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Secretary Merrill Issues Reminder to Domestic Violence Victims about Address Confidentiality Program


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – The following is a direct statement from Secretary of State John H. Merrill:

“As we wrap up National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I would like to remind everyone that any victim of domestic violence or any person who has legal custody of a minor victim of domestic violence has the opportunity to keep their address confidential from publicly available lists of registered voters.

Upon filling out a Domestic Violence Voter Affirmation form with the Board of Registrars in the county in which the individual is registered or intends to register to vote, the individual’s residential and mailing address will be omitted from publicly available lists of registered voters, except for those lists provided to a federal or state agency.

No victim in our state should ever be deterred from registering to vote for fear of making their personal information public. The Office of the Secretary of State wants everyone to feel comfortable and safe while participating in the electoral process.

We encourage every eligible U.S. citizen that is a resident of the State of Alabama to register to vote and to obtain a government-issued photo ID.”




To report an incident of domestic violence, please contact your local police department or safe shelter, whose information can be found here.