A total of 36 states have laws requiring voters to show a form of identification at the polls. The requirements for each state vary, but the communicated intent is to verify the identity of voters. The identifying information is checked against a voter database. While some view voter ID requirements as a form of voter suppression others say it is a good way to maintain voter confidence in the election process.
About the importance of voting, Allen says:
Here are 3 things you need to know about Florida’s Voter ID Laws:
3. There are voter ID alternatives. The voter ID laws are enforced during every election. If a voter does not have the ID required by the law, Florida allows some alternatives. Voters in Florida may show the following to verify their identity when they go to cast their vote:
- FL Driver’s License
- Florida ID card
- US passport
- Debit or credit card w/photo & signature
- Military ID
- Student ID
- retirement center ID
- Neighborhood association ID
- Public assistance ID
- Veteran health ID
- Concealed weapon license
- Employee ID issued by fed government, state of FL or any municipality
2. You can complete a provisional ballot. Florida voters without any of the above forms of ID are encouraged to request a provisional ballot. Once the polls close, election officials will examine provisional ballots to determine whether the voter was eligible and then determine whether to count the voter’s provisional ballot.
- Be prepared before you head to the polls:
- Verify your polling location
- Bring your voter id card
- Bring a valid form of id
- Keep your place in line
- Cast your vote
Call the national nonpartisan election protection hotline 866 – 687 -8683 if you have any issues casting your vote.