Louisiana

State of Louisiana Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                    Deadline to register to vote via mail or in person
  • October 15                  Deadline to register to vote via the online portal
  • October 18                  First day of early voting
  • October 29                  Last day of early voting
  • November 1                Deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • November 4                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
  • November 5                Election Day

 

To register to vote in Louisiana, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen,
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age on Election Day (17 years olds can register to vote, and 16 year olds can register if registering in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles)
  • Be a resident of Louisiana, and a resident of the parish in which you want to vote.
  • Must not be serving a sentence of imprisonment due to a felony conviction
  • Must not be subject to a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of your voting rights.

 

How to register to vote:

  • Online: Registering to vote or changing your registration is easy using the GeauxVote Online Registration System.
  • In person: Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters Office or in one of the following locations: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles; Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services; WIC offices; food stamp offices; Medicaid offices; offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or Armed Forces recruitment offices.
  • By mail: Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application, completing it and mailing it to your local Registrar of Voters Office. Please note that the list of offices for registrars of voters is also included on the form. You may also register by using a National Mail Voter Registration Form.

 

Voter ID Requirements

Each voter is required to identify themselves by giving their name and address to a commissioner and by presenting a photo ID, including one of the following:

  • a driver’s license
  • a Louisiana Special ID
  • LA Wallet digital driver’s license
  • a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture
  • some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.

If you do not have a driver’s license, Louisiana Special ID, a United States military identification card that contains your name and picture or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit.

You may get a free Louisiana Special ID at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card. If you have misplaced your voter information card, contact your registrar of voters for a new one or print your own by logging into the Louisiana Voter Portal through the “Search by Voter” option.

Visit VoteRiders for more information about voter ID requirements in Louisiana.

 

Early In-Person Voting

You do not need a reason to vote early! All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on election day. Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at designated locations in the their parish.

For a detailed list of early voting locations in your parish, login to the voter portal. For a complete list of early voting locations for the entire state, please refer to early voting locations.

 

Absentee Voting

Louisiana voters may only vote absentee if they provide an accepted reason. Click here to learn about accepted excuses. You can submit an application requesting an absentee ballot through our online system, or you may print an application and deliver it to your registrar of voters via mail, fax, or hand delivery. It is recommended that if you are going to request an absentee ballot, that you apply as soon as possible, as there is no start date to apply.

If you registered to vote online or by mail and you have not previously voted in the parish, you are not eligible to vote absentee and must vote in person the first time, either during early voting or on election day. Exceptions include:

  • military or overseas citizens;
  • senior citizens (65+);
  • people who are homebound because of a disability;
  • students, who submit a copy of student ID or fee bill with the request;
  • citizens who appear in the registrar of voters office before the election to verify identity; and
  • participants in the state’s address confidentiality program.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Louisiana

Federally recognized tribes

  • Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe
  • Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
  • Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

State recognized tribes

  • Addai Caddo Tribe
  • Bayou Lafourche Band of Biloxi-Chitimache Confederation of Muskogees
  • Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb
  • Clifton-Choctaw
  • Four Winds Tribe, Louisiana Cherokee Confederacy
  • Grand Caillou/Dulac Band
  • Isle de Jean Charles Band
  • Louisiana Choctaw Tribe
  • Pointe-au-Chien Tribe
  • United Houma Nation

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

 

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Katie Bernhardt
www.louisianademocrats.org

Republican
Chairman, Louis Gurvich
www.la.gop

Texas

State of Texas Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                    Deadline to register to vote
  • October 21                  First day of early voting
  • October 25                  Deadline to apply for an absentee vote by mail ballot
  • November 1                 Last day of early voting
  • November 5                Election Day
  • November 6                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee vote by mail ballot at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day

 

To register to vote in Texas, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of the county where you submit the application
  • Be 18 years of age on Election Day
  • Not be a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole)
  • Not have been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote

 

How to register to vote:

  • Complete an application using the SOS ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION. Simply fill in the required information, print, sign and mail the completed application directly to your county election office
  • Request a PRINTED APPLICATION. Our office will mail a postage-paid voter registration application to the address provided
  • Contact or visit your local VOTER REGISTRAR to complete the voter registration process.
  • You can register to vote online when renewing, replacing or changing your contact information for either of these cards through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

 

Voter ID Requirements

Under Texas law, voters who possess one of the following seven acceptable forms of photo ID,  that is no more than four years expired (if you are over 70, the ID can be expired for any length of time) must present that ID at the polls when voting in person:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport

Voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven approved forms of photo ID may fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID) (PDF) at the polls and present one of the following alternative forms of ID:

  • copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate
  • copy of or original current utility bill
  • copy of or original bank statement
  • copy of or original government check
  • copy of or original paycheck
  • copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Texas.

 

Early Voting

You do not have to meet any special qualifications to vote early in person – if you are registered and qualified to vote on Election Day, you can also cast a ballot during the early voting period.

 

Absentee Voting

Voting by mail in Texas is limited to voters who are:

  • 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Sick or disabled
  • Expecting to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day
  • Absent from the county of registration during the Early Voting period and on Election Day
  • Confined in Jail or Involuntary Civil Commitment

You can get a formal application for a ballot by mail (ABBM) from:

To vote by mail, you must provide ONE of the following numbers on your ABBM: (1) Texas Driver’s License, Texas Personal Identification Number or Election Identification Certificate Number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (NOT your voter registration VUID number); OR (2) If you have not been issued one of the numbers above, the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.

If you have not been issued a Texas Driver’s License, Texas Personal Identification Number or Texas Election Identification Certificate Number or a Social Security Number, you must indicate so by checking the appropriate box on the ABBM.

Address your application to the Early Voting Clerk. Applications mailed to an address other than the Early Voting Clerk may be rejected.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Texas

Federally Recognized Tribes

  • Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
  • Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas
  • Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

State Recognized Tribes

  • None

 

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator

 

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Gilberto Hinjosa
www.texasdemocrats.org

Republican
Chair, Matt Rinaldi
www.texasgop.org 

Arkansas

State of Arkansas Voting & Elections

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                   Deadline to postmark voter registration or to deliver it in person
  • October 21                  First day of early voting
  • October 29                 Deadline to submit absentee ballot request via mail or electronic means
  • November 1                Deadline to submit absentee ballot request in person
  • November 1                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot in person
  • November 4                Last day of early voting
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot via mail
  • November 5                Election Day

 

To register to vote in Arkansas, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be an Arkansas resident.
  • Be age 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election.
  • Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned.
  • Not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.

 

How to register to vote:

You must fill out a paper voter registration application. Print out the Voter Registration Application or fill out the online form to Request an application through the mail (USPS), then mail your ballot in to the address provided on the ballot.

  • Once your local county clerk has processed your Voter Registration Application, he/she will send you a personalized voter registration card. This could take up to several weeks.
  • Never assume you are registered to vote until you have received your voter registration card from the county clerk.
  • Feel free to call your county clerk and inquire about the status of your application.
  • You may also check your voter registration status online by visiting www.voterview.org

If you are registering to vote by mail: You must provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or check the box in #9 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number.

 

Voter ID Requirements

Each voter shall verify his or her registration when voting by presenting a document or identification card that:

  1. Shows the name of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued;
  2. Shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued;
  3. Is issued by the United States, the State of Arkansas, or an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas; and
  4. If displaying an expiration date, is not expired or expired no more than four (4) years before the date of the election in which the voter seeks to vote.

Documents and identification cards that will be accepted as verification of voter registration include without limitation:

  • A driver’s license
  • A photo identification card
  • A concealed handgun carry license; A United States passport; An employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecondary education institution in the State of Arkansas
  • A United States military identification document
  • A public assistance identification card if the card shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued
  • A voter verification card as provided by the county clerk’s office.

Voters unable to verify registration when voting in person shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots cast in this manner will be counted if:

  • The voter returns to the county board of election commissioners or the county clerk by 12:00 noon on the Monday following the election and presents a document or identification card meeting the requirements described above, and the county board of election commissioners does not determine that the provisional ballot is invalid and should not be counted based on other grounds.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Arkansas.

 

Early Voting

Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may early vote during the 7 or 15 days prior to Election Day.

In most counties, early voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office.

In counties with off-site early voting (a location other than the county clerk’s office), local newspapers will publish the designated sites.

During a presidential primary or a general election, early voting is available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, ending at 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election. Off-site early voting hours may vary by county; watch your local newspaper or contact your county clerk for information.

During all other elections, early voting is available during your county clerk’s regular office hours.

If your name or address has changed, you may update your information at the early voting site.

 

Absentee Voting

To be qualified to vote an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day, OR
  • You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability, OR
  • You are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member and are away from your polling location due to the member’s active duty status, OR
  • A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.

To request an absentee ballot:

  • Option 1: Request to have an absentee ballot application sent to you by contacting your county clerk in the county where you are registered to vote.
  • Option 2: click here to download and complete an absentee ballot application, then return this application to the county clerk in the county where you are registered to vote. 

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Arkansas

Federally recognized tribes

  • None

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chairman, Grant Tennille
www.arkdemsdev.org

Republican
Chairman, Joseph K. Wood
www.arkansasgop.org

Nebraska

Elections & Voting in Nebraska

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                    First day of early in-person absentee voting
  • October                   Postmark deadline for mailed-in voter registrations
  • October 18                  Deadline for online and DMV voter registration
  • October 25                  Deadline for in-person voter registration (no same-day registration)
  • October 25                  Deadline to apply for absentee ballot
  • November 4                Last day of early in-person absentee voting
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
  • November 5                Election day

 

To register to vote in Nebraska, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or will be 18 on or before the Election Day of this year
  • Be a resident of Nebraska and the county where you are registering
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Not be found mentally competent by a court
  • If you have been convicted of a felony, either in Nebraska or another state or in federal court, you cannot register to vote until two years after the completion of your sentence including any probation or parole term.

 

How to register to vote:

  • Complete an online voter registration at NEReg2Vote. This application is available 24/7 and accessible by computer as well as mobile devices.  You will need your Nebraska driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
  • You may register in person at your county election office. You do not need to bring anything with you to register to vote at the county election office.
  • You may register in person through the state Department of Motor Vehicles when applying for or renewing your driver’s license. Additionally, you can complete an online voter registration through the DMV when you renew or order a duplicate driver’s license.
  • You may also register through the state Department of Health and Human Services and State Department of Education at the time of application, review or change of address in connection with public programs.
  • An online voter registration application can be printed for your use. If you utilize a written voter application, you will be asked to submit proof of your current address (a copy of your utility bill, bank statement, etc.) as well as sign the application. You must mail your application to your county election office. Addresses for the offices are listed on the form.

 

Voter ID Requirements

Beginning May 2024, voter ID will be required in Nebraska. IDs must have the voter’s name and photo. IDs can be expired. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Nebraska driver’s license or state ID
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Hospital, assisted living, or nursing home record
  • Nebraska political subdivision (state, county, city, school, etc.)
  • Nebraska college or university ID

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Nebraska.

 

Absentee Voting

Nebraska is a “no-excuse” state, meaning any registered voter may request an early-voting (absentee) ballot, and is not required to provide a reason.

You can apply for an early-voting (absentee) ballot by contacting your county election office by mail or by fax. You can print an online early voting application, complete the form, and then mail, fax or scan/take a picture of your application and email it to your county election office. The last day for an early-voting application to be received is 6 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the election.

 

Early In-Person Voting

You can vote early in-person at your county election office for a period prior to an election (30 days prior to a primary or general election and 15 days for all other elections). The day before the election is the last day to vote early in person.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Nebraska

Federally recognized tribes

  • Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
  • Santee Sioux Nation, Nebraska
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
  • Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

State recognized tribes

  • None

 

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

 

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Jane Kleeb
www.nebraskademocrats.org

 

Republican
Chair, Eric Underwood
www.ne.gop

Missouri

State of Missouri Elections & Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 9                    Deadline to register to vote/postmark registration forms
  • October 23                  Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot by-mail requests
  • November 4                Last day of early in-person absentee voting
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballots
  • November 5                Election Day

 

To be eligible to vote in Missouri, you must be:

  • Must be 17 ½ years of age to register, 18 years of age to vote
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be a Missouri resident
  • Must be registered to vote in the district in which you reside
  • Cannot be imprisoned
  • Cannot be on probation or parole after conviction of a felony
  • Cannot have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected to voting
  • Cannot have been declared incapacitated

 

How to register to vote:

 

Voter ID Requirements

Show one of the forms of acceptable identification and sign the poll book to obtain your ballot:

  • A nonexpired Missouri driver or non-driver license
  • A nonexpired military ID, including a veteran’s ID card
  • A nonexpired United States passport
  • Another photo ID issued by the United States or the state of Missouri which is either not expired or expired after the date of the most recent general election.

If you do not possess any of these forms of identification, but are a registered voter, you may cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if: (1) you return to your polling place on Election Day with a photo ID; or (2) the signature on your provisional ballot envelope is determined by your local election authority to match the signature on your voter registration record.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Missouri.

 

In-Person Early (Absentee) Voting

During the two weeks prior to the election, you may vote a no-excuse absentee ballot in person at a location designated by your local election authority. When voting an absentee ballot in person, you must show an acceptable form of photo ID.

 

Absentee Voting

You can request a mail-in absentee ballot if you are unable to vote on Election Day due to:

  1. Absence from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which you are registered to vote
  2. Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability on election day, including a person who is primary responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability and resides at the same address
  3. Religious belief or practice
  4. Employment as an election authority or by an election authority at a location other than your polling place, a first responder, a health care worker, or a member of law enforcement
  5. Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained
  6. Certified participation in the address confidentiality program

Voters can request absentee ballots from their local election authority in person, by mail, by fax or by e-mail. Each application should be mailed or hand-delivered to the local election authority of the jurisdiction in which you are registered. The application needs to be in writing and needs to give the following information:

  1. name
  2. voter registration address
  3. reason for voting absentee
  4. the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, if requested
  5. which party’s ballot is requested, if a primary election.

Voters requesting an absentee ballot by mail who have registered by mail and have not voted in person are required to submit a copy of their personal identification unless they provided a copy with their registration application.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Missouri

Federally recognized tribes

  • Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

State recognized tribes

  • None

 

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

 

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Russ Carnahan
www.missouridemocrats.org

 

Republican
Chairman, Nick Myers
www.missouri.gop

Kansas

State of Kansas Elections and Voting  

Election Day is November 5

  • October 15                  Deadline to postmark or submit online your voter registration
  • October 16                  First day of advance voting in person
  • October 29                  Deadline to request an advance vote by mail ballot
  • November 4                Last day of advance voting in person
  • November 5                Election Day
  • November 8                Deadline for by-mail ballot that were postmarked by November 5 to be received

 

To register to vote in Kansas, you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Reside in Kansas
  • Be 18 years old by election day
  • Not be currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction*

*A federal or state felony conviction results in the loss of voting rights until the terms of the felony sentence is complete. If on probation or parole, a sentence is not considered complete until your probation or parole is finished. Individuals who lose their voting rights due to a felony conviction may re-register to vote upon completion of their sentence

 

How to register to vote:

  • Register online: requires a valid Kansas driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card
  • Register via mail: print, complete, and sign the Kansas Voter Registration Application (Spanish) and mail it to your local election authority (a list of addresses is included on the form).

 

Voter ID Requirements

State law requires Kansas voters to show photographic identification when casting a vote in person. If the photo ID has an expiration date on it, the ID must not have expired at the time of voting. An acceptable photo ID does not have to have an expiration date on the document in order to be valid.

The following documents may be used to meet photo ID requirements for voting:

  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by Kansas or another state
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military ID
  • ID card issued by a Native American tribe
  • Employee badge or ID issued by a government office
  • Student ID card from an accredited postsecondary education institution in Kansas
  • Concealed carry license issued by Kansas or another state
  • Public assistance ID card issued by a government office

Exemptions from photo ID requirements exist for: permanent advance voters (voters with illness or disabilities); military and overseas voters and their spouses and dependents; and voter with religious objections who sign a Declaration of Religious Objection (Form DRO (Español)). Voters age 65 or older may use an expired photo ID.

Registered voters who do not have an approved government-issued photo ID and would like one to vote may apply for a free nondriver identification card with the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles. To get a free photo ID, individual must fill out a Form DE-VID1 (Certification Requesting Fee Waiver for Nondriver Identification Card) (Español). This form is available at all driver’s licenses offices, all county election offices and online.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Kansas.

 

Advance Voting – In Person

Kansas allows voters to advance vote in person at county election offices or satellite voting locations up to 20 days before an election. For the 2024 election, counties may begin in-person advancing voting on July 17 for the primary election and October 16 for the general election. The deadline for in-person advance voting is 12:00 p.m. August 5, 2024 for the primary election and 12:00 p.m. November 4, 2024 for the general election. Voters are encouraged to contact their local election office to confirm advance voting dates and locations for their respective county. The Secretary of State’s office will also provide this information in July and October prior to each election. To find the locations and hours of advance voting locations, search the list of county election offices.

 

Advance Voting by Mail

Advance voting by mail has been allowed to all Kansas voters since 1996. You do not need an excuse to advance vote by mail ballot. However, you do need to apply to have an advanced by mail ballot mailed to you for each election as they are NOT mandatory and are sent to voters by county election offices only at the request of the voter.

To apply for a vote by mail ballot, print, complete, and sign the Application for Advance Ballot by Mail and mail it to your local election authority (a list of addresses is included on the form).

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Kansas

Federally recognized tribes

  • Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
  • Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
  • Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Jeanna Repass
www.ksdp.org

Republican
Chair, Mike Brown
www.kansas.gop

Iowa

State of Iowa Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 16                  First day of in-person absentee (early) voting
  • October 21                  Deadline for pre-registration to vote (same day registration is allowed on Election Day at the polls)
  • October 21                  Deadline to request absentee ballot
  • November 4                Last day of in-person absentee (early) voting
  • November 5                Deadline for absentee ballots to be received
  • November 5                Election Day

*Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CT. Absentee ballots must be received in your county auditor’s office prior to 8:00 PM CT on Election Day.

 

To register to vote in Iowa, you must:

  1. Must be at least 17 years old. A person may vote if they will be 18 years old on or before election day. In the case of primary elections, a person may vote if they will be 18 years old on or before the corresponding regular election
  2. Must be a United States Citizen
  3. Must be an Iowa resident
  4. Cannot be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored by the Governor, including through Executive Order, after a felony convictionfor more information visit RestoreYourVote.Iowa.Gov)
  5. Cannot be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
  6. Cannot claim the right to vote in any other place

 

How to register to vote:

  • In person: You may register at the county auditor’s office. If you don’t know where that is, click here to find your county auditor. When pre-registering to vote at your county auditor’s office, you’ll need either your driver’s license, non-operator ID, or to know the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • Online: You may register or update your registration online if you have an Iowa driver’s license or Iowa non-operator ID AND the last FIVE digits of your Social Security Number. Registrations submitted online must be completed at or before 11:59 p.m. CT fifteen days prior to the election.
  • By mail: You may complete the Iowa Voter Registration Form and mail it to your county auditor. Completed voter registrations may be mailed to your county auditor and must be received by 5:00 p.m. CT or postmarked fifteen days prior to the election.
  • Same day registration at the polls: If you are not registered to vote in the county where you live, you may go to your correct polling place and register on Election Day. You must provide acceptable proof of identity and current residence in the precinct. Proof of residence documents may be in an electronic format or on paper. If you do not have sufficient documentation, another registered voter who lives in the same precinct may attest to your identity and residence.

 

Voter ID Requirements

Precinct election officials are required to ask voters registered in the county to show one of the valid forms of identification:

  • Iowa Driver’s License (not expired more than 90 days)
  • Iowa Non-Operator’s ID (not expired more than 90 days)
  • U.S. Passport (not expired)
  • U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID (not expired)
  • Iowa Voter ID PIN card (must be signed)
  • Tribal ID Card/Document (must be signed, with photo, not expired)

An Iowa Voter Identification Card is provided automatically by the county auditor to each voter who does not have either an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID. Any voter may request an Iowa Voter ID Card by contacting their county auditor’s office.

A voter without one of the above forms of ID may have the voter’s identity attested to by another registered voter in the precinct or may prove identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Iowa.

 

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may choose to vote absentee by mail or in-person in Iowa. You must be registered to vote and complete an absentee ballot request form and return the original, signed form to your county auditor. Download an absentee ballot request form. Learn how to request an absentee ballot by mail. The request form does not need to be witnessed or notarized.

After receiving your request form, the county auditor will mail you a ballot.  Absentee ballots received in the county auditor’s office by the time the polls close on election day are eligible for counting.

Voted absentee ballots cannot be delivered to the polling place on election day. If you have not returned your absentee ballot on election day, you have the following options:

  1. Deliver your voted absentee ballot to the county auditor’s office before the polls close on election day,
  2. Surrender your voted absentee ballot at the polls and vote a regular ballot, or
  3. Vote a provisional ballot at the polls if you cannot surrender your voted absentee ballot.

 

Early In-Person Voting

In-person absentee voting is available beginning 20 days prior to the election and runs up to 5 p.m. the day prior to the election. You can vote in your county auditor’s office or at an appropriate satellite location, if available.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Iowa

Federally recognized tribes

  • Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinator(s):

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Rita Hart
Native American Caucus Chair, Sarah Young Bear-Brown
www.iowademocrats.org

Republican
Chair, Jeff Kaufmann
www.iowagop.org

West Virginia

State of West Virginia Elections & Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 15                  Deadline to register to vote
  • October 23                  First day of early voting
  • October 30                  Deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • November 2                Last day of early voting
  • November 4                Deadline to return absentee ballots by hand
  • November 5                Deadline to postmark absentee ballots (if received by November 12)
  • November 5                Election Day

 

To register to vote in West Virginia, you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • You must be 18 by the next general election. 17 year olds may register and vote in primary elections if they turn 18 before the next general election.
  • Not be ruled mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • Not be serving a sentence for a felony, treason, or bribery in an election*

*Once the felony conviction sentence, which includes any period of incarceration, parole and probation, sis fully served, he/she may re-register to vote and participate in the next West Virginia election. For information about re-registering to vote after you complete your sentence, check out our Felon Voting Rights brochure.

 

How to register to vote:

  • Online: Visit West Virginia’s Online Voter Registration Website (you must have a West Virginia driver’s license or ID card number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number)
  • By mail: You may download and complete the West Virginia Voter Registration Application and mail it to your County Clerk or the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • In person: You may register to vote in person at any of the following locations:
    • Your County Clerk’s Office
    • The Secretary of State’s Office
    • The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
    • Public assistance offices
    • Agencies who serve people with disabilities
    • Marriage license offices
    • Military recruiting agencies

 

Voter Registration ID Requirements

If you are registering to vote for the first time in West Virginia or your county, and you have not voted in a federal election in this state, you must show a valid ID with your application or the first time you vote. If you mail your application, you may send a copy of a valid ID. We accept the following documents that show your current name and address:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Any other official government document

 

Voter ID Requirements

West Virginia voters must show an approved form of identification at the polls during early voting or on election day. All forms of ID must be valid and not expired.

  • Acceptable Forms of Non-Photo Identification:
    • Voter registration card
    • Medicare card or Social Security card
    • Birth certificate
    • WV hunting or fishing license
    • WV SNAP ID card
    • WV TANF program ID card
    • WV Medicaid ID card
    • Bank or debit card
    • Utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election
    • Health insurance card issued to the voter
    • Any document issued by the WV or US government that displays the voter’s name
    • Any document issued by the state of WV or U.S. government containing voter’s name, including a WV driver’s license, passport, U.S. or WV government employee ID or military ID
  • Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification:
    • Driver’s license
    • Student ID card
    • A concealed carry (pistol/revolver) permit

Exceptions to the voter ID requirements:

  • Exception 1: Signed, Sworn Statement by an Adult who has Known the Voter for 6 Months or More
  • Exception 2: A Poll Worker Knows the Voter
  • Exception 3: Residents of State Care Facilities if the resident’s polling place is located at the care facility.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in West Virginia.

 

Absentee Voting

Eligibility to vote absentee in West Virginia requires two basic criteria: (1) confinement or not being present in the county during in-person voting, and (2) a permitted reason/excuse.

Permitted Reasons and Excuses to Vote Absentee by Mail:

  • Illness, injury or other medical reason (includes confinement due to COVID-19*)
  • Immobility due to a disability or “extreme advanced age” (this term is undefined in law; immobilized voters must self-identify)
  • Incarceration or home detention (does not include individuals serving a sentence following conviction of a felony, treason, or election bribery)
  • Work hours and distance from county seat
  • Inaccessible early voting site and polling place
  • Personal or business travel
  • Attendance at college or other place of education or training
  • Temporary residence outside of the county
  • Service as an elected or appointed state or federal official

The absentee ballot application must be received in your county clerk’s office by the 6th day before each election. Applications may be submitted to your county clerk via fax, U.S. mail, email, or in-person by hand delivery.

If your first time voting will be absentee by mail, you must send a copy of one of the forms of valid ID listed below with your ballot:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Any other official government document

 

Early In-Person Voting

Beginning on the 13th day and continuing through the third day before the election, voter may vote an early ballot at the county courthouse, an annex, or a designated community voting location during normal business hours; additionally, early voting must be conducted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the last 2 Saturdays before the General Election.

Please contact your County Clerk to confirm Early Voting hours and locations.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in West Virginia

Federally recognized tribes

  • None

State recognized tribes

  • None

 

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

 

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Mike Pushkin
www.wvdems.org

 

Republican
Chair, Matt Herridge
www.wvgop.org

Virginia

State of Virginia Elections and Voting   

Election Day is November 5

  • September 20              First day of early in-person voting at your local registrar’s office
  • October 15                    Deadline to register to vote
  • October 25                   Deadline to request an absentee ballot (Your request must be received by your local voter registration office by 5:00 p.m.)
  • October 26                  Voter registration offices open for early voting
  • November 2                Last day of early in-person voting
  • November 5                Election Day

 

To register to vote in Virginia, you must:

  • Be a resident of Virginia
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be 18 years old by the general election (if you are 16 you can preregister to vote, and if you are 17, you can still register and vote in elections if you will be 18 on or before the next general election).
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored

 

How to register to vote:

  • Online at the Virginia Department of Elections portal (must have a valid Virginia DMV driver’s license or state ID card)
  • In person at your local voter registration office
  • Print out the registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your local registrar.
  • Obtain a voter registration form from State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services, armed forces recruitment offices, public libraries, the Virginia department of Elections office, or the DMV, and mail or hand deliver to your local registrar.

Same Day registration is only available:

  • in-person at the general registrar’s office for your locality
  • at your satellite early voting site during the early voting period
  • at your precinct on Election Day.

 

Voter ID Requirements

Voters may provide either an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement at the polls. Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Virginia driver’s license or DMV-issued ID card (may be expired)
  • Valid employee ID card containing a photograph
  • US Military ID
  • Some valid student IDs issued by a college or university, or a high school
  • Valid US Passport
  • Government-issued ID card from a federal, Virginia, or local political subdivision
  • Voter ID card issued by the Department of Elections
  • Valid tribal enrollment or other tribal ID (*must be issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized in Virginia)
  • Voter confirmation documents
  • Nursing home resident ID (if issued by a government facility)
  • Any other current government document containing the name and address of the voter
  • Signed ID Confirmation Statement

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Virginia.

 

Early In-Person Voting

Any registered voter may vote early. All general registrar offices offer early voting. Some localities may offer early voting in additional locations. Check this list for dates and times. For all early voting and ballot dropbox information, contact the general registrar’s office.

Remember, the Saturday before Election Day is the last day to vote early.

 

Voting by Mail (Absentee Voting)

Any registered voter may request a vote by mail ballot.

Vote by mail ballots can be hand-delivered to your local registrar’s office, returned to a ballot drop-off location, or mailed. If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before election day and received by your general registrar’s office by noon on the third day following the election.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Virginia

Federally recognized tribes

  • Pamunkey Indian Tribe
  • Chickahominy Indian Tribe
  • Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division
  • Monacan Indian Nation
  • Nansemond Indian Nation
  • Rappahannock Tribe, Inc.
  • Upper Mattaponi Tribe

State recognized tribes

  • Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe
  • Mattaponi Indian Nation
  • Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia
  • Pawawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia

 

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

 

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Susan Swecker
www.vademocrats.org

 

Republican
Chair, Richard L. “Rich” Anderson
www.virginia.gop

South Carolina

State of South Carolina Elections and Voting    

Election Day is November 5

  • October 7                     Deadline to register to vote (no same-day registration)
  • October 21                   First day of early voting
  • October 25                  Deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • November 2                Last day of early voting
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
  • November 5                Election Day

 

To register to vote in South Carolina, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be 18 years old by election day
  • Be a resident of South Carolina in the county in which you are registering
  • Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • Not be confined in any public prison resulting from conviction of a crime
  • Never have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

 

How to register to vote:

If registering to vote by mail or in person, provide a copy of one of the following items:

  • Any current, valid Photo ID; or
  • A utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document showing your name and address in your county.

 

Voter ID Requirements

When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs:

  • A valid SC Driver’s License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card (includes SC Concealed Weapons Permit)
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • US Passport
  • Federal Military ID (includes all Department of Defense Photo IDs and the Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Card)

If you do not have one of these Photo IDs, you can make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting a free Photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office.

If you cannot get a photo ID, bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polling place. You may vote a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID.  This ballot will count unless someone proves to the county board of voter registration and elections that you are lying about your identity or having the listed impediment.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in South Carolina.

 

Early Voting

Any voter can visit an early voting center in their county and vote. Voters will be asked to present Photo ID when checking in to vote. Click here to find an early voting center.

 

Absentee Voting

Voters must have an accepted excuse to vote absentee by mail, including:

  • Persons with employment obligations which prevent them from voting during early voting hours for the duration of the early voting period, and during the hours the polls are open on election day.
  • Persons attending a sick or physically disabled person which prevents them from voting during early voting hours for the duration of the early voting period, and during the hours the polls are open on election day.
  • Persons confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial which prevents them from voting during early voting hours for the duration of the early voting period, and during the hours the polls are open on election day.
  • Persons who will be absent from their county of residence during early voting hours for the duration of the early voting period, and during the hours the polls are open on election day.
  • Persons with physical disabilities.
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older.
  • Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them (Learn more about procedures related to Military and Overseas Citizens).
  • Persons admitted to a hospital as an emergency patient on the day of the election or within a four-day period before the election

For information on who qualifies to vote absentee and how to request and submit an absentee ballot, click here.

Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have your signature witnessed. Anyone age 18 or older can witness your signature. A notary is not necessary. Photo ID is required when returning an absentee ballot in person.

 

Resources

 

Tribes in South Carolina

Federally recognized tribes

  • Catawba Indian Nation (aka Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina)

State recognized tribes

  • Beaver Creek Indians
  • Edisto Natchez Kusso Tribe of South Carolina
  • Pee Dee Indian Nation of Upper South Carolina
  • Pee Dee Indian Tribe
  • Piedmont American Indian Association
  • The Santee Indian Organization
  • Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians
  • The Waccamaw Indian People
  • The Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians

 

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

 

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Jamie Harrison
www.scdp.org

 

Republican
Chair, Drew McKissick
www.sc.gop/