Alabama voter ID law http://apr.org en In Focus: Alabama's Voter ID Law http://apr.org/post/focus-alabamas-voter-id-law <p></p><p>It was one year ago when the US Supreme Court struck down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.&nbsp; That section required federal approval for voting changes in states with a history of racial discrimination, mostly in the south.&nbsp; And after the Supreme Court acted, many of those states rushed to enact laws requiring photo identification to vote, including here in Alabama. The state reported few problems during this month’s primary election.&nbsp; Critics of voter photo ID say they’re waiting for the November election when more voters show up at the polls.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:46:53 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 54712 at http://apr.org In Focus: Alabama's Voter ID Law Officials Say Alabama's Photo ID Law Working Smoothly http://apr.org/post/officials-say-alabamas-photo-id-law-working-smoothly <p></p><p>Alabama officials say implementation is going smoothly with a new law requiring voters to show a photo ID to vote.</p><p>Alabama's chief of election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says he's had no reports of problems. Bennett says his office spent about $900,000 to educate voters about the new law and to provide photo IDs to more than 2,300 people who didn't have one.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:45:03 +0000 The Associated Press 53193 at http://apr.org Officials Say Alabama's Photo ID Law Working Smoothly Alabama Offering Free Photo IDs To Vote http://apr.org/post/alabama-offering-free-photo-ids-vote <p></p><p>Voters who don't have a valid photo ID to use in Alabama's elections can get one free at county board of registrars' offices.</p><p>Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says registrars' offices in every county will be offering the free IDs, starting this week.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:49:26 +0000 The Associated Press 48143 at http://apr.org Alabama Offering Free Photo IDs To Vote Alabama Makes Plan For Issuing Free Voter IDs http://apr.org/post/alabama-makes-plan-issuing-free-voter-ids <p></p><p>The secretary of state's plan for implementing Alabama's photo ID requirement for voting includes making free ID cards available through mobile vans, county board of registrars' offices, and the state Department of Senior Services.</p><p>Secretary of State Jim Bennett issued his final rules Tuesday for implementing the law for the 2014 elections.</p><p>The law requires voters to show a photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport or student ID from a university. For those lacking photo IDs, Alabama plans to provide free photo IDs for voting at many locations.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:39:01 +0000 The Associated Press 40233 at http://apr.org Alabama Makes Plan For Issuing Free Voter IDs Chapman Says Plan Will Let Ala. Voters Get Free IDs http://apr.org/post/chapman-says-plan-will-let-ala-voters-get-free-ids <P>Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office has a plan that will allow any eligible voter to receive free photo identification.</P> <P>She said voters will be able to get the identification even if they can't afford to pay. Chapman said voters can fill out a form to receive a free photo ID. She said her office wants to develop a system where voters can receive the photo identification at the county courthouse.</P> <P>Chapman and other state officials have said a new state law requiring voters to show photo IDs took effect this week. That's because the U.S. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:42:44 +0000 The Associated Press 33206 at http://apr.org Chapman Says Plan Will Let Ala. Voters Get Free IDs Ala. Officials Say Voter ID Law Can Take Effect http://apr.org/post/ala-officials-say-voter-id-law-can-take-effect <p>Alabama officials say voters apparently will have to present identification at the polls in the next election.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Officials including Gov. Robert Bentley, Secretary of State Beth Chapman and Attorney General Luther Strange said the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday throwing out part of the federal Voting Rights Act means the state does not have to submit for preclearance a new law requiring voters to have photo identification.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Strange said the voter identification law will be implemented immediately.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:42:30 +0000 The Associated Press 33087 at http://apr.org Ala. Officials Say Voter ID Law Can Take Effect