Ala.- Secretary of State Beth Chapman is pleased that two of her major
legislative initiatives are making their way through the Alabama Legislature: a
bill requiring photo identification for voters and a bill making it easier for
military and overseas voters to cast their ballots.
Bill 19, which passed the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday night,
would require voters to show a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, when
voting. It also allows a card to be made for those who do not have a
valid photo ID at no expense to the voter.
Bill 55, which passed the Alabama Senate Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics
and Elections committee unanimously on Tuesday, will make it easier for
military and overseas voters to obtain absentee ballots and cast their vote
while serving abroad. The bill allows military and overseas voters three
additional ways to return their voted ballots, including fax, commercial ground
or air carriers such as UPS and FedEx, and secure electronic access.
Currently, absentee ballots can only be returned by hand delivery or U.S.
mail.The bill is sponsored by Sen. Gerald Dial, who is a retired Brigadier
General in the Alabama National Guard.
are pleased these important bills are moving forward in the legislature,” said
Secretary of State Chapman. “We must protect the right to vote at all
costs. One fraudulent vote is one too many and we must do everything we
can to prevent it.”
the military and overseas voting bill, Chapman said: “We must also ensure that
while our military is defending democracy on the battlefield, we protect their
right to cast their ballot back home.”