Our Vote Live Reports
The following voter ID reports were gathered from OurVoteLive.org, which logs and organizes election-related problems and inquiries across the USA and was created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The website allows the general public a window into the Election Protection Coalition's (EPC) voter assistance efforts by providing anonymized versions of EPC's records. This page provides a large sample of voter ID-specific reports listed on the OurVoteLive website from 7:00am to 10:27pm EST on November 6, 2012.
Voter ID Presidential Swing States
College student not allowed to vote because address on driver's license was from out of state, even though student ID was provided.
Description: Voter had no photo ID but had signature and proof of address, voter was refused a provisional ballot.
Description: Voter's drivers license expired yesterday but he had ordered a new one last week and had confirmation of his order. He wanted to know if he was going to be allowed to vote.
Action Taken: advised to bring both his expired address and his proof of order for the new license.
Description: Voter had acceptable ID but was not allowed to vote.
Action Taken: Verified that voter had acceptable ID and advised contacting election supervisor.
Description: Long lines resulting from short staff aggressively checking ID
Description: Wanted polling information and verification of what forms of ID were acceptable. Provided information.
Description: Caller wanted to report that she heard on the radio that a red hat polling security person was only checking IDs for African American people in line. She did not have a polling location where this was occurring, only what she heard on the radio.
Action Taken: Reported
Description: Voter was turned away from the polls and was told she was not registered. Voter believes she is registered. Voter was offered a provisional ballot.
Action Taken: Looked up voter on Florida elections website, but was unable to find her. Referred her to the local election board
Description: Voter lost ID, but had student ID. Voter was told student ID would be acceptable and in the event student ID denied, voter was told to vote via provisional ballot.
Description: Voter without ID wants to know if she can vote with another form of ID. Voter did not have any forms of ID as accepted by state of Florida. Voter had to vote via provisional ballot.
MI 10:27p.m. ET
Description: Was in a long line at the polling place. There was a woman standing outside shouting at the people in line, "Don't forget you need your ID to vote." Then asked a poll worker, and poll worker said it's true, you need your photo ID to vote. Caller persisted, and poll worker finally admitted no ID was required. When caller got up to the table, she was asked for ID. There was out on the table a laminated notice stating ID is required, but can sign an affidavit if you don't have one.
Description: voter was turned away because address on driver's license did not match registration address. was not offered provisional ballot.
Description: Precinct 41 is requiring id, swiping id and refusing entry without id. Actual voter had id and did vote but reported the issue to caller.
Description: Poll worker insisted on ID; said that "no ID, no vote."
Description: Caller reported 3 voters were required to present ID.
Description: Poll workers asked for ID, he said no, but the poll worker pushed him for ID and he finally showed it. Worker did not mention the affidavit option.
Description: Unnecessary voter ID requests lead to lines two hours long.
Description: Potential voter intimidation by poll workers asking all voters for ID with no affidavit option.
Description: Signs at polling places telling voters to have ID ready.
Action Taken: Township clerk took the signs down.
Description: Voter was told that if they signed an affidavit for ID instead of photo ID that their vote would not count.
Description: Voter had his wallet stolen yesterday and wanted to know if he will be able to vote.
Action Taken: Advised that under MI law and he will be able to vote so long as he signs an affidavit.
Description: Voter wanted info on Michigan voter ID law.
Action Taken: Voter was given ID information.
Description: Voter inquiring whether he needed to bring ID to vote and if it could be expired.
Description: Scio Township poll workers saying drivers license required and that is not the case.
Description: Violation of buffer zone
Description: Voter turned away from his polling location after presenting passport as ID.
Description: Voter did not have Ohio ID. Poll worker did not explain to her what other forms of ID are acceptable.
Description: Caller voted early but received a phone call about the type of identication that is required to vote in Ohio.
Action Taken: Informed voter of the valid forms of identification.
Description: Multiple voters not permitted to vote because ID address did not match poll list, contrary to OH law.
Description: Voter asked about types of identification; only has social security card
Action Taken: Informed voter that she will be able to vote using a provisional ballot only
Description: Many college students being turned away or given provisionals because addresses on ID didn’t match registration.
Action Taken: Board of Election contacted.
Description: Poll workers requiring photo ID only.
Description: Voters told they need more ID.
Action Taken: Reported to Board of Elections.
Description: Campaign worker called in with complaint about polling place, Cuffee Center on Windy Road in Chesapeake, Va. She reported that voters are being turned away for not having two IDs even if in system.
Action Taken: I told the caller that I would record the issue and try to determine whether other callers are reporting the same complaint.
Description: Voter with driver's license turned away because he did not specifically have his voter ID card.
Action Taken: Advised voter that he should have been able to vote, and suggested trying again.
Description: Voter not allowed to vote because address on driver's license did not match address on registration.
Description: First time Virginia voter required to provide photo ID; registration card insufficient.
Description: Voter inquiring about Virginia voter ID requirements.
Action Taken: Voter was informed about ID requirements.
Description: Voter reported that polling place was requiring all voters to show two forms of ID.
Description: Inquiry on what ID is required if caller cannot locate voter registration card.
Voter ID US Senate States
Description: Voter was asked to present photo ID instead of just voter registration card
Description: Voter was required to submit photo ID. Arizona law does not necessarily require photo identification.
Description: Elderly voters being required to show ID and utility bill, but retirement home doesn't give utility bills - turned away 50 voters.
Description: Voter given provisional ballot because their middle name on their ID was different then on the register
Description: Polling place telling people that they must have a MO issued ID with a current address or they'll only give a provisional ballot.
Action Taken: Need to follow up, as information is incorrect
Description: Voter asked to have ID ready - not allowing vote without voter card. Challenger backed off when she challenged.
Description: Wrong voter identification logs at polling place.
Description: Voter did not receive voter indentification card and was not on the roster of voters, despite the fact that he voted in 2008.
Action Taken: Told to go to polling place and cast a provisional ballot. Was given phone number to verify with SOS.
Where (Else) the Action Is
Description: Voter was asked to present identification Long time voter forbidden to vote
Description: Reports niece, Tyesha Floyd, in PA going to vote for first time and was asked to produce ID. She did, but was told that ID was not valid because it would expire within the next six months. Voter was not permitted to vote and did not vote by provisional.
Description: First time voter was asked for ID as well as voter registration card.
Description: Voter reported being asked for ID at his PA polling place.
Description: First time voter had her voter ID card, but was told that photo ID was also required.
Description: First time voter turned away after failing to produce a photo ID.
Description: Poll watcher observed papers which instructed voters that a voter ID is required without any clarifying details. Voter saw this as intimidation.
Action Taken: Told voter that these postings are permissible insofar as they are needed for first time voters. (and first time voters at new polling places)
Description: Voter turned away even though she provided Student ID. Poll workers were impolite and appeared to discriminate against this voter.
Action Taken: Voter was encouraged to go back to polling place and again try to vote.
Description: second hand information from social media, friend posted address and said people were being turned away because they did not have id
Action Taken: Told her friend to tell everyone they did not need an ID to vote.
Description: Poll workers asked twice for ID which voter refused to produced. They were acting as officious intermeddlers. Not aware of current law -- Trying to enforce what was overturned. Voter says they were not properly trained.
Description: Had voter registration card but was told she needed photo ID to vote. Was turned away. Asked to vote provisional ballot. Was told she could not get one.
Description: First time voter with registration card not allowed to vote without photo ID.
Description: Voter asked for photo ID because registration was cancelled in 2010.
Description: Poll worker insisted on PHOTO ID, would not accept state voter ID.
Description: First time voters being required to show ID.
Description: Voter required to provide two different forms of photo ID in order to vote.
Description: There is a poll worker being forced to ask for ID.
Description: First time voter's state-issued ID card rejected.
Action Taken: Advised to speak with Board of Election.
Description: Voter experienced harassing requests for ID coupled with threats of not being allowed to vote.
Description: Poll worker exhibits frustration when voter refused to provide ID when asked.
Description: Long time voter asked to show ID.
Description: Intimidating demands for ID, signs up saying “ID Required”
Description: Voter in Philadelphia was required to show ID to sign in and vote.
ID problem: Voter was asked to present identification
Public Description: Voter reported polling workers stating they are required to ask for ID. Also, poll workers said that a sign placed by Obama supports stating that ID is not required will have to come down.
Polling place problem: Provisional ballot problem
Description: The voter told that if they don't present photo ID they will have to vote by provisional ballot even though their registration card indicates that voter ID is not necessary. The voter and his wife provided photo ID and was given a paper ballot.
Action Taken: The voter wants someone to call him back to see what can be done with the polling place personnel.
Description: Voter reported signs at poll location stating: "First time voters, ID required" and "Show ID."
Description: Voter registration was not accepted as ID, after voter protested she was eventually allowed to vote
Description: Voter was told he couldn't vote without ID and was "screamed at for not having ID." Voter was allowed to vote upon producing ID.
Description: Poll worker sitting outside of the polling place stating that "you need voter id to vote".
Description: Voter witnessed poll workers informing voters that requiring ID "will be the law in the future," and stating that "it will be easier if you provide ID" and inapprioprately asking "if you board a plane do you show ID?"
Action Taken: COS field officers sent to the polling station.
Description: Poll worker stated voters were required to show ID. Poll worker required ID from two African Americans, but did not require ID from other individual.
Description: Voter was asked to go home and get ID to vote. Voter's persistence enabled him to vote.
Description: Poll worker told voter that poll workers are required to ask for ID.
Description: Poll workers asking ID said they would "put a big check mark" on voter rolls by the names of those without ID.
Description: Voter told he could not vote without ID because he hadn't voted in a number of years, even though he voted in 2008.
Description: Voter refused to provide ID when asked by poll workers; poll workers begrudgingly allowed him to vote.
Description: Flyer posted at polling place stating "voter ID required for this election".
Description: Voter asked to show ID and was allowed to vote after producing ID.
Description: Voter asked for photo ID, presented ID to avoid shame, felt workers were very racist and aggressive.
Description: Voter indicated that a sign was posted with Voter ID required in big letters and you can vote without ID was in small letters. He felt that it was intimidating.
Description: Voter was voting for the first time and was asked to show ID, he did and was allowed to vote.
Description: Voter reported that a poll worker was walking through the line of potential voters asking for ID.
Description: EMAIL SENT FROM A VOTER
I went to vote this morning after work. I voted in Thornbury Twp, Delaware County, Pa at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, precinct 2. When I gave my name I was asked for ID, which I purposely did not have. When I told them I did not have it they told me I needed ID to vote. I told them that they could ask me for it but that I didn't have to produce it. They looked blank and like they wanted to stop me from voting then finally said, Oh and let me through. I have been voting there for over 30 years so it wasn't my first time there.
Description: Voter was asked for photo ID, but was not allowed to vote even though his name was in the book.
Description: Voter reports that all voters are being asked to produce identification.
Description: Voter claimed that polling place workers were asking individuals to produce IDs. However, they do not believe any one was turned away for failure to produce an ID.
Description: Two women came out of the voting place and said they weren't allowed to vote because they didn't have identification. The women were registered to vote.
Description: Big sign stating saying VOTER ID REQUIRED.
Description: Voter asked for ID, and wondered if they could ask
Description: Voter reports that poll worker is demanding photo ID, even though he knows that the voter ID law is not in effect, and is handing out outdated literature related to ID needed under the voter ID law.
Description: Caller reporting sign saying voter ID required to vote.
Description: Official-looking sign at the poll says "please show id." Voter complained & judge of elections told him the sign was required by the county voter service. Voter called the county, county said "not so" and they would call judge of elections to take down the sign.
Description: Sign on door saying voter ID required please have it ready to show.
Description: 1st time vote & his fiancee (who recently moved) were asked to produce photo ID rather than simply their poll card. They were also questioned regarding their wearing an Obama t-shirt & a pin supporting Obama.
PA 8:16am (corrected time)
Description: Voter asked to show ID, poll worker told her the "court required to ask for ID"
PA 8:16am (corrected time)
Description: Judge of Elections overrode poll worker wanting to hold voter aside because the voter did not show ID
PA 7:51am (corrected time)
Description: Voter was asked to present ID at polling place
PA 7:37am (corrected time)
Description: Verify PA voter ID law
Other Voter ID States
Description: Pardoned felon who was released in ’01 and voted in ’08 and ’12 was required to show full reinstatement papers or vote provisional.
Description: Voter walked in polling place and name was found on registration rolls. Then, a second poll worker said he needed to show an ID, caller said it's not required, he had read the newspaper and knew ID wasn't required. The workersaid she didn't care. She said he couldn't vote without ID. So he showed it and voted.
Description: Poll workers asking for ID and refused to allow voters to vote who did not produce ID.
Action Taken: Advised caller that voter ID is not required of voters in his and his friends' situation.
Description: Caller reporting that asked for ID to vote. Feels that the poll workers are racist and will intimidate people who do not produce ID.
Description: College student not allowed to vote because ID address did not match registration.
Action Taken: Voter cast a provisional ballot.
Description: Voter had to fill out affidavit form because he did provide ID. Voter had to locate a form himself, and then had to go to the back of the line.
Description: Poll workers ignorant of the law asking for both registration cards and photo ID.
Description: Caller inquiring about ID required in order for her mother to vote.
Description: Voter inquired whether ID is required to vote in South Carolina.
Description: Voter had moved since he was last registered.
Action Taken: Informed her that "Any qualified voter who moves to another address in the same precinct will, even without notifying the County Board of Registration, be allowed to vote at that precinct’s polling place once the voter has made an oral or written affirmation of the address change."
Description: Voter asked if she could present college identification. Voter was informed of proper ID required and how to cast provisional ballot.
SC 8:00am (corrected time)
Description: Voter did not have lost driver's license and registration card, told to vote via provisional ballot
Description: Caller's daughter attempted to vote, has a voter id card and photo id. She waited in line for4 3 hours and was finally told that her card was too old. She was turned away, with little to no additional information. Voter noticed that other caucasian voters with the same issue were not turned away and were told to go ahead and vote this time. They eventually sent her to the right polling location, but only upon her persistence.
Action Taken: Voter's mother wanted to register her concern and felt that it was discriminatory behavior.
Description: Voter without photo ID due to financial constraints inquired whether he could vote.
Action Taken: Voter informed that the polling place should allow him to file an affidavit stating that he could not obtain a ID due to indigence.
Description: Tammy is driving elderly voters around and had two reports of George St precinct asking for id. Caller said poll worker said if they returned with their id, they would also not be allowed to vote.
Description: Voter wanted to know if ID was required. Confirmed that identification is required.
Description: Voter ID cards got mixed up with forms, and some of the ID cards weren't "accessible" to vote. Polling worker apologized. Gave another woman a card saying she'd voted, even though she hadn't voted yet.
Description: Elderly voter in nursing home has valid TN ID w/o a photo. Normally a photo ID is required, but individuals in licensed nursing homes are exempt from this requirement.
Description: Wanted to know ID requirements.
Description: Voter had question about ID and registration and moving.
Description: Precinct 12 in Utah poll workers was turning away voters that did not have photo identification. Poll workers were requesting drivers licenses or passports. Caller asked if student I.D. was allowed and poll workers said it would not. Caller presented a drivers license and was able to vote. Many others were turned away.
Action Taken: Report made and following up with election volunteers.
Description: Misleading signs stating "have your Utah D.L." ready suggests driver's license is the only acceptable form of voter ID.
Action Taken: Notified election official who will take down misleading signs.
Description: Registered voter (not first time voter) turned away when she did not present an ID upon request
Action Taken: Volunteer going to polling station now.
Description: Voter heard a news reporting ID was needed to vote. Voter worried that members of the community might not vote because of the report.
Action Taken: Voter was informed of ID requirements in CA.
Description: Voter called to report voters being asked for ID in certain IA precincts. Election Protection is calling Board of Elections.
Action Taken: Election Protection is calling Board of Elections to inquire about ID being asked for at these precincts.
Description: Voter was told that they needed her drivers' license. Voter told them it was illegal; and they said it was required. Voter was told to "do what we tell you" or she would not be able to vote. This occurred on Saturday, and she did not believe me when I told her that a form of photo identification is required for early voting.
IL 7:21 pm
Description: Voter reported that the polling place located at 1148 N. Honore in Chicago requires IDs. He called the Chicago Board of Elections and they also told me that IDs are required.
Description: Poll workers asking for ID at all precincts.
Description: Poll worker demanded voter ID and said it was state law.
Description: Poll watcher demanding ID and turning away registered voters.
Description: Went to vote, had DL and proof of address. Sent to multiple lines and left polls because of long lines.
Description: Election judge asked three voters for ID even though they were registered to vote. They happened to have IDs with them and so voted, but should not have been required to show ID.
Action Taken: Informed command center.
Description: Voter ID proponent accosting voters.
Action Taken: Reported to election officials.
Description: Voter with an ID without current address inquired on how to vote. Voter does not have a utility bill or a student ID.
Description: Voter had do address on ID, and no utlity bill.
Action Taken: Gave him instrucitons on vouching
Description: At one polling location voter was asked for ID. At another location he was not asked for ID.
Description: Voter believes he was ask for photo ID based on profiling.
Description: Poll workers cause error and demand ID from voter.
Description: Wanted to know whether needed an ID to vote for first time voter.
Description: Caller was concerned that some voters were being given provisional ballots and being told by poll workers that the provisional ballot may not count.
Action Taken: Told caller how provisional ballots work.
Description: First time voter registered by mail concerned that he would have to show proof of address or ID at the polling station even though he has a registration card.
Description: Voter was required to show picture ID. He said that he went through the first line and received the sheet to take over to the ballot table. At that time, they said the woman at the initial table did not check off a picture ID on the form and that he would have to show a picture ID to vote. He said that all people at the polling place had to show ID.
Description: Voter sent in absentee ballot with proof of identification, but is listed at polling place as a non-verified voter
Action Taken: Suggested she bring her passport or a bank statement or utility bill.
Description: Seniors from retirement home being required to provide ID.
Description: Voter experiences problems because he is told that his signature didn't match with his ID and registration.
Description: Voter was told needed to show ID - Poll workers trained to require ID.
Action Taken: Contacted Hudson County Superintendent of Elections to report problems.
Description: Voter inquired about hoax texts and ID requirements
Description: Caller wanted to check on acceptable forms of ID in NJ.
Description: Student wanted to confirm ID requirements.
Description: Voters were presenting IDs at polling place. Poll workers took IDs when voters presented ID and looked at them. Not clear if poll workers were asking for them or not. But poll workers appeared to be checking them. Some of the voters' English language skills were limited and possibly workers were trying to match names; there were some poll workers with language skills but no translators.
Description: Several voters asked to produce photo ID in order to vote.
Description: Poll workers requiring ID. Poll workers giving confusing or incorrect information about affidavit ballots, telling voters their vote would not count.
Description: Voter was asked for ID. When she stated that she wasn't required to have ID, she was allowed to vote. Voter is concerned that poll worker was intimidating other voters.
Description: Voter registered in Brooklyn but did not receive voter ID card.
Action Taken: Voter was informed that she could vote after providing ID.
Description: Poll workers asking everyone for ID, voter was allowed to vote after showing ID.
Description: Caller inquired about whether her ID address being different than her registered address would be a problem.
Description: Voters asked to show ID before voting although not turned away if they didn't produce one.
Description: Poll worker was asking students for photo ID.
Description: Voter told couldn't register with Dept. of Education loan doc.
Action Taken: Voter told that was acceptable. Voter will return to register.
Description: "concerned citizen monitor" insisting to Chief Inspector that ID required, Chief Inspector put the individual on the phone with the city clerk, who confirmed no ID required.
No State Listed 7:32pm
Description: poll workers gave incorrect info (Charlie Pearl & Miss Kase) about ID requirements and discouraged voter ahead of complaining voter who left; asked this voter for ID and said it was required when voter was neither new nor recent moved
Stated not listed 1:22pm
Description: Voter inquiring about acceptable forms of ID.
Action Taken: Informed of acceptable forms of ID.
State not listed 1:17pm
Description: Voter does not have ID as his wallet was stolen.
Action Taken: Informed him of ID options and advised him to cast provisional ballot.
State Not listed 1:07pm
ID problem: Voter produced identification
Description: Service woman not allowed to vote when providing military ID.
State Not listed 1:02pm
Description: Poll Worker walking up and down line asking for ID.
Action Taken: Field Volunteer went to investigate.
State Not Listed 12:07pm
Description: Voter's driver's license had incorrect address and voter was told he was not allowed to vote.
Action Taken: Voter was advised to contact Board of Elections Office and informed of his right to cast a provisional ballot.
State Not Listed 9:50am
Description: Voter changed name after marriage, inquired whether she would need ID.
State Not Listed 9:48am
Description: Voter moved in June 2011 and updated license including voter registration at DMV. Polling location did not have current address for voter but did for his wife. He was being told to do a provisional ballot, but he wanted to do a regular ballot.
State Not listed 9:35am
Description: Voter is not registered and has changed name; voter does not have ID with current name. Wants to know how to register.
Action Taken: Advised voter of registration options.
State Not listed 9:35am
Description: Registrars asking for ID along with POR so they would have a number to put in the registration form.
State Not Listed 9:28am
Description: Hispanic voter went to vote this morning, workers couldn't find her name, after 2 hours they finally found her name.
State Not Listed 9:01am
Voter with out registration card inquired about the acceptable forms of ID
State Not Listed 8:59am
Description: People went to old Polling Station which was closed. Directed to the correct station. When they arrived at correct station, they were told that their name was not on the list; given a Provisional Ballot. Contacted Hillsborough SOE Office to report problem.
State not listed. 8:29 am
Description: Poll monitor reported that poll workers were not accepting driver's licenses with addresses that do not match the poll book.
State Not Listed 8:35am
Description: Voter asked to present ID
State Not Listed 8:28am
Description: Voter submitted copy of ID w/ voter registration application, but was required to produce ID after showing new voter registration card when trying to vote. The polling worker told her that she didn't need ID, but another worker told her that she was required to show one. Voter showed her driver's license.
State not listed 8:00am (corrected time)
Description: Poll workers insisted on photo ID, voter provided ID but insisted she did not have to, poll workers said it was the law and had to have photo ID to vote.
State Not Listed 7:58am (corrected time)
Description: Voter stated polling place was asking for ID when not supposed to. Voter was upset, but not prevented from voting
State not listed 7:58am (corrected time)
Description: Voter was asked for ID, voter said it was not required, poll worker agreed but still asked for ID. Caller concerned poll workers inquiries may intimidate uneducated voters.
State not listed 7:53am (corrected time)
Description: Registered voter told she was not registered at the polling place, workers asked for photo ID.
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