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Voter ID changes for primary election

Voters should remember their photo IDs on Tuesday. Voters should remember their photo IDs on Tuesday.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Primary day has arrived in the Tennessee Valley, and if you're heading to the polls, there's a big change you need to know about.

Tuesday's election is the first with Alabama's new voter ID law. It's very important that you have some kind of valid picture ID.

For the first time, voters in Alabama must have a photo ID when they come to vote. Another difference this year is the voting machines. Election officials said the new machines eliminate human error and avoid hand counting ballots.

Officials said several forms of ID will work. "Most people have a driver's license, and a driver's license is acceptable," said Madison County Voter Registrar Chair Lynda Hairston. "You can use a passport, a federal government ID or a state ID, but it does have to have your picture on it."

If you forget your photo ID, you can do one of two things. Of course, you can run back home to get one. Or, according to Hairston, if two people at the polling location can sign documents verifying that you are who you say you are, you should be allowed to vote or get a provisional ballot.

"But the poll workers don't always know people who come in at the polling places, so my recommendation would be don't take that chance, get a photo ID," Hairston advised.

If you don't have one, you can stop by the Madison County Voter Registrar's Office to get a free voter ID. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's very important that you double check your polling location because that has changed for many people.

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