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4/14/2014

The state of North Carolina has promised to provide free IDs to those in need, but to obtain them, prospective voters, who must be registered in the state, have to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and provide documents to verify their identity (with a birth certificate, passport or Social Security card) and their residence in the state (with a utility or cable bill, housing lease or school records). 

Voters cannot be turned away from the polls for not having a proper ID until 2016, but poll workers will begin to ask for it starting this year. ...

To that end, several organizations, led by the good-governance group Democracy North Carolina, have banded together to launch Operation Jumpstart the Vote, a primarily volunteer-fueled effort to make sure that voters around the state are aware of the changes. 

“We’re not focusing too much on policy at the moment. We recognize that’s not necessarily the most valuable,” said Ron Garcia-Fogarty, who is spearheading the effort for Democracy North Carolina. “We’re dealing with a lot of misinformation and a lot of confusion.”

Garcia-Fogarty said the initiative is focusing on extensive on-the-ground work, like hosting voter registration drives, canvassing, appearing at community meetings and working with faith-based organizations publicize the law. The effort has enlisted 960 volunteers in 61 counties since the law passed and distributed 300,000 wallet cards that outline the changes.

4/12/2014

Changes in how voter identification is required in North Dakota are most likely to affect college students, residents in long-term care facilities and people who have moved recently. ...

[I]f someone has moved, he or she needs to get the ID updated with the correct, new address 30 days prior to voting, said Casey Bradley, Stutsman County auditor/chief operating officer.

Two groups of people have alternative options to having a valid North Dakota identification, but the alternatives do require some advance planning.

College students can get student identification certificates from their institutions, which would include name, current and previous address, date of birth, signature and date signed.

People living in long-term care facilities can get identification certificates from their facilities, which also include name, current and previous address, date of birth, signature and date signed. These certificates may also include a witness signature.

Both types of certificates need to be issued by the institution before residents can fill them out, bring them to the polls on June 10 and turn them in to be entered as a voter.

4/9/2014

The rules state that if an absentee voter fails to submit a copy of his or her identification with an absentee ballot, as required under Act 595 of 2013, the ballot should be treated as a provisional ballot and the voter should be given until noon on the Monday following the election to submit ID and have the ballot counted.

The rules go next to the Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council for review.

4/8/2014

As of April 3, 608 people had been issued free IDs, election officials said. About 15 to 20 people have used the free transportation offered to get voters to offices providing the ID.

The state has spent about $400,000 to implement and publicize the law via an ad campaign and about 1.5 million pamphlets. Hosemann said he has met with religious leaders — whom he called critical to outreach efforts — as well as officials from political parties and members of the state black caucus.

His office has trained 105 poll workers and will continue training through May.

For months, Elmus Stockstill, the circuit clerk in Leflore County, has been making presentations at local community groups and churches. Stockstill said it’s particularly important that poll workers understand the law and know it shouldn’t be used as a form of intimidation.

“The more training we have the more they’re able to make sure that people be treated fair at the polls,” he said.

4/7/2014

This year marks the last major electoral cycle before a law mandating a photo ID at the polls is scheduled to go into effect for the 2016 election year. ...

More than 800 volunteers, under the banner of Operation Jumpstart, have fanned out across North Carolina to make sure voters realize that whether or not they have a photo ID won’t prevent them from voting in the May 6 primary and Nov. 4 general election. Operation Jumpstart is being coordinated by the Durham-based group Democracy North Carolina.

Mengert, a small businessman who operates the email and information technology firm Tekmar Solutions Inc. based in Greensboro, said Guilford County volunteers want to maximize the turnout of voters this spring and fall.

“Voting is a basic right, and we feel like there’s a need for greater education and greater communication with the whole of the voting population,” Mengert told The High Point Enterprise.

Local volunteers, including those in High Point, will register people to vote this year and make sure that citizens know what’s involved with casting a ballot, Mengert said.

“We see it as an ongoing effort for every election,” he said.

4/5/2014

Residents with driver licenses or non-driver ID will be able to present their ID when they vote and will not need a new photo voter ID which can only be used specifically to vote. You must be a registered voter in order to obtain a free Alabama photo voter ID card. ...

To receive a free Alabama Photo Voter ID card, a voter must show one of the following:

* A photo ID document or a non-photo identity document can be used if it contains your full legal name and date of birth.

*  Documentation showing the voter’s birth date.

*  Documentation showing the person is a registered voter.

*  Documentation showing the voter’s name and address as reflected in the voter registration record.

The last two items must be verified to receive the free ID card by checking the voter's record in the statewide voter registration system.

The following non-photo ID documents can be used to obtain a free voter ID card: birth certificate, hospital or nursing home record, marriage record, state or federal Census record, military record, Medicare or Medicaid document, Social Security Administration document, certificate of citizenship and official school record or transcript. All must contain full legal name and birth.

The Alabama Department of Public Health will provide free birth or marriage certificate to the processing or issuing agent when a voter needs one of these documents in order to obtain a free Alabama photo voter ID card. This certificate is for voting purposes only, is provided electronically and won’t be used for any other purpose.

You may simultaneously register to vote and apply for a free Alabama photo voter ID card if there is no issue with your registration at your local Board of Registrars office. If a voter is applying for a non-driver ID card, the voter will sign the application stating he or she is an Alabama elector.

4/3/2014

In a report released Wednesday, North Carolina’s elections board said it had found 35,570 people who voted in the state in 2012 and whose names and dates of birth match those of voters in other states. The board said it also found 765 North Carolinians who voted in 2012 and whose names, birthdates, and last four digits of their Social Security number match those of people in other states. The board said it’s looking into all these cases to determine whether people voted twice. ...

The political scientist Michael McDonald and election law scholar Justin Levitt have shown in a detailed statistical study [http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=997888] that the number of people who share a name and birthdate is much higher than it might at first appear. ...

Even here, though, there are plenty of explanations beyond deliberate fraud. Election experts point to the high frequency of data errors by poll-workers, a possibility that doubles, of course, when matching voters across two states. ...

Still, North Carolina’s findings may highlight a less spectacular flaw in our voting system: the awful state of our voter rolls, which contain numerous duplicates, deceased voters, and voters who have since moved out of state. A recent bipartisan presidential report called for an aggressive effort to clean up the rolls.

4/2/2014

By Kathleen Unger and Steven Kamp

 

Make sure your vote counts. Prepare for your next Election Day – effective immediately.

In 34 states you need an acceptable form of identification to vote. Now in four states, you need proof of citizenship to even register to vote.

A judge ruled on March 19 that the federal government cannot deny a state’s requirement that registering voters submit proof of their citizenship. While the court's decision was in response to the lawsuit brought by Kansas and Arizona, it applies initially as well to Alabama and Georgia, which have also passed similar laws. This decision is "effective immediately," although it will likely be appealed all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

More states are passing increasingly restrictive voter ID and registration laws. VoteRiders, a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the only organization that focuses exclusively on voter ID. We provide resources and marketing support to local Partner Organizations and trained volunteers who assist citizens to obtain the documents required by their state's new voter ID law – and, now, their state’s proof-of-citizenship registration law.

You want to do something about this, you say? If you know someone in a voter ID state who may need ID, direct them to VoteRiders for help. If you live in one of VoteRiders’ current, target voter ID states – AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, IN, KS, MS, NC, NH, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA – contact VoteRiders to learn how to become a volunteer Voter Advocate or Attorney Voter Advocate.

Below are the proof-of-citizenship requirements for Kansas and Arizona. Don't get left behind! 


KANSAS. Any person registering to vote in Kansas for the first time will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of United States citizenship. Individuals registered to vote in Kansas as of January 1, 2013, are deemed to have submitted proof of citizenship and are exempt from the requirement as long as they remain on the voter registration list. Moving from one place to another within Kansas or modifying one's registration records does not require the person to re-submit proof of citizenship.

The following is a partial list of acceptable documents:

  • Birth certificate that verifies U.S. citizenship
  • U.S. passport (may be expired)
  • U.S. naturalization documents or the number of the certificate of naturalization
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs card number, tribal treaty number or tribal enrollment number
  • U.S. hospital record of birth indicating place of birth in the U.S.
  • U.S. military record of service showing the applicant’s name and U.S. birthplace

ARIZONA.  If this is your first time registering to vote in Arizona or you have moved to another county in Arizona, your voter registration form must also include proof of citizenship. If you have an Arizona driver license or non-operating identification issued after October 1, 1996, write the number in box 9 on the front of the Arizona Voter Registration form. If not, you must attach proof of citizenship to the form. If you are registered in Arizona and use the registration form because you move within a county, change your name, or change your political party affiliation, you do not need to provide photocopies of proof of citizenship.

The following is a list of acceptable documents to establish your citizenship:

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (e.g., marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name
  • A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of your passport
  • Presentation to the County Recorder of U.S. naturalization documents or fill in your Alien Registration Number in box 11
  • Your Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or Tribal Enrollment Number in box 10
  • A legible photocopy of your Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth

Don't despair, and don't delay. Contact VoteRiders if you or someone you know needs help securing a voter ID or proof of citizenship, or if you want to help stem the tide of disenfranchisement as a result of these voter ID and registration laws.

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