As of January 2015, 31 states
enforced voter identification requirements
. A total of 15 states required voters to present photo identification while 16 accepted other forms of identification. In some states, a voter who is unable to present valid identification may still be permitted to vote without casting a provisional ballot. In others, such voters are required to cast provisional ballots.
Valid forms of identification differ by state. Commonly accepted forms of identification include:
- a driver's license
- a state-issued identification card
- a military identification card
Generally speaking, proponents of voter identification requirements maintain that these laws are necessary in order to prevent voter fraud. Critics, meanwhile, contend that voter fraud is very rare and identification requirements "unduly restrict the right to vote."
As of January 2015, the following 15 states required voters to present photo identification at the polls.
As of January 2015, the following 16 states accepted other forms of identification:
The table below breaks down voter identification requirements by state. Requirements are divided into four categories:
- Photo ID: The state requires voters to present photo identification at the polls.
- Non-photo ID: The state requires voters to present some form of identification at the polls. This identification does not necessarily have to include a photograph.
- Strict: The state requires a voter who does not have a valid form of identification to cast a provisional ballot.
- Non-strict: The state may allow a voter without valid identification to cast a regular ballot.
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