The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 11, 2014

Alabama offering free photo IDs to vote

From staff reports
The News Courier

— Voters who don’t have a valid photo ID to use in Alabama's elections can get one free at the Limestone County board of registrars’ office. Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, said registrars’ offices in every county would offer the free IDs, starting this week.

The Limestone County office is on the second floor of the Clinton Street courthouse annex in Athens. Those without a proper ID can get one free by going to the registrars' office with documents showing their full legal name, date of birth and address.

Only those who are registered to vote in Alabama and do not already have a photo ID from any county, state or agency are eligible for the voter ID card. Other forms of photo ID include a valid:

• Alabama driver’s license

• Alabama nondriver ID card

• Alabama photo voter ID card

• Employee ID card issued by any branch, department agency or entity of the U.S. government, the state, county, municipality, board, authority or other state entity

• Student or employee ID issued by any state college, university, postgrad, technical or professional school

• U.S. military photo ID card

• Tribal photo ID card.Alabama’s new law requiring a valid photo ID to vote takes effect with the primary election June 3.