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Strict voter ID law approved in Michigan House
12/08/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

Michigan’s Republican-led House on Wednesday night approved a strict voter identification proposal over strenuous objections from Democrats who argued the plan could disenfranchise properly registered voters.

Michigan voters without photo identification could still cast a provisional ballot under the controversial legislation, but they would have to bring an ID to their local clerk’s office within 10 days of an election in order for their vote to count. ...

The measure now heads to the Senate with just four full days left in the so-called lame-duck session.

Trump and Pence: this Pew report proves our voter fraud claims. Actual report: nope.
12/07/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:30
Excerpt: 

The report isn’t even about voter fraud; it’s about the technical aspects of voter registration systems, and how America could save money by upgrading how it registers voters. ...

There have been multiple investigations into voter fraud. None of them have found serious evidence of anything close to millions of people voting illegally.

One analysis focused just on voter impersonation, the type of fraud that strict voter ID laws (which Trump supports) aim to curtail. Tracking credible allegations of this type of fraud, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt found 35 total credible allegations between 2000 and 2014 [out of a total of 1 billion ballots cast]. ...

A 2012 investigation by the News21 journalism project looked at all kinds of voter fraud, including voter impersonation, people voting twice, vote buying, absentee fraud, and voter intimidation. It confirmed that voter impersonation was extremely rare, with just 10 credible cases. ...

Putting all of this together, the evidence is clear: Voter fraud is extremely rare. It doesn’t add up to the millions in one election, as Trump claimed. In fact, it doesn’t even add up to the thousands in a single election. So Trump really lost the popular vote fair and square.

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South Dakota Election Info

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2016 General Election: Tuesday. November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016

For more information, visit the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Website.

Election Day:

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time on Election Day.

South Dakota does not have early voting.  However, anyone can vote absentee by mail or absentee in-person at their County Auditor’s office and selected locations.  For more information see https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/AbsenteeBallotPamphlet.pdf

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Registration Deadlines:

Residents of South Dakota must fill out a voter registration form. The forms must be sent to, and received by, the resident’s County Auditor 15 days before an election (i.e. October 24, 2016). 

How to Check Your Registration: Use the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal.

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in South Dakota, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in South Dakota;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction; and
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by a court.

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

In Person

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

  • When applying for or renewing your driver’s license;
  • At the County auditor's office;
  • At the City finance office;
  • At Public assistance agencies providing food stamps, TANF or WIC;
  • At the Department of Human Services offices which provide assistance to the disabled; and
  • At Military recruitment offices.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must:

Identification Required for Registration: Voters may register to vote without identification, but they must provide a form of identification when they vote at the polls on Election Day.

If You Want to Vote Early

South Dakota does not have early voting, but voters who qualify for absentee voting may vote absentee in person, by mail, or through an authorized messenger. For more information on absentee voting, visit the Secretary of State’s absentee voting information page.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter may vote absentee in South Dakota. For more information on voting absentee, visit: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/AbsenteeBallotPamphlet.pdf.

Sickness/Disability Voting: If a voter is unable to attend his or her polling place on Election Day because of sickness/disability, the voter may vote through Authorized Messenger because of Confinement. A voter can still apply to vote through Authorized Messenger because of Confinement even after the absentee deadline. However, all applications are due no later than 3 PM on Election Day.

Rules and Deadlines:

  • An absentee ballot application must be turned in no later than 5 PM the day before the election. For this election, that is November 7, 2016.
  • If an absentee ballot is delivered to a polling place after the polls are closed, the absentee ballot will not be counted nor opened.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of ID are:

  • Valid South Dakota driver's license or non-driver ID card;
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • Valid federal-issued photo ID;
  • Valid tribal ID containing a photo; and
  • Valid student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or postsecondary school located in South Dakota.

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is permitted to sign an affidavit confirming their name and address when voting.

There is one primary exception to the photo identification requirement:

  • A voter who is a member of the military and stationed abroad or who resides overseas eligible to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is not required to provide ID when voting an absentee ballot.

There is no requirement that the person’s voter registration address and the address on the ID match.

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

Moving within the Same County

Any person whose name appears on the inactive registration list at a precinct, may vote in any election following completion of an affirmation of the person's address in South Dakota.  If the voter has moved to a new address within South Dakota, the affirmation serves as a new registration.

Moving Between Counties

Any person whose name appears on the inactive registration list at a precinct, may vote in any election following completion of an affirmation of the person's address in South Dakota.  If the voter has moved to a new address within South Dakota, the affirmation serves as a new registration.

All military and overseas citizens are allowed to submit their application for absentee ballot electronically (fax or email). UOCAVA voters provide an email address on the absentee ballot application. The UOCAVA voter will receive an email with a username, password and a link to access their ballot. Once the voter accesses the ballot, the username and password is only valid for 48 hours. UOCAVA voters must PRINT the ballot off, MARK their ballot and MAIL their ballot back to his/her county auditor. No marked ballots can be returned electronically. Stateside military must submit the absentee ballot application with a copy of his/her ID or have his/her signature notarized. The ID requirements are waived for all military and US citizens living outside of the US.

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) South Dakota-specific FPCA page.

UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot through the Secretary of State’s absentee voting information page or by contacting the Secretary of State's Office at (605) 773-3537 or elections@state.sd.us.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by U.S. Mail or electronic transmission.  To request election transmission of the blank ballot, UOCAVA voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on the South Dakota “UOCAVA Application for Absentee Ballot” (available here) or on the FPCA (see South Dakota-specific FPCA page). Ballots must be returned via mail to your election official.

Overseas citizens voting by absentee ballot must have their ballots received at their polling location prior to the polls closing. If an absentee ballot is delivered to a polling place after the polls are closed, the absentee ballot will not be counted nor opened.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. To vote using a FWAB you must have already requested an absentee ballot from your County Election Official by using the South Dakota Absentee Ballot Application Form, or a Federal Post Card Application (Federal Form Number 76A). If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. For specific instructions, visit the FVAP's South Dakota-specific FWAB page.  

A FWAB returned to the County Election Official will be handled and counted the same way as an absentee ballot cast on an official absentee ballot.

Persons convicted of a felony on or after July 1, 2012

A person convicted of a felony in either federal or state court on or after July 1, 2012 loses the right to vote. A person so disqualified becomes eligible to register to vote upon completion of his or her entire sentence. A person who receives a suspended imposition of sentence does not lose the right to vote.

Persons convicted of a felony on or before June 30, 2012:

For persons convicted of a felony in federal court, the following rules apply:

  • Individuals who are sentenced only to probation retain the right to vote.
  • Individuals who are sentenced only to pay a fine or restitution retain the right to vote.
  • Individuals who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment lose the right to vote for as long as the individual is serving a term of imprisonment, including supervised release.

For persons convicted of a felony in state court, the following rules apply:

  • Individuals who are sentenced only to probation retain the right to vote.  A sentence of probation only may include fines, fees, restitution and other conditions associated with the sentence of probation.
  • Individuals who are and sentenced only to pay a fine or restitution retain the right to vote.
  • Individuals who receive a suspended imposition of sentence on a felony in State court retain the right to vote.
  • Individuals who receive a suspended execution of sentence to the adult state penitentiary system lose the right to vote during the term of the suspended sentence.   
  • Individuals who receive a sentence to the adult state penitentiary system lose the right to vote during the term of imprisonment.  The loss of voting rights continues as long as the individual is physically incarcerated or on parole.
  • Juveniles adjudicated as delinquent or as a child in need of supervision and sentenced to incarceration in a juvenile detention facility retain the right to vote once they have reached eighteen years of age.

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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

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