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May 27, 2014
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Luther Strange
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Claire Haynes (334) 242-7351
Alabama Attorney General
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(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange today asserted the State of
Alabama’s commitment to protect the integrity of the upcoming primary election and to
fight voter fraud. He also provided information about new photo identification card
requirements and common voter inquiries.
Attorney General Strange warned those who commit voter fraud that they will
be prosecuted to the fullest extent of state law. “The right to vote is a sacred,
fundamental civil right and the foundation of our democracy. It is vital that we preserve
the integrity of our elections process. We take all allegations of voter fraud seriously,
and when the situation and facts warrant it, we will investigate and prosecute these
matters aggressively.”
The Attorney General emphasized the enforcement of absentee ballot statutes.
The law requires that an absentee ballot must be witnessed by two adults or be
notarized in order to be counted as a legal ballot. (Note: the notarization requirement does not
apply to military and overseas voters subject to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting
Under state law, it is a felony to:

  • willfully alter the vote on someone else’s absentee ballot,
  • willfully cast more than one absentee ballot in the same election,
  • willfully vote in someone else’s name or falsify absentee ballot documents, or to
  • solicit or encourage illegal absentee voting activities.
    The penalty for absentee ballot fraud is imprisonment of one year and one day up
    to 10 years, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
    Reports of information and concerns about suspected voter fraud are made to the
    Secretary of State’s Office for review and then may be forwarded to the Attorney
    General’s Office or the appropriate District Attorney’s Office. These reports may be
    made by filing online at http://www.stopvoterfraudnow.com/reportOnline.aspx;
    emailing to voterfraud@sos.alabama.gov; calling toll-free to 1-800-274-VOTE (8683);
    faxing to (334) 242-4993; or by mailing to Secretary of State’s Office, Voter Fraud Unit,
    P.O. Box 5616, Montgomery Alabama, 36103-5616. Additionally, information about
    voter fraud is available on the webpage http://www.stopvoterfraudnow.com.
    501 Washington Avenue * Montgomery, AL 36104 * (334) 242-7300
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The Attorney General also reminded voters that a photo identification card is
now required before casting your ballot and the following forms of identification may
be accepted:

  1. a valid Alabama driver’s license;
  2. a valid Alabama nondriver identification card which was properly issued by the appropriate
    state or county department or agency;
  3. a valid Alabama photo voter identification card;
  4. a valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of
    Alabama, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification,
    provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector;
  5. a valid U.S. passport;
  6. a valid employee identification card containing the photograph of the elector and issued by
    any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, the State of Alabama, or any
    county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
  7. a valid student or employee identification card issued by a public or private college, university,
    or postgraduate technical or professional school located within the State of Alabama, provided
    that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector;
  8. a valid U.S. military identification card, provided that such identification card contains a
    photograph of the elector; or
  9. a valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector.
    To learn more about photo ID requirements and how to obtain a proper ID card, you
    may visit www.alabamavoterid.com or contact your local Board of Registrars.
    Attorney General Strange noted the following common inquiries received during
    previous elections:
  • The assignment of poll watchers is provided by law as a safeguard of the elections process.
    Under state law, each candidate may appoint a single poll watcher for each polling place by
    presenting a letter to the inspectors of that polling place.
  • Poll watchers are allowed to remain in the voting place during all voting hours, and to watch the
    tallying of the ballots afterward. They cannot assist voters, campaign at the polls, or suggest how
    anyone should vote; nor can a poll watcher wear any button, ribbon or other article bearing the
    candidate’s name. However, a citizen who is at the polls to vote or to assist someone in voting is
    allowed to do so.
  • In addition to poll watchers, only voters, people who are assisting voters, election officials,
    sheriffs and deputies are allowed inside the polling place or within 30 feet of the door.
    Campaigning within 30 feet is strictly prohibited.
  • A voter who desires assistance at the polls is allowed to get help from anyone, except that voter’s
    employer or an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. The voter is not
    required to give any reason for requesting assistance, or to take any oath. The voter must simply
    name the person who will assist, and both must sign the poll list.