Ala. residents must provide “specific type of photo ID” to vote

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – If you plan on voting on Tuesday in the Alabama primary elections, you will have to be properly equipped with the correct form of photo ID, from now on. It is now locked to present a photo ID when voting in the state of Alabama.

In Mobile and Baldwin County, some big races will be determined Tuesday including sheriff, State House and Senate seats, commission spots, Board of Education positions, and even governor.

But when you go to the polls, do you know what you need to provide?

FOX10 news asked some Mobilians if they knew what they needed to take to the polls on Tuesday. Many said just a drivers license. But this year, it is now law to provide a proper form of ID as outlined in the Alabama Photo Voter ID Guide.

According to the Alabama Photo Voter ID Guide: “Beginning with the June 3, 2014 primary election, Act 2011-673 requires an Alabama voter to have a specific type of photo identification at the polls in order to vote. If a voter does not have one of the approved forms of photo ID as stated in the law, then he or she may receive a free Alabama photo voter ID card from various locations.”

If you do not have a valid photo ID, you will have to cast a provisional ballot then bring proper identification to the local Board of Registrars office by 5 pm Friday.

Another alternative, two election officials can sign sworn statements stating they can positively identify you.

Supporters of the law say it should help prevent voter fraud. Opponents say it is meant to disenfranchise the minority vote.

If you need an ID, you can get one Tuesday at your local registrars office.

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