Secretary of State Chapman releases Photo Voter ID Plan

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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1372461588&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4121531&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1372461588 type=script]MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — On Friday Secretary of State Beth Chapman released the 2014 plan for implementation of photo voter ID in the form of administrative rules.

In the new plan a person who does not have any acceptable form of photo voter ID can now receive a free ID.

There are three places where someone can go to acquire an ID.

  • They can go to the Department of Public Safety in their county and receiving a free non-drivers identification card.
  • They can also visit their county courthouse Board of Registrar’s office to get one.
  • And a voter can also visit the Secretary of State’s office in the State Capitol to receive a free photo voter ID.

The law states that you do not need to apply for a free photo voter ID card if you already possess a valid Alabama driver’s license or valid non-drivers ID card.

The plan also includes a form that a voter must fill out in order to receive a free photo voter ID.

Plus an additional form that must be signed for the non-drivers ID card.

A request for proposal is currently being finalized for a vendor with mobile capabilities to produce the free photo voter IDs in the courthouses and remote locations.  Once that vendor is selected, that full process will be announced and the process advertised.

 “By having a multi-pronged approach, we will provide adequate places where citizens can receive a free photo voter ID.  We would like for people to remember that you only need to obtain this free ID if you do not currently have a proper form of ID,” -Beth Chapman, Secretary of State

The plan mirrors one used in Georgia, which has approximately 2 million more voters than the state of Alabama,

They implemented their photo voter ID system in 2006.

“This is something that the legislature passed that I have been in favor of for a long time.  I believe the citizens of Alabama and their vote will be better protected under this new law,” -Beth Chapman

The administrative rules will go through a comment period and comments can be accepted for a time period of 35 days beginning on July 31st. To see the full administrative rules as filed CLICK HERE. 

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