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HAVA's requirements do not necessarily apply to all registered voters, though. Those who were registered prior to the law's enactment in 2002 are not covered. HAVA's voter ID requirements apply only to voters who are newly registering or re-registering in a different county or location since 2002.
Under HAVA, individuals who are registering to vote must provide their current valid driver's license number, if they have one. If they do not have one, then they must provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number (SSN). If they do not have either of these forms of identification, then they will have to provide proof of identity at the polling booth when they go to vote.
The following are some examples of documents allowed in some states to establish identity at a voting booth (states may require one or more of certain types of these documents):
You should check with your local election authorities or your state's government elections office for a complete list of the specific documents allowed by your state.
Note that if a person is entitled to vote by absentee ballot or a method other than in-person voting, either pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act or the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, then he or she is exempt from HAVA’s identification requirements.
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