For years, Alabama voters needed to show identification at the polls. However, photo IDs were never required. Up until last week, voters could show many forms of non-photo IDs, such as voter registration, or a social security card. Under a new law, that has changed. Voters must have picture identification at the polls.
If you do not have a driver's license or passport, you can get a free photo ID card. Secretary of state, Beth Chapman, announced Monday voters will have two options to get a non-driver’s license photo ID. She said this gives all eligible voters the chance to exercise their right to vote, and city officials say this new law will protect against voter fraud.
"It's always important to make sure the right person is voting and it starts in 2014 so we'll be prepared for that,” said Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz.
This will not apply to Dothan’s city election coming up in August. The new law will go into effect at the state’s primary in June 2014.
Visit your local Department of Public Safety or Board of Registrars Office to get a free photo ID card.