State taking action to ensure voter readiness in Alabama

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With 2016 just around the corner, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is teaming with the state Legislature to ensure Alabamians are prepared to fulfill their civic duty and vote.

Together they have coordinated voter registration drives across the Yellowhammer state, where Merrill’s office will also issue photo I.D.s that are necessary to vote in the state.

The issuance of photo I.D.s are of particular note to Alabamians as the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) announced its plans to close 31 driver license offices because of a significant loss of funding in the new state budget on Sept. 30, drawing nationwide criticism.

In 2014, only 41 percent – 1.17 million of about 2.9 million – of Alabama’s registered voters turned out for the general election, the lowest participation in a general election since in at least 28 years.

The upcoming voter readiness events will be held on:

  • Saturday in Covington County at 8 a.m. at the Opp Fest
  • Saturday  in Pike County at 10 a.m. at the Peanut Butter Festival,
  • Saturday in Jefferson County at 9 a.m. at the Magic City Classic
  • Tuesday in Shelby County at 10 a.m. at the Roy Downs Memorial Library
  • Wednesday in Lee County at 10 a.m. at the Smiths Station City Hall

Since June 3, 2014, to participate in an election, a citizen must be registered to vote and present a valid form of photo ID. Forms of photo ID accepted at the polls are any of the following valid documents: driver’s license; Alabama photo voter ID card; state issued ID (any state); federal issued ID; US passport; employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or other entity of this state; student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools); Military ID; or Tribal ID.

To receive a free Alabama photo voter ID card, a citizen must be a registered voter and must not have one of the valid forms of photo ID listed above.

For information on the site schedule as well as free Alabama voter identification cards, visit www.alabamavoterid.com or call 1-800-274-VOTE.

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