Voting rights groups and Alabama officials have reached an agreement to make sure people applying for social services receive voter registration material.
The Alabama State Conference of the NAACP and others announced the agreement Tuesday. It calls for the state to proactively offer voter registration services to people when they apply for, renew or submit a change of address to the state Medicaid Agency or state Department of Human Resources.
Project Vote official Sarah Brannon says the agreement provides low-income residents with access to the voter registration that's guaranteed under the federal motor voter law.
Secretary of State Jim Bennett says the agreement avoids what could have been costly litigation. Bennett's office and the NAACP will monitor compliance.