Do You Need an ID? (Expansive)

Yes, voters must present an ID bearing their name and address; name and signature; or name and photograph.

Without ID, voters may cast a ballot after signing under penalty of making a false statement to attest to their identity.

Do You Need an Excuse to Vote Absentee? (Restrictive)

Voters must provide an excuse to mail in an absentee ballot.

What if You Have a Felony Conviction? (Less restrictive)

An ex-offender's voting rights are automatically restored once he is on probation.

Can You Vote In Person Before Election Day? (Most restrictive)

No early voting. Voters will have the opportunity to vote on whether to allow early voting during the November 2014 elections.



Absentee Voting Gets Easier

Nearly 17 percent of the U.S. electorate voted by mail in 2012

Voting Early More Often

36 states allow people to vote in person before Election Day

Who Loses the Right to Vote

All but two states have laws that keep felons from voting

Voter ID Laws Gain Momentum

But many are also being challenged in court

Recent Stories

Introducing “Ballot Watch”

Who's allowed to vote? And when? As the November midterms approach, find out how voting laws are changing state-by-state in our interactive database.

Where is Voter Discrimination the Worst?

Voting discrimination persists nationwide, but the worst offenders today are still southern states with a history of blocking minorities' access to the ballot, according to a new study by the National Commission on Voting Rights.

New Voter ID Laws Hit Setbacks

Courts are pushing back against laws in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision. Several legal battles are still ahead.