Alabama voters planning to participate in the September 9th tax referendum better take an ID to the polls. Attorney General Bill Pryor says the U.S. Justice Department has approved Alabama's new voter ID law and it will go into effect for the September referendum.
Secretary of State Nancy Worley says the quick approval was a surprise. Most state officials expected the law to go into effect later. She says work is beginning now to educate polling officials.
The law was approved by the Legislature in June. But no election change in Alabama can go into effect until it is approved by the U.S. Justice Department. That can sometimes take months.
The new law allows a wide variety of IDs, including any valid ID issued by the state, the military or the federal government. For example, the following are acceptable:
- driver's license
- military I.D.
- Alabama hunting or fishing license
- Alabama pistol permit
- a valid Medicaid, Medicare or EBT card
- certified copy of a birth certificate