The Walker County Board of Registrars will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Walker County Courthouse to take voter registrations or updates to existing registrations. The same forms can be downloaded from the internet and mailed or picked up from the office and mailed, but they must be postmarked today in order for the voter to be eligible to vote in the primary election on June 3.
Employees in the registrar’s office have seen an increase in voter registrations this week, as the deadline loomed. Some were young voters registering for the first time while others needed to update forms or reregister because they hadn’t voted in such a long time.
According to state law, an existing voter registration needs to be updated if the voter has changed their name or moved since they registered.
Also, for the first time, voters in this election will be required to show a state-issued photo identification card at the polls.
Approved forms of ID include a valid Alabama driver’s license or nondriver ID, valid military ID, valid United States passport and several others. If a voter does not have a valid state-issued photo ID, the registrar’s office can issue a Voter ID card, to be used only as a means of poll identification, for free. To receive a Voter’s ID card, the voter must show a photo ID document or non-photo ID document that contains their full legal name and date of birth, documentation of the voter’s date of birth, documentation that they are a registered voter and a document showing the voter’s name and address.
Following the primary election and any necessary runoffs, voters will still have time to register for the Nov. 4 general elections. Voter registration for that election will close 14 days prior to the day, according to a new state law.
For questions regarding voter registration, call the Walker County Board of Registrars at (205)384-7279.