Ala.- Secretary of State Beth Chapman has joined fellow secretaries of state
and chief elections officials across America in recognizing September 2010 as National
Voter Registration Month. Chapman is working with Boards of Registrars across
Alabama to make sure that the state’s eligible voters are aware of registration
deadlines and requirements for the November 2 general election. Currently,
there are more than 2.9 million registered voters in the state of Alabama.
who is eligible to vote should cast their ballot on Election Day.
Registering to vote is the first step to ensure citizens are heard,” said
Chapman. “In order to preserve and defend our democracy, we must have
citizens who are active and engaged in their government.”
law, voter registration ends ten days prior to an election. For the
general election, the deadline is October 22nd.
Alabama had the largest surge in voter registration in recent history during
the 2008 Presidential Election, statistics show that there are definitely more
eligible voters who have not yet registered. According to U.S. Census
figures, 60 million eligible voters nationwide did not register to vote in
2008. Of the non-voters that year, fourteen percent said they did not
vote because they missed their state’s voter registration deadline. The
National Association of Secretaries of State established National Voter
Registration Month to encourage voter participation and to increase awareness
of state voter registration requirements and deadlines.
who may have questions regarding registration may call the local Board of
Registrars office for their county or call 1-800-274-VOTE. Voters may also
find voter registration applications and other election tools at Alabama’s
online election center at alabamavotes.gov.