Module 3: What ID is required to vote?
(NOTE: for more complete learning, take the time to click the links in the text below, and review the official websites)
New Voter ID Law - Since July 15, 2020, a photo ID to vote is required to vote in Kentucky.
A valid photo ID to vote is a document issued by one of these:
- The United States or the Commonwealth of Kentucky;
- The United States Department of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marine, or the Kentucky National Guard;
- A public or private college, university, or postgraduate technical or professional school located within the United States;
- A city government, county government, urban-county government, charter county government, consolidated local government, or unified local government, which is located within Kentucky.
The most common form of a valid photo ID is a driver’s license. Other examples of acceptable IDs (as long as they include the voter’s name and photo) are a U.S. passport, Military ID, College ID, or Kentucky government ID.
What if the voter doesn’t have a photo ID?
Voters who cannot obtain a photo ID can sign a Voter Affirmation Form SBE71 (under penalties of perjury for false statements) and present one of the following non-photo IDs:
- Social Security Card;
- Any ID issued by a county that’s been approved by the State Board of Elections and shows voter’s name;
- Any ID card with both the voter’s photograph and name;
- Any food stamp ID card, electronic benefit transfer card, or supplemental nutrition assistance card issued by Kentucky that shows voter’s name;
- A credit or debit card that shows voter’s name.
If none of these identifications are available, (should be a rare case) a voter’s identity still can be confirmed by personal acquaintance with an Election Officer, but now the Election Officer must complete an Election Official Affirmation Form SBE 72, also under penalties of perjury for false statements. “Personally known” means that the Election Officer knows the voter and that the voter is a resident of the County.
- Become familiar with the official definition of Voter ID above. Administrative regulations will detail this process before 2022, and will be part of the official election worker training, so expect an update. Official SBE 71 and SBE 72 forms will be provided on election day.
- Make sure you and your family members have proper ID on election day.
- If you are working the polls on election day, be alert for any voter NOT showing Photo ID who also does not complete the required oath forms, and alert the appropriate officials immediately. This is the weakest point in the Voter ID system - it is up to alert and honest election officials enforcing the ID rule on each and every voter, and getting signed forms under penalties of perjury for every exception. Exceptions should be rare.
- Contact your AFEIKY coordinator with any unusual findings, or any additional information that should be in this training.
End of Module. Thanks for learning and being engaged!