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4/19/2014

If a registered voter does not have any of these acceptable forms of photo ID, a Mississippi Voter Identification Card will be provided at no cost to the voter at any circuit clerk’s office in Mississippi.

Q. What do I need to get a voter ID card?

A. Take any one of the following types of documents with you to the circuit clerk’s office:

• Any expired, but valid, document having the voter’s name and photograph issued by the U.S. government or any U.S. state

• A birth certificate or any other document with the voter’s full legal name, date and place of birth

• A Social Security card

• A Medicare card

• A Medicaid card

• A Mississippi Voter Registration card

• Any of the following, as long as it includes the voter’s name and current address: utility bill issued within the preceding six months; paycheck issued within the preceding six months; government check issued within the preceding six months; IRS form W-2, Wages and Tax Statement issued within the current calendar year

Q. Who qualifies for a free Mississippi Voter ID Card?

A. Any eligible voter who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID qualifies for a free Mississippi Voter ID Card.

Q. How do I get a Mississippi Voter ID Card?

A. You must first be a registered voter in Mississippi. If you need to register, call (855) 868-3745 or (844) 678-6837.

• Go to any circuit clerk’s office during regular business hours.

• Present one form of acceptable documentation.

• If you do not have any of the above-mentioned identity documents, the clerk may verify your birth information if you can provide your date of birth, the state where you were born and your mother’s maiden name.

• Complete and sign a voter ID application. Assistance will be provided, if requested.

• Have your picture taken at the circuit clerk’s office.

• Your voter ID card will be mailed to you.

• If the election is within 45 days, you will receive a receipt for your Mississippi Voter Identification Card from the circuit clerk.

The receipt may be used temporarily as your photo ID when voting.

4/18/2014

Voters will, however, have to produce some form of identification this year — only if they failed to provide it at the time they registered to vote. These forms of identification include a current and valid photo identification, a current utility bill, bank statement, a government check or paycheck or a government document that shows name and address as it appears on the application.


There is no requirement to produce any photo identification before 2016. However, workers will be asking people to verify their name and address as well as checking to see if they have one of the acceptable forms of identification. Those include an unexpired North Carolina driver license (including a learner’s permit or provisional license), an unexpired North Carolina non-operators identification car, an unexpired United States passport, a United States military identification card, a veterans identification card, tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe or a tribal enrollment card issued by a tribe recognized in North Carolina.


If the voter does not have access to any of the above forms of identification that is acceptable for purposes of voting, then the voter will be able to obtain an identification card from the Department of Motor Vehicles at no cost. This is known as the No-Fee Voter ID Card. In order to obtain this card the voter will need to sign a declaration stating that the voter does not have an acceptable form of identification.

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.

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