H.O.W. All Of Us Can Still Vote

Even Without Photos.

A lot of changes this year makes is more difficult to vote. Basically, it is more difficult for African Americans, Hispanics, and poor people to vote. One of these is voter fraud, which has not happened as much has been, as it has been claimed to have happened . At this time only 15 states have actually require voter I.D. Those states are.

Arizona

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Indiana

Louisiana

Michigan

Mississippi ( Pending)

New Hampshire ( Pending)

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania (Pending)

South Carolina (Pending)

Texas ( Pending In Court)

Wisconsin (Pending In Court)

However, even though voting may seem more difficult, there are still many ways people can still vote,

1) Register by mail- People can still register to vote by mail, or online. Of course this is a step by step process, but is still important and it still counts as a vote.

2) Absentee Ballot- A ballot can be sent to you by WWW. FVAP.GOV. Absentee voting is a step by step process, but it still counts. The information and the instructions will be mailed to you.

3) Voters overseas have a number of options. They can fax, email using the internet. Please consult the Federal Assistance Programs in your state for more information. Simply type in the name of your state, and follow the information given to you.

4) Provisional Ballot. Verification has changed state by state. Of course in some states you have to have a picture I.D. but what people have not been told is people can still vote using, a billing statement, a payment stub, a social security card. If you do not have any of these you can use what is called a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is a form which people can use, by signing in using their social security number. This is not valid in all states.

5) People with disabilities- Many people with disabilities can vote. People who cannot get to the polls to vote or people who are in long term care facilities can vote. One of the most important places for people with disabilities or people in long term care facilities to get information on how to vote is:

WWW.EAC.GOV or the United States Election Assistance Commission.

This site can help people register to vote, it can also help people who use english as second language vote. This is a wonderful site. If offers help to so many people.

Please vote. The some Politicians are telling us we can't, that is a lie, we can vote. We are smarter and stronger then they think we are. Let's prove it by voting!






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adjkp25 4 years ago from Northern California

I have seen some of the restrictions being implemented and it is kind of sad. I'm glad you have shown voters there are other ways to have their voices heard.

I do find it humorous that this "problem" is being so blown out of proportion because of a couple of incidents. Where were this people back in 2000 in Florida when large groups of people didn't get their votes counted, we all remember the hanging chad debacle.

Personally I have never voted at a polling place. I commute to work so their hours have never been too convenient so I just do absentee.

Voted up and useful


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

adjkp25j Thank you for your comment, and thank you very much for voting!


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I will look up the information on voting for people with disablities. That can help my mom to vote. I would like to see more fighting against those new voter laws.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

bridalletter Thank you helping your mom vote is wonderful, since Romney and Ryan and trying to take help away from her.


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liftandsoar 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Thanks Michele for your call to vote and for the info regarding how. However, I don't understand why a requirement to show identification is regarded as an effort to discourage voting. Do you really want everyone who wants to to vote? Foreigners and fellons?

Yes, I remember hanging chads. I also remember ACORN and the Black Panthers intimidating voters in Chicago.

I wish it were federal law that a person show his driver's liscence, birth certificate, passport or some other freely secured official identification.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love voting absentee....it's the only way to go for this guy. There really is no reason not to vote, and those who don't vote need to keep quiet when they don't like what is happening in this country.

Great hub my friend and a valuable piece of information.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Hello liftandsoar Foreigners and a person who has committed a felony cannot vote. That is true. But, some people do not have picture I.D's. The only problem is that the media is only telling people they need a picture I.D. They are not telling people the other forms of I.D that they can use when voting. That is all this hub is about. The other ways Citizens of the United States of America can vote. (Without intimidation I pray.)


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

billybuc thank you, it is so important that people vote. And there are more ways to vote, then to just to go to the polls.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I hope that everyone in America can read this. I will share it so that some will! Nice job. We really need more Hubs like these. Voted and shared.

JSMatthew~


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you very much for sharing this, that means a lot to me.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Michele - Voting is very important, and we should never take it for granted no matter who you are for or against, one should always vote. I normally do not comment on political subjects, but the voting issue is one of great importance. Thanks for the reminder. In His Love, Faith Reaper


Larry Wall 4 years ago

I fully support people having the right to vote. I do not object to requiring an ID of some type. As I stated in a previous Hub, when I was a reporter, I covered an election in a small town that was near the small town where I worked. In one precinct, the total vote exceeded the number of registered voters. It turned out that some people had some out-of-town relatives come into town and vote for people who at that time resided in the local cemetery but have not been purged from the rolls.

Naturally, the election was contested and a new one ordered. It was not too much later that Louisiana started requiring a picture ID. The provisional ID system is available, but no one uses it. Even if you do not drive, the state will issue you an ID that can be used for cashing checks and filling out job applications. There are very few people in my state where the photo ID requirement has raised a lot of concerns.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much for commenting on this one Faith Reaper. I thank God for sisters like you!

God Bless you


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I agree Larry, the photo I.D. is not the only way to vote. But for some reason, the media is making people think that it is. I wish the media would let people know how many ways they can vote.


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NayNay2124 4 years ago

Michele, this is great information and well needed. I always take advantage of early voting. There is still plenty of time for people to get the proper ID and cast their votes in November. It is a shame that we are taking a step backwards regarding the voting rights in this country. Keep writing these well needed hubs. Voted up and useful.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Michele: You can point the blame at the public officials in charge voter registration and elections. They do not want to fool with the provisional methods or alternative methods so they do not advertise them or promote them. There should be a law in each state that at least a post card be sent to each registered voter giving the options for voting.


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LauraD093 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

I agree with Larry and God forbid an actual person has to get in there and verify a voter's eligibility or ballot...so many Americans out of work now and still automation (especially at the voting booth) is still the most efficient method to both cast your ballot and (remember FL re-count?) stack the deck in your party's favor. Making it harder for certain demographics to vote is the oldest play in the book this I.D. requirement is just another "way" to a means. Voted up and useful thanks for the info.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you naynay voting early is even better. You have made sure your vote has been cast.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Larry, I agree with you completely. The public officials seem lazy which is a bad thing. Voting is so important. In other countries, people risk their lives to vote. Thank you very much for your comment.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

I am not pushing for either party, they both suck in my opinion, but I have had to have two to three IDs all my life and my mother, widow of Vet had to have those too (and picture ID) to have any dealings getting what was hers or anything for that matter as we all Americans have done for many many years. Helping someone to vote is great and I imagine encouraged by both parties, but if having ID was good enough and had to be for my mother, myself and millions in the US for decades then I don't see why it is such a problem now. One visit gets you a picture ID. Can't we help the poor souls get those? We already know who doesn't have to have them.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Laura, voting even if they are trying to stop you is wonderful. A vote is more powerful then they even understand. We hired them, we can fire them. All we have to do, is keep voting, just keep voting.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Pollyannalana it doesn't matter who you vote for, as long as you vote. And yes we know who does not have those picture I.D.s I think they can be helped by those who work at the voting places, and I also know who does not want them to vote.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Very very useful and important article. Unfortunately I join the ranks of citizens who can't vote. My handicap prevents it.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Well to clarify what I mean I want everyone to vote if possible and by all means everyone should help them. Yet I think not having an ID after all these years of it being mandatory is a lame excuse for not getting to vote. It takes about 15 minutes. I don't want to argue, it is truly how I feel. We have had too many years of trouble and expense from millions with no ID. I guess proving who I am grew on me. The homeless probably have an ID. I bet they wish someone was concerned about them.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Mhatter99 You may have a handicap, but you are very intelligent. Your mind is bright. You can communicate. You can put your ideas onto paper. I wish I could help you. I would do anything to help you, even if we were voting for the opposite people. I do not know why your handicap prevents you, but there must be some way to help you.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I wish someone was concerned about them also. That is very sad. They are the very very poor. You are not arguing, you are simply writing what is true.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michele,

Thanks for the information. This is one election we can't afford not to vote. May nothing stop us from our patriotic duty.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

lifegate You are correct. We cannot afford not to vote. That sounds perfect. It is horrible that the Republicans are trying to stop people from voting. That should be illegal, but it is not.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

I think in most states, a person who is unable to go to the polls can vote by mail ballot. It probably does involved having it notarized or something like that. However, mail ballots are used for servicemen stationed in foreign countries. Therefore, there is an option for people who cannot get out to vote.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Larry, that is also true. So many people can vote, we have the right to vote. No one should be denied the right to vote.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I can't write on paper or talk


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Mhatter99 but you can get your thoughts out on to the internet. Onto the screen. You are a human, who can put what you feel out here. The computer works. What about Steven Hawkins? He has problems like that. I am sorry, I am not trying to force you into anything, but I have seen the beauty in your mind. The lovely thoughts that are in your head. Your poems are amazing to me, you have a very high I.Q. I wish I knew how to help you, if there was anything I could do, I would do it.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Michele

There is absolutely no reason to associate voter ID with making it difficult to vote.

As it is only about half of the people that are eligible to vote, do vote, and that is without any requirement of voter id.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information and your encouragement to vote. We must get out there and make a difference this year!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

ib radmasters you are correct about voter turn out in the last Presidential election Why do they need a voter I.D. when so few people vote?. Why do so few people vote? I have no idea.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

teaches I pray more people vote this year. Not just Republican or Democrat, just vote for the person you want to become the next President.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

From what I understand, Its the Democrats that are making it more difficult for military members to vote- probably because they vote more for Republicans! I think its purfectly good to require ID's from what I understand, the Democrates through various agencies have committed alot of voting fraud. For Example, in battleground voting districts they've bused in illegal aliens to vote by promising them free meals and cash to vote Democrat, in many critical voting districts the Democrats have even had poeple use the social security numbers of dead poeple to allow voters to vote several times!


Larry Wall 4 years ago

People don't vote for several reasons.

1. They never registered.

2. They forget on election day or do not vote absentee.

3. They do not see any difference in the candidates and do not believe anything they say and therefore take the attitude that their vote will not make any difference.

4. They are lazy or just do not care.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Larry You are correct.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

wba108@yahoo.com please try to find some truth in what you just wrote. I would love to know where you found it.

Thank you.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I do not have a problem with requiring voter identification as many stores require identification for us to buy stuff. However, my issue with the identification is anyone who does not driver's license should receive free id cards for election purposes, and just so they have these on hand.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

SweetiePie you are correctl A driver's license is not the only ID a person can have. People who cannot drive, such as people who are blind, still use a provisional ballot of even a photo ID, they use the Photo ID in order to buy things. Photo IDs do not allow people to drive. They simply identify someone.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I am a liberal and I have say I have never had a problem with having to show my ID at the polls. I have also been the victim of so-called friends pretending to be me and simply using a phone number to rent a hundred dollars worth of tapes under my name. Imagine the shock when I received that credit card notice, and had to ask the store about their policy of asking for ID. The thing is even to open a library card you need an ID, so if you are going to the polls I think it is perfectly acceptable you show a state issued ID in order to prove you are who you are. The main issue I have heard from those reticient about the ID issue is they cannot afford a driver's license, and I believe this issue could be dealt with by simply issuing free state IDs to people who do not drive, and often these are people who cannot afford to buy a license of an ID card. I suppose a mail in ballot could be the compromise for those who do not want to show an ID, but I have to admit I am a little unsettled by people who protest a little bit too much about showing ID.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I agree with you about a state issued ID. Also about the people who protest too much. Why are they protesting so much. Makes you wonder, why are they protesting doesn't it? Excellent comment.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Voting is our right and we all should practice it, if we are the citizens of this country.

Good pointers, Michele.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much Ruchira, I appreciate your comment very much.


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Louisa Rogers 3 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

I always vote. My parents were involved in voter rights in South Carolina when they got married, and it is part of my inheritance. I don't have a problem with felons voting, either. They may have done heinous things, but they are still citizens of this country.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much for voting. It is not only our right, but it give us power. We are not weak. As I have said before and will keep saying. We hired them and we can fire them. The Politicians need to know this. If they do not work ( and a lot of them are not working) we should fire them. We are the people, and at this point in time, we should fire all of them. The are not working for us. We should fire them all!

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