Introduction

We all have a stake in protecting election integrity at every level in our nation. Our constitutional rights and liberties depend on the zealous protection of free and fair elections. Without that, the American experiment will soon die at the hands of those who would exploit our electoral systems to gain power and destroy our freedoms. Republicans and Democrats alike should work together to ensure our fundamental right to vote is protected.

Voter fraud is real. For more information about voter fraud, see the Heritage Foundation’s voter fraud explainer, which includes A Sampling of Recent Election Fraud Cases from Across the United States.

To that end, we set out to provide you some guidance on how well your state is doing in that effort. This scorecard ranks each state by looking at the way they handle three important areas: (1) voter identification, (2) absentee/mail-in ballots, and (3) absentee ballot verification. Their combined performance in these areas is used to give us an overall Election Integrity Rating (EIR) for the state.
Hover over this map to see your state’s EIR. Only one state (Alabama) obtained an “A” rating with a 90% or more score. Most states fell below the 50% rating, equivalent to an “F.” Needless to say, there is a lot of work to be done to strengthen our state election laws in order to increase voter confidence and participation in our election system.

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map of state scorecards

map of state scorecards

Alabama – 94 %EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[1]
Only the voter may return the ballot.[2]
Ballot sent upon request; excuse required.[3]
Copy of ID required; two witnesses or a notary public must sign envelope.[4]
Alaska – 56% EIR
Non-Photo ID accepted.[5]
Someone chosen by the voter may return the ballot.[6]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[7]
No copy of ID required, but a witness signature or official needed.[8]
Arizona – 44% EIR
Non-Photo ID accepted.[9]
Only a family member, household member, or caregiver.[10]
State with all-mail elections, voters do not need to request a ballot.[11]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[12]
Arkansas – 81% EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[13]
Specific agents may return the ballot.[14]
Ballot sent upon request; excuse required.[15]
Copy of ID required, but no witness necessary.[16]
California – 31% EIR
No identification (in most cases).[17]
Someone chosen by the voter may return the ballot.[18]
All-mail election option, voters do not need to request a ballot.[19]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[20]
Colorado – 44% EIR
Non-Photo ID accepted.[21]
Any person chosen by the voter may return the ballot. Only an official can turn in more than 10.[22]
Absentee ballots automatically sent out.[23]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[24]
Connecticut – 63% EIR
Non-Photo ID accepted.[25]
A designee who obtained an absentee ballot due to illness or disability or immediate family member for students may return the ballot.[26]
Ballot sent upon request, excuse required.[27]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[28]
Delaware – 50% EIR
Non-Photo ID accepted.[29]
Unspecified.[30]
Ballot sent upon request; excuse required.[31]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[32]
District of Columbia – 31% EIR
No identification required (in most cases).[33]
Someone selected by the voter may return the ballot.[34]
All-mail elections, voters do not need to request a ballot.[35]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[36]
Florida – 56% EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[37]
Someone selected by the voter may return the ballot.[38]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[39]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[40]
Georgia – 81% EIR
Strict Photo ID required.[41]
Family or household member.[42]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[43]
Confirmed by driver’s license or other documentation.[44]
Hawaii – 44% EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[45]
Unspecified.[46]
Absentee ballots automatically sent out.[47]
Confirmed by driver’s license or other documentation.[48]
Idaho – 50% EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[49]
Unspecified.[50]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[51]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[52]
Illinois – 44% EIR
No identification required (in most cases).[53]
Someone selected by the voter may return the ballot.[54]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[55]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[56]
Indiana – 75% EIR
Strict Photo ID required.[57]
Specific people (household member or attorney in fact) may return the ballot.[58]
Ballot sent upon request; excuse required.[59]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[60]
Iowa – 50% EIR
Non-Photo ID accepted.[61]
Someone selected by the voter may return the ballot.[62]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[63]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[64]
Kansas – 75% EIR
Strict Photo ID required.[65]
Someone selected by the voter may return the ballot.[66]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[67]
Copy of driver’s license or other ID needed, no witness required.[68]
Kentucky – 56% EIR
Non-Photo ID accepted.[69]
Someone selected by the voter may return the ballot.[70]
Ballot sent upon request; excuse required.[71]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[72]
Louisiana – 69% EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[73]
Someone chosen by the voter may return the ballot.[74]
Ballot sent upon request; excuse required.[75]
No copy of ID required, but witness signature needed.[76]
Maine – 44% EIR
No identification required (in most cases).[77]
Someone chosen by the voter may return the ballot.[78]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[79]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[80]
Maryland – 56% EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[81]
Someone chosen by the voter may return the ballot.[82]
Ballot sent upon request, but no excuse required.[83]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[84]
Massachusetts – 69% EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[85]
Specific people may return the ballot.[86]
Ballot sent upon request; excuse required.[87]
Voter confirmed by signature comparison.[88]
Michigan – 62% EIR
Non-Strict Photo ID required.[89]