Mobile voter ID unit to visit county Friday

Published 5:25 pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Secretary of State’s mobile unit is set to reach Dallas County Friday.

Eligible voters without the proper identification to vote will have the opportunity to receive a photo voter ID Friday when a mobile unit provided by Secretary of State Jim Bennett and his staff stops in Selma and Orrville.

The mobile unit will visit the Orrville Community Center on 463 Academy St. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a visit to the Selma Public Library located on 1103 Selma Avenue from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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“Most people go to the polls with their power bill or Social Security card,” State Rep. Darrio Melton, D-Selma, wrote in a press release. “There are a lot of people who don’t have the types of identification that are now required, which will be a big problem for voters across Alabama.”

A change in the voting law has required voters to present valid photo identification to vote a provisional ballot. Student identification cards, current driver’s licenses, state employee cards, non-driver ID cards, federal identification cards and passports fall under the category of appropriate photo voter identification.

According to the Alabama Voting website, voters can present documents showing their full legal name, date of birth and address to earn a free valid photo ID from either the Secretary of State’s Office, board of registrars’ offices or Bennett’s mobile unit.

“There has been a lot of confusion around this legislation, but I want to make sure every eligible voter can cast a ballot in June and November,” Melton said.

For information on how to receive a free voter ID, call 800-274-VOTE, or visit