MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama voters now need to have a photo ID to cast a ballot. Not having one could get you turned away at the polls.
Poll workers will get a long list of acceptable options, but if you registered and don’t have any of them, you still have a chance. You can apply for an ID to use for voting purposes only.
You will have to provide some documentation to get the free photo ID used for voting. A birth certificate is the easiest way to do it, though you can sign up without it if you were born in-state.
But don’t you dare register for the card if you have another form of ID, though. If you sign the Voter ID Card application and you already have a photo ID, it’s a class C felony.
So Lynda Hairston with the Voter Registration Office says, ” We want you to be very careful that if you sign it, you do not have one in your possession.”
If you need the free ID to vote, you can get a paper copy printed at the Board of Registrars on the same day.
The primary is going to be held on June 3rd. So, Hairston says, “Do not wait until the last week. Please come in. If you need one, come in early and let’s get started.”
Everyone deserves the right to vote, and with news laws, this might be the only way some can keep that right.
You can only receive a free Alabama photo identification card if you registered to vote in Alabama do not have any of the following:
a) a valid Alabama driver’s license which was properly issued by the appropriated state or county department or agency.
b) a valid Alabama nondriver identification card which was properly issued by the appropriated state or county department or agency.
c) a valid Alabama photo voter identification card
d) a valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Alabama, any other state, of the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector
e) a valid U.S. passport
f) a valid employee identification card containing the photograph of the elector and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, the State of Alabama, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state
g) a valid student or employee identification card issued by a public or private college university, or postgraduate technical or professional school located within the State of Alabama, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector
h) a valid U.S. military identification card, provided such identification card contains a photograph of the elector
i) a valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector