State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said this week that Tuesday's statewide Democratic and Republican primaries will be "the first statewide election in which the photo ID requirements (under the state Voter ID law) will be in effect."
Though the law has been in effect for more than a year, this will be the first time every voting precinct in the state will require voters to show one of five types of ID, including a driver's license, passport photo, DMV identification or military ID. Credit cards and even some other government-issued IDs will not work.
"The concealed weapons permit looks like a drivers license, looks like a DMV ID and would fall under that, because it looks just like a DMV ID," Whitmire said. "But the law says it has to be issued through the DMV; CWPs are administered by SLED."
You can still vote if you don't have any of the five listed forms of ID, but you will have to provide an explanation on why you don't have your ID.
"Sign an affidavit, saying who you say you are," Whitmire said. "Or have some impediment that keeps you from getting a photo ID."