- Red: Few safeguards, high potential for vote fraud
- Yellow: Needs improvement
- Green: Requires strict photo ID
- * Allows early, in-person voting and/or no-excuses absentee voting
To find out the laws in your state, click on your state in the map above or in the list below.
If you're from Kansas, be proud! Your state leads the Nation in voter protection, including additional safeguards for registration and other mail-in ballots.
* allows early, in-person voting and/or no-excuses absentee voting
1 denied DOJ approval
2 applied and awaiting DOJ approval
3 subject to DOJ approval
4 received DOJ approval
5 enjoined by lower level state court
6 strict photo ID law vetoed by Governor
STRICT PHOTO ID REQUIRED — voters must show Photo ID in order to vote, but individuals without photo ID are allowed to vote provisionally with requirements for providing photo ID to election officials after the fact in order for vote to count.
PHOTO ID REQUIRED — voters required to show Photo ID, but individuals without photo ID allowed to vote, or cast a provisional vote, if affidavits under penalty of law are signed by voter (or in some cases poll workers) attesting to individual's identity, or presenting individual's voter registration certificate.
PHOTO ID NOMINALLY REQUIRED — voters required to show Photo ID, but individuals without photo ID are allowed to vote if they can provide other NON-Photo forms of ID, or verbally supply information to poll workers corroborating information in the voter registration list.
NON-PHOTO ID REQUIRED — voters only required to show NON-Photo ID that varies by state. Acceptable voter ID in various states include utility bills, bank statements, paycheck stubs, government check or other government document, change of address verification from US Post Office, etc.
NO ID REQUIRED — voters are not required to show any form of ID in order to vote.
Every state allows voters with excuses for being absent on Election Day to vote by absentee ballot.