Governor Robert Bentley on Friday tasked Neal Morrison,
Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Senior Services, with developing a
plan to help all citizens have access to a photo ID that will comply with the
state's photo voter ID law.
"The right to vote is fundamental
to democracy," Governor Bentley said. "I want to remove any obstacle that
could keep any eligible voter from exercising their constitutional right to
The plan to be developed by
Commissioner Morrison will compliment a photo voter ID plan outlined by
Secretary of State Beth Chapman. Under the proposed regulations announced
by Secretary of State Chapman, citizens without acceptable forms of photo voter
ID can receive a free ID by visiting Department of Public Safety offices, Board
of Registrars offices or the Secretary of State's office.
Governor Bentley is tasking
Commissioner Morrison to develop this additional plan to specifically help the
disabled, the homebound and others who may not have access to those offices so
they can receive this free service as well. The plan will be designed to
provide assistance to citizens of any voting age who are in need of this
"The Alabama Department of Senior
Services works with more than a dozen regional councils throughout the state to
provide various services for the elderly and the disabled," Commissioner
Morrison said. "We also work with hundreds of community groups, senior
centers, churches and other organizations that serve people in communities
across the state. We'll work to identify those who need help gaining
access to a proper ID, and we'll outline a plan to help ensure they get what
Commissioner Morrison added that
he looks forward to working with the Secretary of State's Office on
accomplishing this goal. Commissioner Morrison is expected to present a
detailed plan to Governor Bentley within 120 days.
"A photo ID benefits people in many different ways, such as protecting voters from the possibility of someone else casting a ballot in their name," Governor Bentley added. "I want all Alabamians to be able to exercise their right to vote. My efforts are designed to help ensure that nothing stands in the way of that right."
INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor's Press Office