Our second action is to HELP… helping others find the information they need to vote.

You can help others to become engaged by encouraging those you know to vote, beginning with helping them to register.

State Voter ID Laws

What you need to bring to vote.

A total of 36 states have laws requesting or requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls, 35 of which are in force in 2020. The remaining 14 states use other methods to verify the identity of voters. Most frequently, other identifying information provided at the polling place, such as a signature, is checked against information on file. Learn more about states’ voter ID requirements.

See State-by-State Details on In-Effect Voter ID Requirements 


About half of the states with voter ID laws accept only photo IDs. These include

  • driver’s licenses
  • state-issued ID cards 
  • military ID cards 
  • passports 

Many of these states now offer a free voter photo ID card if you don’t have another form of valid photo ID.

Other states accept some types of non-photo ID. These may include

  • birth certificates 
  • Social Security cards 
  • bank statements 
  • utility bills 

Each state is specific about the documents it will accept as proof of identification. Check here before election day to see your state’s voter ID requirements 

Visit your state’s election office website for state-wide voting guidance. Or use this directory to find your local elections site

Voting by Mail-In Absentee Ballot


States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Every state’s election rules are different. And each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Many are still in the process of deciding how they will handle voting during the pandemic. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.

Click on this link for information on how to register for an absentee ballot.

Acceptable Reasons for Absentee/Mail-in Voting and How to Request an Absentee/Mail-in Ballot

Check out this link which provides a list by state of acceptable reasons to vote via absentee ballot. OR see the rules for each state below.