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Bring a photo ID to the polls

Voters who do not have a valid photo ID can get a free voter ID from their local board of registrars or the secretary of state’s office even as late as today.

Alabama drivers licenses.

Polls across the state opened today at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. Alabama law requires that you have a photo ID in order to participate in any election. Remember to bring your valid photo ID with you to the polls today.

Voters who do not have a valid photo ID can get a free voter ID from their local board of registrars or the secretary of state’s office even as late as today.

Go to your assigned polling place. You are not allowed to vote at just any polling place. You must go to where you have been assigned. If you have moved, but did not move your registration, go vote at the polling place where you were assigned. There is no electronic voting in Alabama.

The state accepts a number of current photo IDs including:

  • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Driver’s License
  • Valid Alabama Nondriver ID (not expired or has been expired less than 60 days)
  • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Nondriver ID
  • Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID Card
  • Valid State-Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
  • Valid AL Department of Corrections Release – Temporary ID
  • Valid AL Movement/Booking Sheet from Prison/Jail System (Photo Required)
  • Valid Pistol Permit (Photo Required)
  • Valid Federal-Issued ID
  • Valid US passport
  • Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or other entity of this state
  • Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Digital student ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
  • Digital student ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Tribal ID

Make a plan to get to your polling location as early as possible. Do not forget to bring your mask and state-issued ID.

As long as you are in line by 7 p.m you can still vote. Don’t allow anyone to prevent you from voting if you are in line by 7 p.m.

Be prepared to request a provisional ballot if:

  • If you are voting on Election Day because you have applied for an absentee ballot but never sent your completed ballot back.
  • If you are listed as “INACTIVE” at your polling station.
  • If you have forgotten your photo ID.

If you are not already registered to vote, you can not vote. We do not have same-day voter registration in Alabama.

Be prepared to wait in line. There is no curbside voting allowed in the state of Alabama so you are going to have to get out of your car and go inside the polling place to participate in today’s election. Give yourself time to vote.

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In some polling places, it will be a simple in-and-out experience, but at others, you could be in line for well over an hour. This is expected to be the most participated election in Alabama history, so expect the process to take longer than in previous elections.

Alabama is under a statewide mask mandate to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Please bring your mask to the polls, but you can not be prevented from voting if you do not have one or refuse to wear a mask or cloth face covering.

If you receive a citation for not wearing a mask at the polls, contact the secretary of state’s office.

Written By

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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