Where to Vote in Person on Election Day

Find Your Polling Location

Cast Your Vote at a Polling Place or Polling Station  ​

Polling locations are assigned by residential address. It is important that you go to your assigned location, since your name will not be on the roster at any other location.  Your polling place may change from one election to the next, so check before you go to vote.

Find Out Where to Vote

For the most updated information on your polling place and hours, or to request an accommodation, contact your state/territorial election office.

In addition, there are several tools online that can help you find your polling location, hours, and other details:

Voting at a Location That is Not Your Assigned Polling Place

  • Rules vary by state, but if you try to vote at a location other than your assigned location, you will generally have to cast a provisional ballot.
  • Voters with disabilities have the right to be assigned to an accessible polling place, but may have to request it beforehand.

Report a Problem with a Voting Machine at a Polling Station

If you have a problem with your voting machine at your polling location, let your local poll workers know. You can also contact your state/territorial election office.

Voter ID Requirements

Two-thirds of states request or require that you provide some form of identification before you’re allowed to vote at the polls.

Find Out if You Need to Bring an ID to Vote

Your state’s laws, as indicated by this state legislators’ map, determine whether you will need to show an ID, and if so, what kind.

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Photo ID versus Non-Photo ID

About half of the states with voter ID laws accept only photo IDs, such as driver’s licenses, state-issued ID cards, military ID cards, and passports. Many of these states now offer a free voter photo ID card if you don’t have another form of valid photo ID.

Other states accept certain types of non-photo IDs, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, bank statements, and utility bills. Each state is specific about the documents it will accept as proof of identification. Be sure you know your state’s voter ID requirements prior to Election Day.

You should also be aware that legal challenges continue to affect some states’ voter ID laws, and requirements can change as a result. It’s always wise to check directly with your state election office to ensure you have the proper ID.

Procedures for Voting Without ID

Even if you don’t have a form of ID that your state asks for, you may be allowed to vote. But some states require you to take additional measures after you vote to make sure that your vote counts.

Some states may ask you to sign a form affirming your identity. Other states will let you cast a provisional ballot, which is used when there is a question regarding a voter’s eligibility. In some states, election officials will investigate the voter’s eligibility and decide whether to count the vote.

Other states require that you return to an election office within a few days and show an acceptable form of ID. If you don’t, your vote won’t be counted.

Name or Address Mismatch

Even if you have a form of ID that your state accepts, you may be required to cast a provisional ballot if the name or address on your ID doesn’t match the name or address on your voter registration. This may happen, for example, if:

  • You get married, change your last name, update your voter registration but present a driver’s license with your unmarried name.
  • You move, present a current utility bill as proof of ID but forget to update your address on your voter registration beforehand.

Additionally, some states require you to notify your local registration office of any change in your name to remain a qualified registered voter.

You can avoid problems by always updating your voter registration whenever you move and if you change your name.

First Time Voters

First time voters who didn’t register in person and haven’t previously provided proof of ID are required by federal law to show some form of identification.