By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Most of the officeholders in Alabama State government will be on the ballot Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 4). All registered voters are encouraged to vote. Remember however that the State is requiring that you present a valid photo ID to prove your identity when you go to the polls.
Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett (R) announced in a written statement, “Whatever the election, whatever the issue, our citizens have the right to express their voice with their vote. It is important to go to the polls on every Election Day and exercise that right. We want to make sure every citizen who wants to vote is able to.”
To vote in this year’s election you must have a photo ID.
More information about that law can be found at www.AlabamaVoterID.com .
Sec, Bennett said, “Register, vote, and participate in Alabama elections. One vote can make a difference.”
Starting with the statewide primary last June, the state of Alabama is requiring that all voters present valid photo IDs when they come to the polls. Sec. Bennett said, “We want to make sure that every voter has their photo ID ready, or if they do not have one that will be acceptable at the polling place, that they can get one for free.”
To receive a free photo voter ID, a voter can visit their local Board of Registrars office or the Secretary of State’s office during their weekly hours of operation. There is no cut-off date to receive a photo voter ID card; a voter may receive one up to and on Election Day.
Voters without a valid photo ID on Election Day will have to vote a provisional ballot. If the voter obtains a photo ID by the Friday following the election, the vote can be counted if the voter takes the photo ID to the Board of Registrars by 5:00 PM on that Friday. A voter can also receive a free non-driver ID for purposes of voting at any office that issues non-driver ID cards.
Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a valid Alabama Driver’s License, a valid Alabama Non-driver ID, a valid Alabama Photo Voter ID card, a valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state), a valid Federal issued ID, a valid US passport, a valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board or other entity of this state, a valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools), a valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state, a valid Military ID, or a valid Tribal ID.
If a voter possesses any of these forms of photo ID, they are not eligible to receive a free Alabama photo voter ID card. The voter must bring one of these photo IDs to the polls on Election Day or place a copy of the photo ID in absentee ballot materials. No voter should ever be turned away from the polls for not having a photo ID. If a voter does not have an acceptable photo ID, the voter can vote a regular ballot if he or she is positively identified by two election officials or that voter can vote a provisional ballot. For more information on the process on how to receive a free photo voter ID, voters can call 1-800-274-VOTE or go to www.alabamavoterid.com.
The U.S. Department of Justice has sued some states (Wisconsin and Texas) to try to block their photo ID laws. Alabama’s photo ID law was not so challenged so remains in effect.
Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm.
Remember that there are two sides to the ballot. The governor’s race and statewide candidates will appear on the front and your local candidates and five statewide amendments will appear on the back. You can vote a straight Democratic Party or straight Republican Party ballot, but if you do, remember to then flip the ballot over to fill out the State constitutional amendments.