Voting Policy by State

Alabama permits online voter registration. The state does not permit early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. In 2014, Alabama began requiring voters to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Alabama, see: Alabama elections, 2016

Alaska permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Early voting begins 15 days before an election. Alaska has a system for online voter registration.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Alaska, see: Alaska elections, 2016

Arizona permits online voter registration, early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Early voting begins 26 days before an election.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Arizona, see: Arizona elections, 2016

Arkansas permits early voting, but does not allow no-excuse absentee voting or online voter registration. Voters in Arkansas are required to present non-photo identification at the polls on Election Day.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Arkansas, see: Arkansas elections, 2016

California permits online voter registration, early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. In California, voters are not generally required to present photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in California, see: California elections, 2016

Colorado permits online voter registration. Colorado is one of only three states utilizing a vote-by-mail system for all elections. If voting in person, voters in Colorado are required to present a valid form of identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Colorado, see: Colorado elections, 2016

Connecticut permits online voter registration. The state does not allow no-excuse absentee voting and is one of only 14 states that do not allow any form of early voting. First-time voters in Connecticut are required to present valid forms of identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Connecticut, see: Connecticut elections, 2016

Delaware permits online voter registration but does not allow no-excuse absentee voting. Early voting is permitted for those who qualify for an absentee ballot. Voters in Delaware should be prepared to present a valid form of identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Delaware, see: Delaware elections, 2016

Florida permits no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. The state has passed legislation authorizing online voter registration, but a system has yet to be put in place. Voters in Florida must present both photo and signature identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Florida, see: Florida elections, 2016

Georgia permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Early voting takes place the week before Election Day. Voters in Georgia are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Georgia, see: Georgia elections, 2016

Hawaii permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Hawaii is one of only three states whose polls close at 6 p.m. Voters in Hawaii are required to present valid photo identification and a signature at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Hawaii, see: Hawaii elections, 2016

Idaho permits no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Voters in Idaho are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Idaho, see: Idaho elections, 2016

Illinois permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. First-time voters in Illinois who registered by mail and did not provide identification are required to do so at the polls. Identification is also required for any early voter.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Illinois, see: Illinois elections, 2016

Indiana permits online voter registration and early voting. Indiana does not, however, allow no-excuse absentee voting. Notably, Indiana is one of only three states whose polls close at 6 p.m. Voters in Indiana are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Indiana, see: Indiana elections, 2016

Iowa permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. First-time voters in Iowa may be asked to present valid identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Iowa, see: Iowa elections, 2016

Kansas permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Early voting begins 20 days before Election Day. Voters in Kansas are required to present valid photo identification at the polls each time they vote.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Kansas, see: Kansas elections, 2016

Kentucky does not permit online voter registration or no-excuse absentee voting. Early voting is available only for those who qualify for an absentee ballot. In Kentucky, if a voter is not personally known by the election officer, a valid form of identification must be presented at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Kentucky, see: Kentucky elections, 2016

Louisiana permits online voter registration and early voting. Louisiana does not, however, allow no-excuse absentee voting. Voters in Louisiana are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Louisiana, see: Louisiana elections, 2016

Maine permits no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Maine does not, however, have a system for online voter registration. No form of identification is required at the polls to vote on Election Day in Maine.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Maine, see: Maine elections, 2016

Maryland permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Most voters in Maryland do not have to present any identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Maryland, see: Maryland elections, 2016

Massachusetts permits online voter registration and early voting. Most voters in Massachusetts are not required to present a valid form of identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Massachusetts, see: Massachusetts elections, 2016

Michigan does not permit online voter registration, early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. Michigan voters are required to provide photo identification in order to receive a ballot.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Michigan, see: Michigan elections, 2016

Minnesota permits no-excuse absentee voting and online voter registration. Although Minnesota does not provide for traditional early voting, individuals can cast in-person absentee ballots. Minnesota voters are not required to provide identification in order to receive a ballot.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Minnesota, see: Minnesota elections, 2016

Mississippi does not permit online voter registration, early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. Mississippi voters are required to provide photo identification in order to receive a ballot.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Mississippi, see: Mississippi elections, 2016

Missouri permits online voter registration. The state does not, however, permit early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. Missouri voters are required to provide non-photo identification in order to receive a ballot.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Missouri, see: Missouri elections, 2016

Montana permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. The state does not, however, permit online voter registration. Montana voters are required to provide identification in order to receive a ballot.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Montana, see: Montana elections, 2016

Nebraska allows early voting and no-excuse absentee voting.Nebraska citizens can also register to vote online. Nebraska voters are not required to show identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Nebraska, see: Nebraska elections, 2016

Nevada permits online voter registration, early voting and no-excuse absentee voting.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Nevada, see: Nevada elections, 2016

New Hampshire does not permit online voter registration, early voting, or no-excuse absentee voting. Voters in New Hampshire are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in New Hampshire, see: New Hampshire elections, 2016

New Jersey permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. The state does not permit online voter registration.

For more information about the 2016 elections in New Jersey, see: New Jersey elections, 2016

New Mexico allows early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Online voter registration is also available to New Mexico voters.

For more information about the 2016 elections in New Mexico, see: New Mexico elections, 2016

New York permits online voter registration. The state does not, however, permit no-excuse early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. Voters in New York are not required to present identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in New York, see: New York elections, 2016

Voters in North Carolina are required to present photo identification at the polls. North Carolina permits no-excuse early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. The state does not, however, permit online voter registration.

For more information about the 2016 elections in North Carolina, see: North Carolina elections, 2016

North Dakota permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. North Dakota is the only state in which there is no formal registration system. North Dakota voters are required to provide some form of identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in North Dakota, see: North Dakota elections, 2016

Ohio does not permit online voter registration. It does, however, permit early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. An Ohio voter must provide some form of documentation proving his or her identity at the polls, but a photo is not required.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Ohio, see: Ohio elections, 2016

Oklahoma permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. The state does not have a system for online voter registration. Oklahoma voters are required to provide photo identification at the polls in order to vote.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Oklahoma, see: Oklahoma elections, 2016

Oregon permits online voter registration. As Oregon’s elections are done by mail only, there is no need for absentee or early voting. Oregon voters must provide identification during the registration process or they will not be allowed to vote.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Oregon, see: Oregon elections, 2016

Pennsylvania does not permit early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. The state implemented an online voter registration system in August 2015. Since Pennsylvania’s voter ID law was struck down in 2014, there are currently no identification requirements for voters in the state.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Pennsylvania, see: Pennsylvania elections, 2016

Rhode Island does not permit no-excuse absentee voting, online voter registration or early voting. Rhode Island voters are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Rhode Island, see: Rhode Island elections, 2016

South Carolina permits online voter registration and early voting. It does not permit no-excuse absentee voting. Those who qualify for an absentee ballot also qualify to vote early. Photo identification is required at the polls on Election Day.

For more information about the 2016 elections in South Carolina, see: South Carolina elections, 2016

South Dakota permits no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. It does not have a system for online voter registration. South Dakota voters are required to provide a valid form of photo identification on Election Day.

For more information about the 2016 elections in South Dakota, see: South Dakota elections, 2016

Tennessee did not permit online voter registration as of January 2015. It does, however, permit no-excuse early voting and absentee voting. If voting with an absentee ballot, the voter must meet the requirements set forth by the state. Tennessee voters must provide government-issued photo ID at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Tennessee, see: Tennessee elections, 2016

Texas permits early voting, but does not allow online voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting. Texas voters must present photo identification in order to vote on Election Day.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Texas, see: Texas elections, 2016

Utah permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Utah voters are required to provide identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Utah, see: Utah elections, 2016

Vermont permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Vermont does not allow online voter registration. A voter in Vermont is only required to present valid identification at the polls if it is his or her first time voting.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Vermont, see: Vermont elections, 2016

Virginia permits online voter registration. Virginia does not, however, allow no-excuse absentee voting or early voting. All voters in Virginia are required to present photo identification at the polls on Election Day.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Virginia, see: Virginia elections, 2016

Washington permits online voter registration. Washington is one of only three states utilizing a vote-by-mail system for all elections.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Washington, see: Washington elections, 2016

West Virginia permits online voter registration but has not yet implemented it. West Virginia also allows early voting. West Virginia does not, however, allow no-excuse absentee voting. Voters in West Virginia are not required to show identification at the polls, but first-time voters may be asked to do so.

For more information about the 2016 elections in West Virginia, see: West Virginia elections, 2016

Wisconsin permits no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. The state does not have a system for online voter registration. Voters may register by mail and Election Day registration is allowed. Voters in Wisconsin are required to present photo identification at the polls.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Wisconsin, see: Wisconsin elections, 2016

Wyoming permits no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Wyoming does not have a system for online voter registration. First-time voters in Wyoming may be asked to present valid identification at the polls, but photo ID is not necessary.

For more information about the 2016 elections in Wyoming, see: Wyoming elections, 2016http://soswy.state.wy.us/elections/Default.aspx

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