John Merrill orders registrars back to school to conduct voter registration drives

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is ordering members of the Alabama Board of Registrars to go back to school.

That is, he is asking all registrars — those tasked with registering voters in and outside the office — to return to all schools of higher learning (two-year, four-year, technical schools, trade schools, liberal arts schools, private schools, etc.) in their respective county to register students to vote no later than October 22, the last day tor register to vote. Merrill’s office says each school will have a scheduled time no later than Friday, October 5.

The Alabama Board of Registrars’ offices are required to be available to the people of Alabama who attend Alabama’s many two and four-year universities. While many registrars already completed these trips once this year, registrars have been instructed to return to conduct drives for any students not yet registered to vote or need to submit a voter update form to make voting easier in their location.

These efforts are a part of Merrill’s ongoing efforts to ensure each and every eligible U.S. citizen that is a resident of Alabama is a registered voter with a photo ID.

How to register to vote

Alabamians who are at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony or declared “mentally incompetent” by a court may register one of three ways:

  1. Via an electronic voter application through the Alabama Secretary of State’s website here.

  2. By using the Vote for Alabama app. Available here.
  3. Via a mail the application. You may download and print a copy of the form here.

  4. In person at your local Board of Registrars’ office. Office locations can be found here. As well as when you are applying for or renewing a State of Alabama driver’s license or nondriver identification card; at state and local government offices when applying or recertifying for Aid to Dependent Children, SNAP, TANF, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services; at public libraries; and at armed forces recruiting stations.

Not sure if you’re registered? Want to find your polling place? Check here.

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