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Strict voter ID law approved in Michigan House
12/08/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

Michigan’s Republican-led House on Wednesday night approved a strict voter identification proposal over strenuous objections from Democrats who argued the plan could disenfranchise properly registered voters.

Michigan voters without photo identification could still cast a provisional ballot under the controversial legislation, but they would have to bring an ID to their local clerk’s office within 10 days of an election in order for their vote to count. ...

The measure now heads to the Senate with just four full days left in the so-called lame-duck session.

Trump and Pence: this Pew report proves our voter fraud claims. Actual report: nope.
12/07/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:30
Excerpt: 

The report isn’t even about voter fraud; it’s about the technical aspects of voter registration systems, and how America could save money by upgrading how it registers voters. ...

There have been multiple investigations into voter fraud. None of them have found serious evidence of anything close to millions of people voting illegally.

One analysis focused just on voter impersonation, the type of fraud that strict voter ID laws (which Trump supports) aim to curtail. Tracking credible allegations of this type of fraud, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt found 35 total credible allegations between 2000 and 2014 [out of a total of 1 billion ballots cast]. ...

A 2012 investigation by the News21 journalism project looked at all kinds of voter fraud, including voter impersonation, people voting twice, vote buying, absentee fraud, and voter intimidation. It confirmed that voter impersonation was extremely rare, with just 10 credible cases. ...

Putting all of this together, the evidence is clear: Voter fraud is extremely rare. It doesn’t add up to the millions in one election, as Trump claimed. In fact, it doesn’t even add up to the thousands in a single election. So Trump really lost the popular vote fair and square.

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2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, October 24, postmarked if by mail.

For more information, visit the Alabama Secretary of State’s website.

Election Day:

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. central time on Election Day. Counties in the eastern time zone will open and close at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. Chambers and Lee counties may operate on either central time or eastern time.

 

Alabama does not have early voting.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Alabama Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page. 

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Registration Deadlines: You must register 14 days prior to the General Election. The deadline for this year’s General Election is Monday, October 24, postmarked if mailed.

How to Check Your Registration: Use Alabama’s Registrant Search website or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in Alabama, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in Alabama;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Not be barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction; and
  • Not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court.

There is no duration of residence requirement in Alabama; you may register the first day that you move to the state.

How to Register: Alabama residents may register in person, by mail, or online.

Online

In order to register to vote online, you must have either an Alabama Driver’s License or a Non-Driver’s Identification Card. Applicants can apply to register on the Secretary of State’s website.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by:

  • Downloading a mail-in form from the Secretary of State’s website
  • Picking up a form at Probate Judge and License Commissioner offices, colleges and universities, public schools, or libraries; or
  • Requesting a form by contacting the county Board of Registrars or the Elections Division in the Secretary of State’s office (1-800-274-8683).

In Person

You may register to vote in person in any of the following ways:

  • When applying for or renewing your driver’s license or State Identification Card;
  • At state or local government offices when applying or recertifying for Aid to Dependent Children, SNAP, TANF, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services;
  • At public libraries;
  • At armed forces recruiting stations; or
  • At the Board of Registrars located at the county seat in your county of residence.

Identification Required for Registration

Voters may register by mail without identification, but they must provide a form of identification when they vote at the polls on election day. 

If You Want to Vote Early

Alabama does not have early voting, but voters who qualify for absentee voting may vote absentee in person at their local elections office (usually the Circuit Clerk). For more information on absentee voting, visit the Secretary of State’s absentee voting information page.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

A voter may cast an absentee ballot if he or she:

  • Will be absent from the county on Election Day;
  • Is ill or has a physical infirmity  that prevents a trip to the polling place;
  • Is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county;
  • Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place; or
  • Works a required shift of 10 hours or more that coincides with polling hours.

Business/Medical Emergency Voting: Applications can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election, if the voter:

  • Is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or
  • Has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician within 5 days of the election.

Rules and Deadlines:

  • An absentee ballot application must be received no later than the fifth calendar day before the election. For this election, that is November 3, 2016.
  • An absentee ballot must be postmarked or hand-delivered by no later than 5 p.m. on the day prior to Election Day. If mailed, the absentee ballot must be received by the Absentee Ballot Election Manager no later than noon on Election Day

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of ID are:

  • Valid Alabama driver's license or non-driver ID card;
  • Valid Alabama photo voter ID card;
  • Valid state-issued ID (from Alabama or another state);
  • Valid federal-issued ID;
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • Valid employee ID from the Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board or other Alabama entity;
  • Valid student or employee ID card issued by a college or university in the state, provided it includes a photo;
  • Valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state;
  • Valid U.S. military ID card containing a photo; and
  • Valid tribal ID card containing a photo.

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is permitted to:

  • Vote a challenged or provisional ballot, or
  • Vote, if he or she is identified as a voter on the poll list who is eligible to vote by two poll workers and both poll workers sign the voting sign-in register by the voter's name.

There are two primary exceptions to the photo identification requirement:

  • A voter who is a member of the military or who resides overseas eligible to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is not required to provide ID when voting an absentee ballot, and

A voter who is entitled to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act or any other federal law shall not be required to produce identification when voting by absentee ballot.

VoteRiders has created Alabama voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County

Voters should notify the Board of Registrars of any change of address.  This may be done in person at the county Board of Registrars’ office or by mail.  If the voter has not updated his/her address within the county, he/she will be able to cast a provisional ballot at the polling place associated with the new address. The provisional ballot will be counted if the county clerk can determine that you are registered to vote in the state and reside in the area covered by that polling place.

Moving Between Counties

A registered voter who has changed his or her county of residence must register to vote again in the new county of residence.  If a voter who has relocated to another county has not re-registered to vote, that voter will not be permitted to vote in the election. 

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Alabama-specific FPCA page.

UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot through the Alabama Military & Overseas Voting Services website or by calling 1-800-274-VOTE (8683).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by U.S. Mail or electronic transmission.  To request election transmission of the blank ballot, UOCAVA voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on the State of Alabama “UOCAVA Application for Absentee Ballot” (available here) or on the FPCA (see Alabama-specific FPCA page). Ballots must be returned via U.S. Mail, commercial carrier, or by hand delivery.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 5 days before the election.  If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Alabama no later than noon on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP's Alabama-specific FWAB page.

A person who has been convicted of certain felonies involving “moral turpitude,” whether in state or federal court, may register to vote and vote only if he or she obtains a pardon that specifically restores the right to vote, or if he or she is granted a Certificate of Eligibility to Vote by the Board of Pardons and Paroles. A person may apply to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for a Certificate of Eligibility to Vote if his or her conviction was for a felony other than treason, impeachment, murder, rape, or various sexual offenses; he or she has no criminal felony charges pending against him or her; he or she has paid all fines, court costs, fees, and victim restitution associated with the conviction; and he or she has completed his or her sentence, including any period of probation and parole.

If a person has been convicted of a felony that does not involve “moral turpitude,” he or she remains eligible to vote and does not need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to Vote or receive a pardon.  Specific crimes considered not to involve “moral turpitude” include assault, doing business without a license, violating liquor laws, aiding a prisoner to escape, possession of an illegal substance, and driving under the influence.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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