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September 9, 2013
Secretary of State Bennett Announces September National Voter Registration Month

MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett announces September as National Voter Registration month and a good time for citizens who are not registered to vote to do so. The Secretary of State and his staff are also working to finalize rules and plans for the new Photo ID law that takes effect in June of 2014 and plan to release information on that process very soon.

"Whatever the election, whatever the issue, our citizens have the right to express their voice with their vote. It is important to go to the polls on every Election Day and exercise that right," Bennett said. "We want to make sure every citizen who wants to vote is able to. It is also important for registered voters who have moved to update voter registration records with their current address information."

While Alabama citizens can register to vote at their local board of registrars, under federal law they can also fill out and submit voter registration forms at all state and/or county offices that provide public assistance. In Alabama, public assistance offices, such as Medicaid, WIC, and DHR, must distribute voter registration forms, provide assistance in completing the forms if necessary, and accept such forms. These offices must then forward the forms to the local boards of registrars.

Alabamians can also fill out and submit a voter registration form when obtaining or renewing a driver’s license or when applying for a library card at any county library and many city libraries.

To find a downloadable voter registration formor absentee ballot application, or look up your polling place, please visit www.alabamavotes.gov or call 1-800-274-VOTE.

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For more information, visit Secretary of State Jim Bennett’s Web Site:  http://www.sos.alabama.gov/