Voting Rights FAQ

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Are the Specific IDs Difficult or Expensive to Obtain?

States are providing the IDs for free, but individuals may have to pay for certain documents like birth or marriage certificates in order to apply for the IDs, a move that can be costly. Other people may find it challenging to get to the Department of Motor Vehicles because of the distance or due to operating hours that conflict with their work schedule and not being able to afford to take time off to get the ID. In addition, it will likely cost already cash-strapped states millions of dollars to provide the IDs, and that means other more vital services could be cut.

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