Recent Changes to Alabama's Voting Laws
NOTE: Alabama requires preclearance by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under Section V of the Voting Rights Act before changes to it's voting laws can take effect. These changes have not been precleared by the DOJ.
Last year, Alabama paased a law requiring a photo ID to vote. The law is scheduled to take effect in the 2014. Acceptable ID’s (must contain a photo) include:
- Alabama driver’s license or state ID card;
- Any state or federal government issued valid ID;
- Valid U.S. passport;
- Valid government employee ID;
- Valid student or employee ID card issued by a college or university in the state;
- Valid U.S. military ID;
- Valid tribal ID card.
If a voter does not have an ID, they must vote a provisional ballot or, if two election officials can identify the voter as an eligible voter and sign a sworn affidavit stating so, they may vote a regular ballot.
Also, the law requires a person to show proof of citizenship in order for new voter registrations.