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It used to be a given, a basic right of citizenship.  These days when you ask the question:

Am I ready and able to Vote?  

The answer may be:

It Depends.  Depends on where you live.



Why New Photo ID Laws Mean Some Won't Vote
by Corey Dade, NPR.org -- Jan 28, 2012


You may be Registered to Vote -- you think -- BUT still unprepared -- legally speaking.

Because your State Laws may have changed.  Here's the Gotcha, lying in wait:

When you SHOW UP show up to vote, you find out that you don't have the "right ID". Sorry!


Generally speaking, you will need a valid [ie non-expired] government-issued ID, with your FULL NAME, and usually a Photo of yourself on the ID, to boot.  


It depends on what state you live in -- whether you end up being less well-prepared than others.

Voter-ID Laws have changed.   What used to be simple, is now more complicated.  

Get prepared. Be Ready.  Help your friends and family be ready too.


Here is a site, designed to help you GET PREPARED:


canivote.org



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Check to see if you are registered. It's easy.  Click this link: canivote.org, Select your State, fill-in the form.

It's far better to be Safe -- than Sorry!



Here is a summary of some of the states with strict new ID policies, regarding who can and who cannot Vote, as conveniently consolidated on that website: canivote.org


Here's a summary of what's NOW needed -- to be legally-identifiable when you show up to vote this year:

 (The states listed have new ID restrictions.)


------ AL ------

Alabama

Following is a list of acceptable forms of identification under this new law. Each voter should ensure that he or she has one form of identification available when he or she goes to vote.

A. Current, Valid Photo Identification

    Government-issued photo identifications (current and valid)
    Employee identification for employee with photo of employee produced by the employer
    Photo identification card issued by Alabama college or university
    Photo identification issued from Alabama technical or professional school (current and valid)

OR

B. One of the following

    Utility bill of voter with voter's name and address
    Bank statement with voter's name and address
    Government check with voter's name and address
    Paycheck with voter's name and address
    Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by the State of Alabama (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Alabama)
    Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by any of the other 49 states (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of that State)
    Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by the government of the United States of America (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of the federal government
    Valid United States passport
    Valid Alabama hunting license
    Valid Alabama fishing license
    Valid Alabama pistol/revolver permit
    Valid pilot's license issued by the FAA or other authorized agency of the federal government
    Valid United States military identification
    Birth certificate (certified copy)
    Valid Social Security card
    Naturalization document (certified copy)
    Court record of adoption (certified copy)
    Court record of name change (certified copy)
    Valid Medicaid card
    Valid Medicare card
    Valid electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card
    Government document that shows the name and address of the voter


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------ AZ ------

Arizonia

The following is a list of acceptable documents to establish your citizenship:

    A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name
    A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of your passport
    Presentation to the County Recorder of U.S. naturalization documents or fill in your Alien Registration Number in box 11
    Your Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or Tribal Enrollment Number in box 10
    A legible photocopy of your Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth.

If you are registered in Arizona and use the registration form because you move within a county, change your name, or change your political party affiliation, you do not need to provide photocopies of proof of citizenship. If you move to a different Arizona county, you will need to provide proof of citizenship.


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------ AR ------

Arkansas

Identification Requirements

If you are registering to vote by mail:

You must provide either your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or check the box in #7 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number.

If you check the box indicating that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number, you may be required to vote a Provisional Ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting:

   * Current and valid photo identification, or
   * A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address, or
   * Another government document that shows your name and address


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------ CO ------

Colorado

Please note, a Social Security number (or last four digits) is not a legal form of identification for voting in person. Additionally, if any form of identification listed below shows your address, that address must be in the state of Colorado to be valid.

The following are acceptable forms of identification:

   (a) A valid Colorado driver’s license;
   (b) A valid identification card issued by the Department of Revenue in accordance with the requirements of Part 3 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.;
   (c) A valid U.S. passport;
   (d) A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or of this state, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state;
   (e) A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the United States;
   (f) A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector;
   (g) A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. For example:

      (I) A cable bill or telephone bill,
      (II) Documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and legal residence address of the student elector,
      (III) A paycheck from a government institution or private company, or
      (IV) A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.

   (h) A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly the United States Health Care Financing Administration);
   (i) A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector issued in the United States;
   (j) Certified documentation of naturalization;
   (k) A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S.;
   (l) A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible elector.
   (m) A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.


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------ FL ------

Florida

At the polls, you will be asked to provide a valid picture identification with signature. The following photo ids will be accepted:

    * Florida driver's license
    * Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
    * United States passport
    * Debit or credit card
    * Military identification
    * Student identification
    * Retirement center identification
    * Neighborhood association identification
    * Public assistance identification.

If your photo identification does not contain your signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification that includes a signature.


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------ GA ------

Georgia

What IDs are acceptable?

    * Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)    
    * A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired
    * Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
    * Valid U.S. passport ID
    * Valid U.S. military photo ID
    * Valid tribal photo ID


Georgia's Voter Identification Card

If you do not have one of the six acceptable forms of photo ID, the State of Georgia offers a FREE Voter Identification Card. An identification card can be issued at any county registrar's office or Department of Driver Services Office free of charge.


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[Note: as of July 1, 2012, GA has updated their Driver ID requirements.  H/T to jadt65.]


------ IA ------

Iowa

Proof of ID

If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you may use a photo ID that is current, valid, and contain an expiration date. The following are acceptable IDs:

    * Iowa non-driver ID card
    * Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card
    * U.S. passport
    * U.S. military ID
    * ID card issued by employer
    * Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college


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------ ID ------

Idaho

Present a photo ID or sign a Personal Identification Affidavit

Acceptable forms of photo identification include any one of the following:

    * An Idaho driver’s license or photo Identification Card.
    * A U.S. passport or Federal photo identification card.
    * A tribal photo identification card.
    * A current student photo ID, issued by an Idaho high school or post secondary education institution.

A poll worker must verify that the picture on the ID matches the voter.

The name on the ID must also match the name on the voter registration list in the poll book. Common abbreviations and nicknames are acceptable.  However, a name change requires the voter to re-register.

If you don’t have a Driver’s License, you can use an Idaho Identification card to vote.
The Department of Transportation issues Idaho Identification cards.  Check their website for locations and a list of documents you may need to present.  


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------ IN ------

Indiana

Your photo ID must meet 4 criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes. It Must:

1. Display your photo

2. Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record. Conform does not mean identical. Below are examples of names that would conform to "Robert John Crew"

    * Robert John Crew
    * Robert J. Crew
    * Robert Crew
    * R. John Crew
    * R. J. Crew
    * Bob John Crew
    * Bob J. Crew
    * Bob Crew
    * John Crew
    * J. Crew

3. Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 2, 2010)

    * NOTE: An ID issued by the US Department of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marine, or the Indiana National Guard is not required to have an expiration date, or may state that the document has an "Indefinite" expiration date.

4. Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government

In most cases, an Indiana driver license, Indiana photo ID card, Military ID or U.S. Passport is sufficient.


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------ KA ------

Kansas

ADVANCE VOTING

Voting in Kansas is easier than ever. With advance voting, any registered voter can vote by mail or in person before Election Day.

    * Advance voting application


Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act Regulations


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------ LA ------

Louisiana

Online Voter Registration

You must have a valid Louisiana driver’s license number or Louisiana special ID card and a residence address in Louisiana to register or make changes to your existing registration online.

If registering to vote and if a Louisiana driver’s license number or Louisiana special ID card number has not been issued, you may complete the online form, print the form and submit the form by mail to the Registrar of Voters in the parish in which you reside.

You must provide at least the last four digits of your social security number, if issued. The full social security number may be provided on a voluntary basis.

If neither a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special ID card , or a social security number have been issued, and the form is submitted by mail, and you are registering to vote for the first time, in order to avoid additional identification requirements for first time voters, attach either

    1) a copy of a current and valid photo identification or
    2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.


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------ MI ------

Michigan

A Guide to Voter Identification at the Polls

Due to a recent court ruling, every Michigan voter must present picture identification at the polls, or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.

Prepare for Election Day

Remember to bring an acceptable form of photo identification to the polls on Election Day. If you don't have photo ID you can still vote (see Voting Without Photo ID below).

Your photo ID does not need to have your address on it. In addition, the name on your identification card may be a shorter form of your name. For example, "Bill" for "William" and "Kathy" for "Katherine" are acceptable.

After showing your photo ID to the poll worker and signing the application, you may cast your ballot.

Voting Without Photo ID

If you do not have photo ID, you can still cast a ballot simply by signing an affidavit. The affidavit can be used by:

    * Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID
    * Voters who have photo ID but didn't bring it to the polls

Once you sign the affidavit, you may cast your ballot. It will be counted with all other ballots on Election Day.

Getting a State ID Card

If you do not have a driver's license or other acceptable photo identification, you can get a state identification card at your local Secretary of State branch office for $10.

Acceptable forms of photo identification:

Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:
   * Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state.
   * Federal or state government-issued photo ID.
   * U.S. passport.
   * Military identification card with photo.
   * Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
   * Tribal identification card with photo.

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------ MN ------

Minnesota

In Minnesota, you may register at least 21 days before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place.

Your registration remains current until you move, change your name, or do not vote for four consecutive years.  You may update your registration information by completing another Voter Registration Application.

    * will be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
    * are a citizen of the United States
    * will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
    * have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
    * are not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
    have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law


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[Note: New Photo ID Laws are currently being considered by MN Legislature.]


------ MS ------

Mississippi

Identification Requirement:

If you do not have a driver’s license or social security number, and this form is submitted by mail,
and you have never registered to vote in the county you are now registering in, you must send, with this application, either

     a) a copy of current and valid photo identification, or
     b) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

If you do not provide the information requested above, you may be required to provide to election officials either (a) or (b) above the first time you vote after January 1, 2004 at a voting place or by absentee ballot.


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------ MO ------

Missouri

Acceptable forms of Vote ID:

    * Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state
    * Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof
    * Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri
    * A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter
    * Driver's license or state identification card issued by another state

If you do not possess any of these forms of identification, you may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest they know you.

View a sample list of acceptable forms of identification.


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------ MT ------

Montana

   You must provide your Montana driver’s license or Montana ID number when you register. If you do not have a Montana driver’s license, you will need to provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have neither number, you will need to provide another form of identification.

    You will need to provide a residence address or specific geographic location information from which your residence address may be determined . The residence address must be in the county in which you are registering.

    The deadline for regular registration is 30 days before any election. If you miss that deadline, you can still register and vote in the election by late registering at your county election office.


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------ NH ------

New Hampshire

I. When determining the qualifications of an applicant, the supervisors of the checklist, or the town or city clerk, shall require the applicant to present proof of citizenship, age, and domicile, as provided in the following categories:

       (a) CITIZENSHIP. The supervisors of the checklist, or the town or city clerk, shall accept from the applicant any one of the following as proof of citizenship:

     the applicant's birth certificate, passport, naturalization papers if the applicant is a naturalized citizen, a qualified voter affidavit,
     or any other reasonable documentation which indicates the applicant is a United States citizen.

The qualified voter affidavit shall be in the following form, and shall be retained in accordance with RSA 33-A:3-a


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------ NV ------

Nevada

Online Voter Registration

Residents of eligible counties may now register to vote and update voter registration information online, including change of address and party affiliation.  A DMV issued ID is required.

The following counties are eligible for online voter registration: Clark, Churchill, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lyon, Pershing and Washoe

Click the "Online Voter Registration" banner below to register to vote online.

Voter Registration Form

If you do not reside in an online voter registration eligible county, click here to access the Secretary of State's Online Fillable Voter Registration Form and follow three simple steps:

    Print the form.
    Fill out the form legibly and don't forget to sign it.
    Mail or Deliver in person the form to the county clerk or registrar in your county.


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------ OH ------

Ohio

Notice to All Voters -- (R.C. 3503.28(A)(6))

“Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to verify identity.

Identification may include

    * a current and valid photo identification;
    * a military identification, or
    * a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document, other than a notice of election or a voter registration notification sent by a board of elections, that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of the voter’s social security number and by casting a provisional ballot.

Voters who do not have any of these forms of identification, including a social security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter’s identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.”


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------ PA ------

Pennsylvania

Voters will be required to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day.  All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise.  Acceptable IDs include:
   * Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    * PA Driver’s License or Non-driver’s License photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)
    * Valid U.S. passport
    * U.S. military ID -- active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date
    * Employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, PA County or PA Municipal government
    * Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges
    * Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes
If you do not have one of these IDs, and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one FREE OF CHARGE at a PennDOT Driver License Center. To find the Driver License Center nearest you, and learn what supporting documentation you will need to get a photo ID visit  PennDOT's Voter ID Website or call the Department of State's Voter ID Hotline at 1-877-VotesPA (868-3772).


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------ RI ------

Rhode Island

Beginning this year, poll workers will ask you to show a current and valid ID when you vote at your polling place. Voter ID strengthens the public’s faith in the integrity of our elections by enabling poll workers to match a voter’s face to the name they give at the polls.
Protecting your vote:

    * We will provide a free Voter ID to voters who don't already have a current and valid Photo ID
    * No eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to their polling place can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. The ballot will be counted if the signature they give at their polling place matches the signature on their voter registration
    * Voter ID will be phased in over two election cycles. In 2012 and 2013, voters can also use a variety of non-photo IDs including a Social Security or Medicare card. Beginning in 2014, only Photo IDs will be accepted at the polls
    * Mail ballots do not require ID


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------ SC ------

South Carolina

Voters need to be familiar with the voting day procedures at the polls before they arrive to vote. Voters will be required to show any one of three forms of identification in order to vote:

    * Voter registration card
    * Driver’s license
    * Picture identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles

Voters who registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2004, were required to submit a form of identification with the voter registration application, including a copy of a valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address in the county. Voters who did not submit a form of ID with the mail-in voter registration application will be required to show an additional form of ID at the polls in addition to their voter registration card.


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------ SD ------

South Dakota

Voter Registration Verification: HAVA requires that each new voter registration be verified. South Dakota established a computer network to do this verification beginning in January 2004. Each voter registration is compared to felon records, death records, and drivers license or social security records to ensure that each registrant is eligible to vote in South Dakota. This verification process has prevented nearly 100 convicted felons from illegally registering to vote.

Voter Registration Application:

South Dakota Driver License Number Required:
(if you do not have a valid South Dakota driver license, you must give the last four numbers of your social security number)

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------ TN ------

Tennessee

Identification Requirements for First-Time Voters
That Registered by Mail*

ANYONE of the following items:

A current VOTER REGISTRATION CARD
A current TENNESSEE DRIVER’S LICENSE
A PHOTO ID which includes the voter’s name and signature


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------ TX ------

Texas

1. When does the new photo identification law (Senate Bill 14) go into effect?

Subject to U.S. Justice Department approval of a photo identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, the new photo identification requirements will become effective on January 1, 2012.

2. What kind of identification will be required to qualify to vote in person under the new program?

A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote.

    * Texas Driver’s License issued by the Department of Public Safety (“DPS”)
    * Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;
    * Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS;
    * Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS;
    * United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph;
    * United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph; or
    * United States Passport.

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.  

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------ VA ------

Virginia

Virginia's ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person. Please see below in "Special Federal ID Requirements for Certain First Time Voters" for other potential special cases for first-time voters.

Acceptable forms of identification include the following:

    * Virginia voter identification card
    * Valid Virginia driver's license
    * Military ID
    * Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID
    * Employer issued photo ID card
    * Concealed handgun permit
    * Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
    * Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter
    * Social Security card (*please see below as the social security card does not satisfy special federal ID requirements)

A voter who does not bring an acceptable ID to the polls will be offered a provisional ballot.


Search for Voter Registration


------ WI ------

Wisconsin

Photo ID Required to Vote

Beginning in 2012, a photo ID is required upon voting before a ballot is issued to voters.  The purpose of photo ID is to verify the identity of the voter.  
Voter Photo ID Law Status


Photo ID Not Required

Two separate judges, on March 6 and March 12, 2012, have issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in 2011 Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed those injunctions. Until they are resolved, no photo ID is required to receive a ballot. For additional information regarding the status of the voter photo ID law, please see the Voter Photo ID Law page.



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Pennsylvania also gives out this IMPORTANT advice -- just in case you have NOT dotted all your i's or crossed all those legal t's ...


What to Bring -- Votes PA

Due to Pennsylvania's new Voter ID Law, citizens voting at their polling location are required to bring and show an acceptable photo ID before casting their ballot. If you do not bring your ID on Election Day, vote with a provisional ballot. Don’t leave without voting!
ASK FOR a Provisional Ballot -- Don't leave your Polling Place without one (if for "some reason" they won't let you vote in person.)


Thank you for taking this essential American Right seriously.

Voting it's what unites us, it's what defines us;  

Don't let it be what is denied us.



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For a very comprehensive and to-the-point List of where to check your registration for nearly every state, please check out the following post:

Are you voting for Obama in November? Are you really sure about that?
by Late Again -- Aug 09, 2012


It's one-stop shopping for registration checks.

Thank you for taking this essential American Right seriously. And THANK YOU for Voting.

It matters.




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  •  Tips (15+ / 0-)


    updated and reposted,

    by popular request.


    Are you ready to Vote? Are you still 'allowed' to Vote?
    -- Are you sure?

    by jamess on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:24:50 AM PDT

  •  rec'd 'til the cows come home! (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mary Mike, kestrel9000, jamess, exterris

    as we all know, this place gets a crazy influx of new visitors during election seasons.  the more this information is front and center, the more people can make sure folks get registered.

    Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

    by Cedwyn on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 08:31:10 AM PDT

  •  one thing: "It used to be a given..." (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess, Cedwyn

    For many of us, it may have been a given -- but in general, no. The right to vote has always been contested, always.

    But many of us aren't used to having our own right to vote contested. As you say, we can't afford to take that for granted.

  •  Your info for WI is wrong (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess, HudsonValleyMark

    The 'voter ID' part of the WI Voter ID law has been enjoined, pending appeals. It is just about a sure thing that the appeals won't be heard before November. That means you do NOT need to show ID at the polling place to vote.

    (There are some non ID parts of the law that have gone into effect and will be in place in Nov. The minimum residency period has been extended to 28 days from 10 days, and all voters are now required to put their signature onto the voter list.)

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    jamess

    Three months to get a state ID here in Texas. I already had my birth record and that cost me about fifty dollars to get. How in the heck would a poor person working a regular job during the week and maybe a part time one too jump thru the hoops they set in place. The voter ID laws are what is fraudulent. Not poor mostly Democrat voters whose only voice is the ballot box.

    To top it off they have cut the Texas state budget so there are fewer clerks and something that took fifteen minutes five years ago took two hours of standing in line on my worn out 65 year old legs now.

    Meany Rethugs

    Conservatives supported slavery, opposed women’s suffrage, supported Jim Crow, opposed the 40-hour work week, the abolishment of child labor, and supported McCarthyism. from 'It's The Conservatism, Stupid' by Paul Waldman July 12, 2006

    by arealniceguy on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 12:25:57 PM PDT

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    jamess

    Three months to get a state ID here in Texas. I already had my birth record and that cost me about fifty dollars to get. How in the heck would a poor person working a regular job during the week and maybe a part time one too jump thru the hoops they set in place. The voter ID laws are what is fraudulent. Not poor mostly Democrat voters whose only voice is the ballot box.

    To top it off they have cut the Texas state budget so there are fewer clerks and something that took fifteen minutes five years ago took two hours of standing in line on my worn out 65 year old legs now.

    Meany Rethugs

    Conservatives supported slavery, opposed women’s suffrage, supported Jim Crow, opposed the 40-hour work week, the abolishment of child labor, and supported McCarthyism. from 'It's The Conservatism, Stupid' by Paul Waldman July 12, 2006

    by arealniceguy on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 12:26:34 PM PDT

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    Washington does require some sort of ID to register, but it cannot possibly demand ID from registered voters before allowing them to cast ballots.  We, like Oregon, vote entirely by mail.  Therefore, the vote of every person who receives a ballot (i.e., every registered voter) will be accepted when it's returned (and signed).

    With respect to registration, it can be done in three ways:

    • Online -- requires one to provide the ID code on one's driver's license or state ID card (and of course, the personal info on that license has to match what's entered by the applicant).
    • By mail -- the mail-in form can be downloaded, printed, filled in, and mailed.  It's also available at libraries, government offices, and such, as well as carried by canvassers at large gatherings (festivals, etc.).  Again, the registrant can provide his/her license or state ID number, but the last four digits of the SSN is also acceptable documentation (no picture on that, of course).
    • In person -- at your county elections office.  That would entail filling out the same form as could have been mailed.  Again, the SSN method doesn't require photo ID.

    Maybe I'm misinterpreting what the national map categories mean, but I don't see much, if anything, that I'd call voter-suppression methodology happening here in Washington.

    Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. -- K.Marx A.Lincoln

    by N in Seattle on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 12:37:21 PM PDT

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