Rules vary widely from state to state for Get Out The Vote.
Know the rules for your state in terms of what ID you need to take along when you vote so you can cast your ballot.
Do you even need ID to vote? Probably, as there are 34 states which require voters to show some kind of identification.
The other 16 states use other ways to verify the voter’s identity; such as signatures, which are cross-referenced with information election officials have on file.
Voter ID law is categorized in two main ways:
First, whether the state asks for a photo ID or whether it accepts IDs without a photo, and second, the laws can be divided by what actions are available for voters who do not have an ID.
Some states require voters to show an ID which has a photo, like a driver’s license, military ID, state issued identification card, tribal ID etc. Be sure you bring proper identification when you go to get out the vote. Every voice counts!
Some states accept non-photo ID such as a bank statement with their name and address or any other document that has this information, but which may not necessarily have a photo.
For 2018 there are 17 states that ask for a photo ID and 17 states that also accept non-photo IDs.
What will happen if you make it to “Get out the vote” without the proper ID to cast your ballot?
The law around this can be broken down in two different categories, depending on where you are. They are called “Non-strict” and “Strict”.
A voter without ID can cast a ballot, which will be counted. The only thing the voter has to do for this to happen is to sign an affidavit of identity or in some cases, a poll worker may be able to vouch for the voter. The voter doesn’t need to do anything else.
Some of the non-strict states like Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Utah, require a voter who does not have an ID to vote on a provisional ballot. After Election Day closes election official will address each one without an ID individually.
They will determine if this voter was eligible by verifying things like their signature and if they are a registered voter? Their investigation will determine if the provisional ballot is to be counted. No other action on the part of the voter is required for you to get out the vote.
In New Hampshire, if you did not show an ID, you will have to sign a voter’s affidavit. Further, an election official will send you a letter requiring you to send it back confirming that you are a resident as indicated on the affidavit.
If you don’t have an acceptable ID you will have to vote on a provisional ballot. The voter will have further steps to take after Election Day, in order for the vote to be counted. For example, a voter may be required to return to an election office within a few days after the election is over.
They will then be required to present an acceptable ID to have the provisional ballot counted. A no show will result in the voter’s provisional ballot to automatically not be counted.
Either way, be sure to get out the vote!
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