Key Talking Points

  • As of 2013, a total of 34 states have passed voter ID laws.  The remaining states have pending or no voter ID laws.  Also in 2013, a total of 30 states introduced new or renewed legislation.  This includes new voter proposals in 12 states, proposals to strengthen current voter ID laws in seven states, and other changes to current Voter ID laws in 11 states.
  • While 11 percent of all American citizens lack photo ID, a whopping 25 percent of African Americans lack photo ID. Moreover, 15 percent of those earning less than $35,000, 18 percent of citizens over 65, and 20 percent of voters ages 18-29 do not have photo ID.
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General Talking Points

  • Before the 2006 elections, no state had voter identification laws, either to register to vote or to vote at the polls on Election Day.
  • 11% of all American citizens lack photo ID and 25% of African Americans lack photo ID. Moreover, 15% of those earning less than $35,000, 18% of citizens over 65, and 20% of voters ages 18-29 lack photo ID.
  • At least 34 states have introduced laws that would require voters to show photo identification in order to vote. At least 12 states have introduced laws that would require proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, to register to vote or to vote. At least 13 states have introduced bills to end Election Day and same-day voter registration, limit voter registration mobilization efforts, and reduce other registration opportunities.
  • Photo ID laws, like the ones that have been proposed in at least 34 states, are effective only in preventing individuals from impersonating other voters at the polls.
  • The case of voter fraud is exceptionally rare and election officials usually do a very good job of protecting against fraud. Disenfranchisement of voters through antiquated voting systems, system error, and improper management databases is a far bigger problem than traditional forms of election fraud.
  • Voter ID laws are further restrictive because most types of government-issued IDs cost money and time to obtain.
  • For people on a fixed income or those who work multiple jobs, this can raise an undue barrier to obtaining identification, and can thus restrict their right to vote.
  • Laws that require government-issued identification to vote, not only come at an expense to voters, but they also come at an expense to the state.
  • In many states that require photo ID, the state government incurs the cost of providing the identification to the voters.
  • About 5.3 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of laws that prohibit voting by people with felony convictions. Felony disenfranchisement disproportionately affects African Americans, and particularly African American males, because of racial disparities in the justice system.
  • As a result, an estimated 13% of black men are unable to vote.
  • Of the 12 likely battleground states, as assessed by an August Los Angeles Times analysis of Gallup polling, five have already cut back on voting rights (and may pass additional restrictive legislation), and two more are currently considering new restrictions.

 

Voter Registration Deadlines

 

April -June:

  • April 7, 2014- Ohio- Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • April 14, 2014- Virginia- Last day to register to vote in General Election
  • April 21, 2014-Georgia-Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Primary/Nonpartisan Election and Runoff
  • April 25, 2014- Idaho- Last day to pre-register to vote in Primary Election
  • May 3, 2014- Mississippi- Voter registration deadline
  • May 6, 2014- Tennessee- Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • May 19, 2014- South Dakota- Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • May 24, 2014- Oklahoma- Last Day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • May 24, 2014- Alabama- Last Day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • June 2, 2014- Wisconsin- Last day to register vote

 

July – September:

  • July 10, 2014- Hawaii- Last day to register to vote for Primary Election
  • July 15, 2014- Kansas- Last day to register to vote for Primary Election
  • July 7, 2014- Michigan- Last day to register to vote for Primary Election
  • July 28, 2014- Florida- Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • July 28, 2014- Arizona- Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • August 7, 2014- Tennessee- Last day to register to vote in General Election
  • August 10, 2014- Alaska- Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • September 4, 2014- New Hampshire- Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • September 4, 2014- Oklahoma- Last Day to register to vote in General Election

 

October – November:

  • October 5, 2014-Pennsylvania-Voter registration ends
  • October 5, 2014- Rhode Island- Last day to register to vote in General Election
  • October 6, 2014- Georgia- Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the General Election and Runoff
  • October 6, 2014- Michigan- Last day to register to vote for General Election
  • October 6, 2014- Florida- Last day to register to vote in General Election
  • October 6, 2014- Indiana-Voter registration ends
  • October 6, 2014- Arkansas- Deadline to register to vote
  • October 6, 2014- Hawaii- Last day to register to vote for General Election
  • October 6, 2014- Arizona- Last day to register to vote in General Election
  • October 6, 2014-Ohio- Last day to register to vote for General Election
  • October 10, 2014- Idaho- Last day to pre-register to vote in General Election
  • October 10, 2014- North Carolina- Deadline to register to vote for General Election
  • October 14, 2014- Kansas- Last day to register to vote in General Election
  • October 20, 2014- South Dakota- Last day to register to vote in General  Election
  • October 25, 2014- Alabama- Last day to register to vote in General  Election
  • October 27, 2014- New Hampshire- Last day to register to vote in General Election

 

Early Voting Deadlines:

  • May 6, 2014- Tennessee- Last day to vote early in Primary Election
  • July 31, 2014- Arizona- Last day to vote early in Primary Election
  • August 5, 2014- Kansas- Advance voting ballots for Primary Election must be received in office of County Election Officer by close of polls.
  • August 7, 2014- Tennessee- Last day to vote early in General Election
  • August 23, 2014- Florida- Last day to vote early for Primary Election
  • October 9, 2014- Arizona- Last day to vote early in Primary Election
  • October 20, 2014- Arizona- Last day to vote early in General Election
  • November 1, 2014- Florida- Last day to vote early for General Election
  • November 4, 2014-Kansas- Advance voting ballots for General Election must be received in office of County Election Officer by close of polls.

 

Absentee Voting Deadlines:

  • February 21, 2014- Texas- Last day to submit ballot by mail for Primary Election
  • February 25, 2014- Virginia- Last day to submit ballot by mail for Primary Election
  • March 1, 2014- Virginia- Last day to submit ballot in-person for Primary Election

 

April -June:

  • April 28, 2014- Indiana- Deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received for the 2014 Primary Election
  • April 29, 2014- Virginia- Last day to submit ballot by mail for General Election
  • May 3, 2014- Virginia- Last day to submit ballot in-person for General Election
  • May 3, 2014- Ohio- Last day to submit ballot by mail for Primary Election
  • May 6, 2014- Tennessee- Last day to send absentee ballot in Primary Election
  • May 14, 2014- Idaho- Absentee ballot for Primary Election due by mail
  • May 16, 2014- Idaho- Absentee ballot for Primary Election due in-person
  • May 31, 2014- Mississippi- Absentee ballot due in-person
  • June 2, 2014- Mississippi- Absentee ballot due by mail
  • June 2, 2014- South Dakota- Absentee ballot due by mail
  • June 2, 2014- Alabama- Absentee ballot due by mail and in-person
  • June 6, 2014- Georgia-Applicants may complete application for Primary Election
  • June 18, 2014- Oklahoma-Applicants may complete application by mail for Primary Election
  • June 20, 2014- Oklahoma-Applicants may complete application in-person for Primary Election

 

July – September:

  • July 12, 2014- Florida- Last day to submit ballot by mail for Primary Election (international voters)
  • July 29, 2014- Florida- Last day to submit ballot by mail for Primary Election (domestic voters)
  • August 2, 2014- Hawaii- Last day to send absentee ballot in Primary Election
  • August 3, 2014-Michigan- Last day to send absentee ballot in Primary Election
  • August 7, 2014- Tennessee- Last day to send absentee ballot in General Election
  • August 21, 2014- Rhode Island- Deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received for the 2014 Primary Election
  • September 10, 2014- New Hampshire- Last day to submit ballot in-person for Primary Election
  • September 10, 2014- New Hampshire- Last day to submit ballot by mail for Primary Election
  • September 20, 2014- Florida- Last day to submit ballot by mail for General Election (international voters)

 

October – November:

  • October 7, 2014- Florida- Last day to submit ballot by mail for General Election (domestic voters)
  • October 21, 2014- Rhode Island- Deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received for the 2014 General Election
  • October 27, 2014- Indiana- Deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received for the 2014 General Election
  • October 28, 2014- Hawaii- Last day to send absentee ballot in General Election
  • October 28, 2014- Arkansas- Absentee ballots must be submitted
  • October 29, 2014- Idaho- Absentee ballot for General Election due by mail
  • October 29, 2014- Oklahoma-Applicants may complete application by mail for General Election
  • October 31, 2014- Oklahoma-Applicants may complete application in person for General Election
  • October 31, 2014- Idaho- Absentee ballot for General Election due in-person
  • November 1, 2014-Michigan- Last day to send absentee ballot in General Election
  • November 1, 2014-Ohio- Last day to send absentee ballot in General Election
  • November 3, 2014- South Dakota- Absentee ballot due by mail
  • November 3, 2014- Alabama- Absentee ballot due by mail and in-person
  • November 5, 2014- New Hampshire- Last day to submit ballot in-person for General Election
  • November 6, 2014- New Hampshire- Last day to submit ballot by mail for General Election

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