The Voter Photo Identification Act, approved during the 2011 legislative session, will go into effect in all 67 Alabama counties beginning with the June 3, 2014, statewide primary election. Voters who do not have proper photo identification must obtain a free voter photo ID card or will not be allowed to vote, but there are some exceptions. The League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa held a meeting Wednesday of community leaders at the Tuscaloosa Public Library to discuss the new law and ways to educate voters on how to obtain the voter photo ID card. Hattie Kaufman, a league board member, said many people don’t understand the new law and will be confused as to whether or not they need the card to vote.
“It would be a terrible thing to have someone say, ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t vote because I didn’t get that card,'” Kaufman said. “We want to make it as clear as possible who needs to get this card and how they get it if they need it.”
Voters who have a valid driver’s license, non-driver’s picture ID, state or federal government employee badge, military or tribal ID, valid U.S. passport or a college, university or other state institution student or employee ID do not need the free voter photo ID card but are required to show one of these forms of identification at the polls.