Alabama
2:07 pm
Tue September 9, 2003

Alabama Voters Must Show ID

Montgomery, AL – Voters going to the polls for today's tax and accountability referendum will be asked for more than just their names when they line up to cast ballots.

Voters will also be asked for proof of their identity as Alabama's new voter identification law, approved by the Legislature in June, is implemented for the first time.

Voters will be asked to provide one of more than a dozen forms of acceptable identification, including a driver's license, a birth certificate, a hunting or fishing license and a utility bill.

Alabama's top election official, Secretary of State Nancy Worley, said poll workers are ready to enforce the new law.

Besides the voter identification law, the Legislature in June passed a bill that sets uniform hours for polling places. In most areas, the polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. C-D-T. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. E-D-T in areas of the state in the eastern time zone.

Worley said voters who show up without one of the approved forms of identification will get to vote if two poll workers can identify them. Also voters without IDs will be given the chance to vote a challenged ballot.