Need a photo ID to comply with new voting law? Get a free one at these Jefferson County locations this week
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The first test of Alabama's new law requiring photo ID to vote will come during the June 3 primaries. In an effort to ensure that the primaries go as smoothly as possible, Alabama's Secretary of State Jim Bennett is touring sites throughout the state with mobile units ready to produce free voter photo IDs for people without IDs. The mobile units will visit sites in Jefferson County this week.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, issued a statement urging voters to secure IDs in time for the primaries, although she is personally opposed to the voter ID law. A release from Sewell's office states that Sewell "fears that the Photo ID law will roll back the clock on voting rights that were won as a result of battles fought in Alabama's 7th District," which Sewell represents. The release states that Sewell is concerned that the law could serve as a form of voter suppression if people don't obtain IDs.
"It is our responsibility to make sure we are ready for the implementation of this law by June 3," Sewell said in the release. "We cannot sit idly by and watch our friends and neighbors be robbed of the right to vote. We must spread awareness about the law, and help to make sure that our family and friends get the proper ID they need to vote."
The free photo voter IDs are available only to people who don't have a current, valid photo identification. At the polls, photo IDs that will be accepted include: a driver's license or non-driver identification card, state or federal-issued ID, a passport, a federal or Alabama government employee ID, Alabama college ID, military ID, or tribal ID.
In order to obtain a free photo voter identification card, voters need to bring documentation that shows their name, date of birth, and current address. This could include an expired driver's license or non-driver ID, or any combination of documents - including birth certificates, school documents, religious records, government mailings, and utility bills, among others - that together indicate your name, date of birth, and current voting address. According to the Secretary of State's office, ID can be established using the following:
- A photo ID document or a non-photo identity document can be used if it contains your full legal name and date of birth;
- Documentation showing the voter's date of birth (can be verified by information in the statewide voter file);
- Documentation showing the person is a registered voter (can be verified by voter registration information);
- Documentation showing the voter's name and address as reflected in the voter registration record (can be verified by voter registration information).
The mobile sites and times in Jefferson County are below:
Monday, May 5
9:30 AM - 12PM -Bessemer, Alabama - Bessemer Public Library, 400 19th Street North, 35020
1 PM - 4 PM - Center Point, Alabama -Center Point City Hall, 2209 Centerpoint Parkway, 35215
Tuesday, May 6
9AM - 12PM - Brighton, Alabama - Brighton Senior Services Center, 4100 Main Street, 35020
1PM - 4 PM - Gardendale, Alabama - Gardendale Civic Center 970 Main St, Gardendale, AL 35071
Wednesday, May 7
9 AM - 12PM - Irondale, Alabama - Irondale Detective Building, 5415 Beacon Drive Suite 123, 35210
1 PM - 4PM - Leeds, Alabama - Leeds Civic Center, 1000 Park Drive, 35094
Thursday, May 8
9 AM - 12 PM - Pinson, Alabama - Pinson Public Library (pending confirmation), 4410 Main Street, Pinson, AL 35126
Friday, May 9
9 AM - 12 PM - Trussville, Alabama - Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, 35173
1 PM - 4 PM - Warrior, Alabama - Warrior City Council Chambers, 215 North Main Street 35180
Monday, May 12
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM - Hoover, Alabama - Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, 35216