As of October 17, 2021, 35 states require some form of identification when voting.
🔹In 20 of those states, photo identification is required with the remaining 15 requiring non-photo identification.
🔹Fifteen states and the District of Columbia do not typically require voters to present ID at the polls.
Here are three recent rulings from courts on voter ID laws:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a voter ID law in 2018 which required photo identification under most circumstances. If a voter did not have a proper ID at the polls, he or she could vote provisionally and return later to present the proper ID.
The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a provision regarding affidavit requirements if a voter did not have a proper ID. As a result, Missouri voters could cast a ballot with either photo or non-photo identification.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a law that re-established the state’s voter ID requirement. Under the law, voters without an ID at the polls could vote provisionally and then present a valid ID later. Voters could also present supplementary information like utility bills or bank statements if needed.
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