BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Election day is less than a week away, and for the first time in Alabama’s history, all citizens will be required to have a specific photo ID to cast their votes.
The State of Alabama has joined 15 other states in requiring the photo IDs at the polls.
Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell told FOX10 News, the Voter ID Law passed in Alabama is vital to voting process in Alabama.
“It sends a strong message to our citizens, that we only allow people to vote that are registered voters, that we don’t have people voting illegally,” said Russell.
These are the accepted government issued ID cards you can take to the polls: Alabama driver’s license, Alabama non-driver ID, photo ID issued by any agency of the local, state or federal government, state-issued ID from another state, U.S. passport, Student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in Alabama, Military ID, or a tribal card with photo.
If you do not have any of these, and need some kind of identification, you can head to the Baldwin County Board of Registrars at 119 West 2nd Street in Bay Minette, or call 251-937-0305, to obtain a voter ID card.
Officials said so far, only five people in all of Baldwin County have requested a voter ID card from the Board of Registrars.
“There have only been five requests, so it shows us that our citizens are confident that their photo IDs will be available for election day,” said Russell.
Also, if you forget your valid photo ID on election day, you can cast a provisional ballot, and then you must bring the required ID to the Board of Registrars office by 5 p.m. Friday after election day.
There is another alternative, as well, for folks without a valid ID. Two election officials can sign sworn statements saying they can positively identify you.