In many states, you are required to bring identification with you when you vote. Some states issue a voter identification card when you register to vote. Otherwise, your voter ID is whatever type of ID your state deems acceptable.
Find out if you are eligible to vote. To vote in the United States, you must be at least 18 years old by the time of the general election and a U.S. citizen. Some states prevent felons and mentally disabled individuals from voting. If your state does, it will be indicated on your voter registration application form.
Contact your local election office to register to vote. You also can go online to register at http://www.congress.org/election/register_vote.
Ask the election office what forms of ID your state requires you to bring to the polls. You also can go to the National Conference of State Legislatures homepage to select your state and see a list of accepted IDs. Check the Resources section for this website.
Bring the required form or forms of ID with you when you vote.
- The federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) mandates all first-time voters to show ID if they did not submit proof of identification when they registered to vote. Twenty-five states require more than what HAVA mandates.
Items you will need
- Voter ID card
- Registered voter
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