Common Sense: Alabama Law Requires Valid Photo ID to Apply For Absentee Ballot

MONTGOMERY, AL – A congressional district in North Carolina recently had a little issue with absentee ballots, resulting in a special election and calls for more electoral integrity, especially in absentee voting. Well, as of August 1 down in Alabama, they’ve incorporated a simple safeguard that could stop ballot harvesting in its tracks – a photo ID.

From Alabama Political Reporter:

“Tuesday, the Secretary of State’s office announced that new rules for voting by absentee ballot went into effect on August 1.

In order to vote absentee, the voter is required to submit a copy of their valid photo identification with the absentee ballot application. This will ensure that only eligible voters receive ballots for the election in which they are qualified to vote.

Prior to August 1, voters requesting an absentee ballot were not required to present a valid form of photo identification with their application, making it more difficult for Absentee Election Managers to verify the voters’ identity.”

Imagine that, a simple form of photo identification helping restore a sense of integrity to the electoral process. Being that such an approach is completely consistent with the voter-supported Constitutional Amendment on Voter ID, perhaps North Carolina should apply the same common sense solution to the admittedly more pressing absentee ballot risks.

Read more about the Alabama law here.

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