Do You Need an ID? (Less restrictive)

Yes, voters must present some form of photo ID, including a free voter ID issued by the state.

Without ID, voter may cast a ballot if he signs an affidavit and provides identifying information from the polling book, such as his date of birth.

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? (Restrictive)

Felons are prohibited from voting while in prison, on parole and on probation, but may apply to have their rights restored after completing their sentence. Those convicted before 1974 who have served their time are permitted to vote.

Can You Vote In Person Before Election Day? (Restrictive)

Early voting begins 14 days before Election Day, and ends seven days before the election.



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.