voters who registered by mail without proof of identity must show ID at polls
Colorado In CO all elections are held by mail Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
Connecticut Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
Delaware Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
District of Columbia
Florida In FL certain Elections may be held by mail Non-Strict Photo ID
Georgia Strict Photo ID
Guam
Hawaii In HI certain Elections may be held by mail Non-Strict Photo ID
Idaho Non-Strict Photo ID
Illinois
Indiana Strict Photo ID
Iowa
Kansas In KS certain Elections may be held by mail Strict Photo ID
Kentucky Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
Louisiana Non-Strict Photo ID
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan Non-Strict Photo ID
Minnesota In MN certain Elections may be held by mail
Mississippi Strict Photo ID
Missouri In MO certain Elections may be held by mail Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
Montana In MT certain Elections may be held by mail Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
Nebraska In NE certain Elections may be held by mail
Nevada In NV certain Elections may be held by mail
New Hampshire Non-Strict Photo ID
New Jersey In NJ certain Elections may be held by mail
New Mexico In NM certain Elections may be held by mail
New York
North Carolina New strict photo ID law goes into effect 2016
North Dakota In ND certain Elections may be held by mail Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
Ohio Strict Non-Photo ID
Oklahoma Strict Photo ID
Oregon In OR all elections are held by mail
Pennsylvania PA strict photo ID law not yet in effect due to court action
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island Non-Strict Photo ID
South Carolina Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
South Dakota Non-Strict Photo ID
Tennessee Strict Photo ID
Federal of Tennessee issued photo ID is required to vote unless exception applies.
Texas Strict Photo ID
Utah Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
Vermont
Virginia Strict Photo ID
Strict voter ID applies on Eelction Day and Absentee in Person Voting. See notes concerning same day voter registration for absent military and overseas voters.
Virgin Islands
Washington In WA all elections are held by mail Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID
West Virginia
Wisconsin Current strict photo ID injunction
Wyoming

 

Term Definitions

Early In-Person Voting: allows voters to visit an election official’s office or other satellite voting location an cast a vote in person if the voter is unable to vote on Election Day
No Excuse Absentee Voting: allows any registered voter to reques an absentee ballot with requiring that that voter state a reason for voting absentee
Mail Voting: when an election is conducted by mail, a ballot is automatically mailed in advance of Election Day; only 2 sates have all elections by mail
Strict Photo ID: A voter cannot cast a valid ballot without first presenting a photo ID (9 states)
Non-Strict Photo ID: A voter must first present a photo ID, but if the voter does not have one, they can vote a provisional ballot but must later present ID (8 states)
Strict Non-Photo ID: A voter must first present some form of ID (it must not have a photo) or vote a provisional ballot that will only be counted if the voter presents ID later
Non-Strict, Non-Photo ID: A voter must present some form of ID (it must not have a photo)
Same Day Voter Registration: A qualified resident of the state can go to the polls on Election Day and register and vote at the same time (8 states)

 

Source: The U.S. Vote Foundation

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