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Do You Need an ID? (Less restrictive)

Yes, voters must show either a state, federal or tribal photo ID.

Without ID, voters must sign an affidavit confirming their name and address.

Do You Need an Excuse to Vote Absentee? (Less restrictive)

No excuse is required 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 probation. Before a 2012 law, those convicted of felonies had their voting rights restored after serving time in prison and completing parole. People serving time for misdemeanors cannot vote while incarcerated.

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

Voters may submit absentee ballots in person as early as 45 days before an election, until 5 p.m. the day before Election Day.

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Explainers

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.