Hundreds Sign Up For New Voter ID


By Alabama News Network

The June 3rd primary will be the first test of Alabama's new voter ID law.

But how many people have signed up for new photo ID's to make sure they can cast their vote?

Secretary of State Jim Bennett says he feels that he's done everything he can to get the word out about the new system, but some still don't agree with the law as a whole. 

The Secretary of State's office is making a final push to get registered voters ready for the upcoming election.

Those without a driver's license or other government issued ID need to get a free state issued ID. 

This is the last week that the state is sending out mobile units to help.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett says they've signed up about 1,500 people so far. 

"Really at or above where we thought we'd be at about this time. Georgia is about twice as big as we are. First year that they implemented photo voter ID they had about 2,200 so by that scale we're doing pretty good," said Bennett. 

Even if he says that's pretty good, some don't want the law in place to begin with.

State representative Thad McClammy is among those who've opposed the law from the beginning. He's concerned that confusion could keep people away from the polls, or even get them in trouble. 

"A lot of people say, well, I don't know what I'm supposed to have so they'll forget about, wait until maybe later when we really figure out, aw, they changed the law. Ultimately we do have evidence in some of these states that these laws have been challenged and I think the one in Alabama is probably one that'll be challenged.," said Rep. McClammy.

But even if you don't have one and you've missed the mobile visits, your local office of registrars will be able to take care of your ID. 

Secretary Bennett says the goal is to cut down on fraud, especially with absentee ballots, where he says most of the fraud takes place. 

"I think it's an additional tool in our arsenal to prevent voter fraud, and that goes for absentee voting as well where you have to send a copy of your ID with your ballot," said Bennett. 

If you make it to the polls without an acceptable form of ID, you will still be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. You then have 5 days to get a voter ID for your ballot to count. 

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