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Vote Today!

by: mooncat

Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:10:46 AM CST

VOTE TODAYYou've waited for it all year long and it's finally here -- Election Day 2012!!!

Now go vote.  Then encourage some other people to go vote.  Because votes are what win elections.

Polls in Alabama are open until 7 pm.  If you are in line at your polling place (find it at the Sec. of State website or use google) before 7 pm you must be allowed to vote, so stay in line, no matter how long the wait.  If you leave, you won't be able to get back in line and vote. 

You must show ID in order to vote in Alabama.  Some poll workers will probably ask for a photo ID today but a drivers license or other photo ID is not actually required by Alabama law.  These are the valid forms of ID that will allow you to vote:

  • Utility bill of voter with voter's name and address
  • Bank statement with voter's name and address
  • Government check with voter's name and address
  • Paycheck with voter's name and address
  • Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by the State of Alabama (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Alabama)
  • Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by any of the other 49 states (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of that State)
  • Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by the government of the United States of America (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of the federal government
  • Valid United States passport
  • Valid Alabama hunting license
  • Valid Alabama fishing license
  • Valid Alabama pistol/revolver permit
  • Valid pilot's license issued by the FAA or other authorized agency of the federal government
  • Valid United States military identification
  • Birth certificate (certified copy)
  • Valid Social Security card
  • Naturalization document (certified copy)
  • Court record of adoption (certified copy)
  • Court record of name change (certified copy)
  • Valid Medicaid card
  • Valid Medicare card
  • Valid electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card
  • Government document that shows the name and address of the voter

Straight Democratic VotingIf a poll worker challenges you for providing one of these forms of ID to vote, call the Alabama Democratic Party immediately at 800-995-3386.  Also call the election protection hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE.  Store those numbers in your phone before you go to the polls  Again, DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT VOTING.  Your main goal today is to VOTE.  Let the lawyers sort the rest of it out next week, but don't leave your polling place without voting.

Remember, one mark (see image at right) can do the whole front side of the ballot. If you vote straight ticket Democratic, your vote will be cast for President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, plus all the other Democrats on the ballot.  It's that simple.

Now get out and vote and after you vote, do something else to help.

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Vote Today! | 2 comments
It was a bit strange (4.00 / 2)

At my polling place, there was this VERY LARGE SIGN that quite specifically (and a bit emphatically) stated that a photo ID was required to vote.  Then, on the opposite door, there was a sign about the same size that had all the, shall we say, "fine print" (driver's license or certified copy of a birth certificate or passport or the dozens of other acceptable, but not always photo-inclusive, ID).

As for the lines there, well, there too was some strangeness.  I arrived at my polling place a little after 8am and the line was out the building.  As I got closer in, the line was actually split.  Apparently the wait was going to be more time-consuming depending on your last name.  Two of the tables where you presented your ID to pick up your ballot were backed up to the outside door.  (I couldn't tell exactly which letters were involved but it looked like the letters were for A-C and M-N.  I'm not really sure how the alphabet was split up--my table was for T-Z and there were 6 tables involved.)  As it was, it took me 10 minutes from entry to exit.  (Of course, I used a "cheat" sheet for the Amendments so it didn't really take as long as it would if I'd just encountered the damn things for the first time.  There were also a number of judicial races that didn't require any real effort--all the state races only had GOPers and the local races only had Dems.)

Yeah, (4.00 / 1)

It looked as if the Dems had a lock on the school races and the Republicans on the judicial.

Wonder if there was some sort of quid pro quo involved here

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