Do You Need an ID? (Expansive)

Yes, voters must present a photo ID or a non-photo ID showing their name and current address.

Without ID, voter can fill out a "Polling Place Elector ID" form, or casting a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are only counted if the voter provides valid ID by 5 p.m. the day after the election.

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

No excuse is required to mail in an absentee ballot. Under a 2013 law, voters may apply for permanant absentee status.

What if You Have a Felony Conviction? (Expansive)

Felons are prohibited from voting while in prison.

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

Voters may submit absentee ballots in person beginning 30 days before Election Day, until the day 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.