Do You Need an ID? (Expansive)

Yes, voters must present one form of ID, either with a photo or name and address. In November 2014, voters will decide whether to adopt a strict photo ID law.

Without ID, a voter may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, can swear that they know him.

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. Those who have committed felonies or misdemeanors "connected with the right of suffrage" are permanently disenfranchised.

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

No early voting. In November 2014, voters will decide whether to amend the constitution to allow six days of early voting.



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

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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.