The Montgomery County Commission voted Tuesday 3-2 to partially fund the Montgomery County Probate Court’s and Board of Registrars’ joint pilot project to introduce electronic voter registration kiosks that will be placed at local universities and colleges across Montgomery County.
The kiosks, which will be placed in high traffic student areas, will be located at Alabama State University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Troy State University Montgomery, and Trenholm State Community College, as well as at the Montgomery Election Center.
These kiosks will link directly to AlabamaVotes.gov, allowing interested voters to register easily and quickly with the state. Once these potential applicants are properly vetted by the Board of Registrars, they will be successfully added to the voter rolls.
“We are excited to offer this new option for Montgomery County voters to participate in the electoral process, and we hope this model will serve as an example for other Alabama counties to follow,” said Montgomery County Probate Judge J C Love, III. “As people move to our county or begin their college experience here, we want to ensure that each and every eligible Montgomery County resident has the opportunity to participate in our elections.”
The pilot, which is expected to last for three years, will assist Alabamians as they prepare for the 2022 Election Cycle.
“The Office of the Secretary of State is thrilled to support Judge Love in his pursuit of registering more of our state’s college students to vote. Shortly after taking office, Judge Love made a concerted effort to extend his outreach into the community, and we commend him and his office for their innovation and eagerness to promote voter registration,” stated Secretary of State John H. Merrill.
Last year, Judge Love’s Office introduced a precinct wait time tracker to give Montgomery County voters adequate time to prepare for and head to the polls. Beyond the 2020 Election, this tracker has even been offered for special elections in the county.