Saturday, February 11, 2012

Voter ID Requirements For All 50 States

Please be sure to read the following carefully and learn what is required in your state. As laws become updated, I will be sure to revise this listing accordingly. No matter what your political leaning, the right to vote in this great country is critical and should not be ignored. Remember: No candidate is perfect, but the right to vote is pure perfection.

Photo ID Required for All Voters

The following are states that require photo ID for all voters, however a provisional ballot is not granted if a voter does not bring a photo ID to the polls in these states.

  • Alaska
  • Alabama  
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas  
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Photo ID Required for All Voters with Provisonal Ballot Clause

The following states require all voters to show a photo ID in order to vote; if a voter does not present photo ID at the polls a provisional ballot is provided.

  • Indiana
  • Georgia
  • Florida

Photo ID Required for All Voters with Full Ballot Clause

The following states require photo ID for voting, however if a voter does not present photo ID at the polls a Full ballot will be provided.

  • Michigan
  • South Dakota
  • Louisiana
  • Hawaii

Photo ID Required for First Time Voters Only

The following state requires photo ID only for first time voters.

  • Pennsylvania

States that enforce only the HAVA Minimum

These states are those that only enforce the minimum standard by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in which only require a photo ID when an ID was not presented at registration.

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming


  1. a photo ID should not the only ID you have to present when you vote. A driver license is not a proof of citizenship anyone can have a driver licence that does not make you a US citizen...
    Yoland Dewonck a naturalized US citizen

    1. Well, the point is you still have to be registered to vote when you go in to the polling place, and you can't register to vote unless you're a citizen. The ID thing is what you show AT the polling place, long after you've already registered.

    2. thank Nicole Obviously someone hasn't voted before....

  2. Is it just me, or is Vermont not on your list at all?

    1. It's just you. Vermont is a HAVA state...near the bottom of the list.

    2. Just you Andrea...between Utah and West Virginia.

  3. i know it sounds silly, growing up in the Northeast - specifically MA, i was always used to showing photo ID to vote, since 1980...but i am white, and female (we do still get to vote, right...i understand control of our bodies doesn't seem to be OUR choice anymore) - so, as a progressive liberal, i understand the hullabaloo over insisting on IDS, but i at least recognize the disenfranchisement of those without, and the cost associated with it.

  4. I believe the NH one is inaccurate. According to Rep. Marjorie Porter, here are the new (as of a week or two ago when the veto was overridden) requirements:

    For the September primaries and November elections this year, when you check in at the polls, you will be asked to show a valid photo ID in order to receive a ballot. IDs considered valid for this year’s elections and next March’s town elections only include:
    • A driver’s license from any state, even if expired
    • A US military ID
    • A US passport, even if expired
    • Any other photo ID issued by the government
    • A valid student ID
    • Any other photo ID determined legitimate by the supervisors of the checklist, the moderator, or the town clerk
    • Or, verification of your identity by a moderator or supervisor of the checklist or town clerk, so long as no one else objects to that verification

    If you do not have any of these forms of ID, and you are challenged, you will be asked to sign a challenged voter affidavit. This affidavit will be mailed to the Secretary of State’s office. Within 60 days of the election, you will receive a letter from the Secretary of State, asking you to verify that you did indeed vote. You must return that signed confirmation within 90 days, or an investigation will be made to determine if voter fraud has occurred.

    All this changes once again after September 1, 2013. After that date, the list of acceptable photo IDs becomes much more restrictive, and will include only driver’s licenses, a state issued non-driver ID, a military ID, a passport, or a qualified voter affidavit.

  5. As a far-right extremist, I sincerely thank you for this excellent guide and public service.

    1. You may not understand this, but generally those who think voting is important are in favor of everybody voting, even those whose views do not precisely coincide with their own.

  6. Pennsylvania now requires photo ID for all voters. It is being challenged in court but...