ID required for first time to cast ballot in Alabama
by Rachel Davis
Jun 01, 2014 | 1464 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time in Alabama, voters will have to show a government-issued photo identification card at the polls on Tuesday in order to vote in the primary election.

For most people in the state, that will mean showing their driver’s license, nondriver identification card or military identification card but for some residents that isn’t an option.

There are other acceptable forms of identification, including a valid passport, valid student or employee identification card from a state university or tribal identification. Because of the new law requiring identification, the state will also issue, at no cost, a Voter ID card to anyone who does not have one of the other forms of identification.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett, whose office was tasked with the issuance of those Voter ID cards, announced there have been more than 2,300 free photo Voter ID cards produced in the state so far.

There is no cut-off date to receive a free photo Voter ID, and they can be issued even on election day, if needed.

Bennett projects approximately 25 to 27 percent of registered voters will cast ballots Tuesday.

In the 2010 governor’s election, 32 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the primary.

“While we would hope that number will be larger, that is what we are projecting. I encourage every voter to participate in the elections process and exercise their right to vote. If you don’t vote, don’t complain about the outcome,” Bennett said.

Bennett said even though Monday, June 2, is an official state holiday, the elections division will be open and staff will be available to answer questions prior to the June 3rd primary.

“We will be available to answer any questions that voters may have concerning photo Voter ID or other issues related to the primary election. We are here and ready to assist,” Bennett said.

The website www.alabamavotes.gov has voter information, including polling location information, sample ballots and absentee ballot information.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. statewide on Tuesday.