Many voters were confused at the polls Tuesday because even though they had voted in the presidential race, they were told they were on the inactive voter list. The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office says out of the state’s 3.3 million voters, 340,162 were moved to the inactive list this year. Every four years, according to federal and state law, cards are sent to voters to verify their address. If they’re marked return to sender twice, the voter is put on the inactive list. Local 15 production assistant Caitlin Smith has lived in this same apartment for a year and voted in the presidential election.
“I voted in the primary and the general election in the same place,” said Smith. Yesterday when she showed up at that same polling location- “They looked for me for a while and then said, ‘Oh, your name is not on the list’,” said Smith.
But Smith says she never received a voter verification card. “No, I didn’t receive anything,” said Smith.
“I don’t know, you’d have to ask the postal service,” said Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Davis says every precinct Tuesday reported inactive voters showing up to vote.