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Mobile site visits for photo voter IDs in Chilton set for Tuesday

Published 3:57pm Friday, March 14, 2014

On Monday, March 17, Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett and his staff will begin mobile site visits for the production of photo voter ID cards.

The schedule of site visits includes two stops in Chilton County on March 18:

•Maplesville Town Library, 9400 Alabama Highway 22, from 9 a.m. to noon.

•Thorsby Town Hall, 12 Minnesota Ave., from 1–4 p.m.

“Voters can always get a free voter ID at their Board of Registrars office in their county or in the Secretary of State’s office,” Bennett said in a press release. “What we are trying to do with these mobile site visits is get to some of the more remote areas of the county to make this process convenient for all voters.”

According to AlabamaVoterID.com, during the 2011 regular legislative session, the Alabama Legislature approved House Bill 19, which 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, he or she may receive a free Alabama photo voter ID from various locations.

Signed by Gov. Robert Bentley, the bill is effective beginning with the June 3 primary election this year.

Voters can use any of the following forms of photo ID at the polls:

•Valid driver’s license

•Valid non-driver ID

•Valid Alabama photo voter ID card

•Valid state issued ID (Alabama or any other state)

•Valid federal issued ID

•Valid U.S. passport

•Valid employee ID from federal government, state of Alabama, county, municipality, board or other entity of this state

•Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the state of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)

•Valid military ID

•Valid tribal ID

If a voter possesses any of these forms of ID, he or she is not eligible to receive a free Alabama photo voter ID card.

The voter must bring one of these photo IDs to the polls on Election Day or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials.

“We hope that registered voters within the community will take part in these mobile visits,” Bennett said in a release.

For more information on the process on how to receive a free voter ID, call 1-800-274-VOTE or go to Alabamavoterid.com.

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