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‘Rigged’ or Not, Election Positions Trump to Shape Rules on How You Vote
12/02/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

“The last time we had a national government that was as hostile to the protection of minority voting rights as we may have with this president was probably near the end of the first Reconstruction” after the Civil War, said Pamela S. Karlan, a Stanford University law professor, who was a deputy assistant attorney general under President Obama until 2015. ...

Several potentially decisive federal court rulings on voting rules and redistricting, most favoring voting-rights advocates, now appear bound for a Supreme Court whose ideological balance is in Mr. Trump’s hands. Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a linchpin of some of those cases, will fall to a Justice Department whose likely attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, is viewed with deep suspicion by civil rights advocates.

One Trump adviser, Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, is among the most aggressive national crusaders for voting restrictions.

Michigan legislature debating voter ID bill
12/02/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 16:45
Excerpt: 

Adding the new requirements would make Michigan’s voter identification rules among the strictest in the nation. Michigan would join Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia as the only states that require voters to both sign an affidavit at the polls and then take the second step of proving their identity later.

Thirty-four states, including Michigan, request or require voters to show identification at the polls, though several states are engaged in lawsuits with civil rights groups and the federal government challenging their rules. ...

Michigan legislators have until December 15 to pass final bills before adjourning for the year.

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 14, 2016 if you want to register by mail. You can also register at an early voting location or on Election Day.

For more information, visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s website.

Election Day:                                 

Polling places are open 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Election Day. Some counties may open the polls early, at 7:00 a.m.

Some counties also have early voting. More information on early voting is available on the website of your county clerk.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines: In order to register by mail, your voter registration form must be postmarked at least 25 days before the election.  The deadline for this year’s general election is October 14, 2016.

Idaho also allows for same-day voter at an early voting location or at your polling place on Election Day. You will need to provide proof of your residence in order to register to vote on Election Day. Valid forms of proof of residence include:

  • A valid Idaho driver’s license issued through the Department of Transportation
  • A valid Idaho identification card issued through the Department of Transportation
  • Any document which contains a valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card
  • Students may also use a current valid student identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in Idaho together with a current student fee statement that contains the student's valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card.

How to Check Your Registration: Use Idaho’s Voter Registration Lookup or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to register to vote in Idaho you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before election day;
  • Have resided in Idaho and the county you wish to vote in for at least 30 days; and
  • Not be barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction.

How to Register: Idaho residents may register in person or by mail.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by downloading from the Idaho Secretary of State’s website and mailing to your county election office. If you mail the registration card to your county clerk, the card must be postmarked 25 days prior to the election. The deadline to register by mail for this year’s general election is October 14, 2016.

In Person

You may register to vote in person in any of the following ways:

  • Up to 24 days prior to Election Day at the office of the county clerk using the registration form which can be downloaded from the Idaho Secretary of State’s website; or
  • At an early voting location
  • On Election Day at the polling place for your home address.

Identification Required for Registration

First time voters who register by mail are required to provide either a current and valid photo identification or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address when submitting your voter registration by mail.  It is recommended that you provide this documentation when you register to vote. However, if you do not, you can still vote: You will be required to present it at the time of voting.  

Voters who register by mail or in person in advance at the office of the county clerk must provide either (1) a copy of a current and valid photo identification or (2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.

Voters who register in person on Election Day must provide proof of residency in order to register. Valid forms of proof of residence include:

  • A valid Idaho driver’s license issued through the Department of Transportation
  • A valid Idaho identification card issued through the Department of Transportation
  • Any document which contains a valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card

Students may also use a current valid student identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in Idaho together with a current student fee statement that contains the student's valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card. 

Idaho allows voters to vote by mail (absentee) and some counties allow voters to vote or in-person at a designated polling place before Election Day (early voting). No reason is necessary.

If You Want to Vote Early

Idaho provides for early voting on a county by county basis. More information for early voting is available from the County Clerk’s website.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot by mail or in person at their County Clerk’s office. Click here for a copy of the application. The application can be returned to the voter’s county clerk by mail or by fax. Click here to find the contact information for your county clerk. For the 2016 general election, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 28, 2016. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the County Clerk by 8:00 P.M. on Election Day.

For more information on absentee voting, visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s absentee registration and voting information page.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

The types of ID that you need to vote are different from the types of ID that you need to register to vote. In order to case your ballot, you have two options:

(1)   Present one of the following forms of identification:

  • An Idaho driver’s license or identification card issued by the Idaho Transportation Department
  • A passport or photo identification card issued by an agency of the United States government
  • A Tribal photo identification
  • An Idaho student photo identification from an accredited institution of higher education including high school, college, university or technical school

OR

If you do not have an accepted form of ID, you can complete and sign a “personal identification affidavit.” You will then be allowed to vote with a regular ballot.

VoteRiders has created Idaho voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County:

If you have changed your address, you are required to re-register to vote. You can submit your registration by mail by the deadline, or register in-person at an early voting site or the polling place for their NEW address on Election Day. Click here for a polling place lookup tool. See Question 4 of the FAQ for information about registering to vote. See Question 5 of the FAQ for the documentation required to register to vote and to cast a ballot.

Moving Between Counties:

Where you vote depends on how long you will have been living in your new county on Election Day:

  • If you will have lived in the new county for at least 30 days on Election Day, you are eligible to vote in your new county. You are required to re-register to vote. You can submit your registration by mail by the deadline, or register in-person at an early voting site or the polling place for their NEW address on Election Day. Click here for a polling place lookup tool. See Question 4 of the FAQ for information about registering to vote. See Question 5 of the FAQ for the documentation required to register to vote and to cast a ballot.
  • If you will not have lived in the new county for at least 30 days on Election Day, you are not eligible to vote in your new county but you are allowed to vote with an absentee ballot in your OLD county.

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called “UOCAVA” voters).

Registering to Vote

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  You must mail the FPCA to register to vote. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Idaho-specific FPCA page for more information.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request an absentee ballot. For the 2016 general election, your ballot request must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2016.  You can choose to receive your blank absentee ballots by U.S. Mail or electronically.  To request electronic transmission of your blank ballot, you must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You can pre-fill your application using the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Automated Assistant, or download a blank form from the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Idaho-specific FPCA page.

Voting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters must return their absentee ballot by mail. For the 2016 general election, your absentee ballot must be received by 8:00 p.m. on November 8, 2016. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Idaho-specific FPCA page for more information.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  You must have applied for a regular absentee ballot by the deadline, which is October 28, 2016 for the 2016 general election. If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be returned by mail and received by your local voting officials in Idaho no later than 8:00 P.M. on November 8, 2016.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Idaho-specific FPCA page.

The Idaho Constitution states that a person who is incarcerated cannot vote.  It also states that a person who has been convicted of a felony cannot vote until they have had their rights of citizenship restored.

If you have a felony conviction, your voting rights will be automatically restored upon “final discharge” of your sentence, which includes the completion of any incarceration, probation, and/or parole.  You will then need to re-register to vote.

If you were convicted of a felony outside of Idaho, you will be allowed to register and vote in Idaho upon “final discharge” of your sentence, which includes the completion of any incarceration, probation, and/or parole. You will then need to re-register to vote.


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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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