Why Is Voter ID Important

Article One of the US Constitution makes voting in Federal Elections a right and a privilege for all US Citizens. Under the Constitution each State is responsible for Federal Elections for their Citizens. A number of State and Federal Laws exist to define and manage voter rights, voter registration, and the voting process; including several Civil Rights Acts and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Currently, all States require Voter Registration except North Dakota, and two-thirds of the States require some form of Voter Identification before you are allowed to vote in-person. However, Voter ID is not required in a majority of States for Mail-In Ballots. The NVRA mandates Voter Registration when a Drivers License is issued and for people receiving Public Assistance.

You can vote in U.S. elections if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen; (Puerto Ricans can vote if they live in a State)
  • Meet your state’s residency requirements;
  • Are 18 years old on or before Election Day; and
  • Are registered to vote by your state’s voter registration deadline.
    • Note: Some States prevent convicted Felons and mentally disabled people from Voting.

      Requiring Voter Id for casting a ballot (in-person or mail-in) promotes election integrity and reduces voting fraud. Many Conservatives believe Progressives work against requiring Voter ID to promote fraud and control the election results in their favor.

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