Many of the calls coming into our Problem at the Polls? hotline today (1-877-NBC-WCAU) are from people who've been asked to provide photo identification at their polling places. Here's what you need to know --
Q: Do I need an ID to vote?
A: The absolute answer is no, but there are different conditions in our three states.
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Under Pennsylvania law, ID is only required for voters showing up to a polling place for the first time. So that basically mean two groups of people:
1) new voters
2) you moved and you're voting at a different place for the first time
If you fall into one of those two categories, bring one of the following photo or non-photo IDs with you:
- Pennsylvania driver's license or PennDOT ID card
- ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
- ID issued by the US government
- US passport
- US Armed Forces ID
- Student ID
- Employee ID
Acceptable non-photo IDs include:
- Voter registration card issued by the County Voter Registration Office
- Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
- Non-photo ID issued by the US government
- Firearm permit
- Current utility bill
- Current bank statement
- Current paycheck
- Government check
New Jersey: If you've voted in the state before, you don't need an ID at the polls. If you're voting for the first time in your county and DID NOT provide and ID when you registered to vote, bring one with you. Use the list above for acceptable photo and non-photo identification.
Delaware: ID is not required, but preferred. If you bring one you'll get through the process faster. Poll workers will ask you for proof of identity. If you don't have it, you'll be asked to fill out a form before voting.
Delaware IDs can include:
- Delaware drivers license or state ID
- US passport
- Signed polling place or social security card
- Signed vehicle registration
- Signed credit card with photo
- Similar document that identifies you by photo or signature
Q: Can I be turned away if I'm supposed to show ID and don't have it?
A: No. If you show up on Election Day without an ID, you can still vote using the provisional ballot. A provisional ballot allows you to cast your vote and gets counted after the election once your voter eligibility has been verified. It is your right to ask for a provisional ballot.
No poll worker or monitor may ask about your citizenship status or require proof.