By Equal Voice Action
As we look to Election 2020, it’s never too early to ensure that we can share our voice at the ballot box, and to help our families, allies, and communities share theirs too.
As we highlighted ahead of the November 2018 election, voters in 23 states — nearly half the country — faced additional restrictions on voting last fall as compared to 2010, with strict voter ID requirements being the most common type of new restriction.
As of 2019, there are 36 states with voter ID laws in place, 13 of which are classified as “strict,” meaning there is no alternative offered if a voter does not show a valid ID, either at the polls to vote a regular ballot, or by voting provisionally and providing their ID to the election clerk within a short period of time after the election.
Obtaining a valid photo ID can be a difficult, drawn-out, and costly process that prevents many eligible voters from accessing their rights at the ballot box. At EVA, we believe that no citizen should be prevented from exercising their essential right to vote.
New Equal Voice Action organizational member VoteRiders is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that offers a host of free resources to help eligible voters get the ID they need to participate in the electoral process.
For individuals, VoteRiders offers free assistance for any eligible voter who encounters barriers to securing his or her ID to vote, including financial and legal help obtaining underlying documents like birth certificates, change of name documentation, and more.
If you or someone you know needs assistance or has questions about obtaining the necessary ID in your state, you can call VoteRiders’ toll-free Voter ID Helpline at 844-338-8743 or use this online form to submit an inquiry.
For mobile voter ID information, you can text “Vote” to 415-688-2920 and follow the prompts.
VoteRiders has also produced voter ID information flyers and wallet-sized cards for all 50 states, as well as detailed voter ID guides for Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and other key states for our membership and allies. Find your state here to download, print, and share resources on voter ID laws and acceptable forms of ID in your state. VoteRiders’ resources are available in English and Spanish.
VoteRiders also prints and ships, free of charge, state voter ID information cards to any nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has a plan to distribute them to voters. The minimum order is 25 cards, with orders typically delivered within 8 days. Representatives of registered 501(c)(3) organizations can use this form to order cards for distribution through their civic engagement or voter education activities.
As voters in many states face increasing restrictions, now is the time to ensure that our families and communities have the identification we need to make our voice heard at the ballot box. If you need individual assistance or your nonprofit organization is working in civic engagement, connect with VoteRiders for free help and resources for obtaining and raising awareness about acceptable voter identification in your state. This knowledge is power – power for exercising our rights, sharing our voice, and standing up for our families.
An organizational member of Equal Voice Action, VoteRiders is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 2012 with a mission to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. VoteRiders informs and helps citizens to secure their voter ID as well as inspires and supports organizations, local volunteers, and communities to sustain voter ID education and assistance efforts.