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More than 300,000 Alabama voters designated inactive

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(image: WPMI) More than 300,000 Alabama voters designated inactive

Voters who recently received a letter from a third party indicating their voter registration is listed as inactive is causing concerns for Tuesday's election.

The confused voters think they will not be allowed to vote, but such is not the case. Tune in at 6 on NBC 15 to learn why that isn't true.


AP STORY:

Nearly one in 10 Alabama voters are characterized as inactive and will need to update their addresses in order to vote on Tuesday.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said 301,914 voters are listed as inactive.

Merrill said those voters can still cast ballots on Tuesday, but must fill out a form at their polling place to update their address.

Most of those voters were declared inactive during voter roll maintenance when the state was unable to reach the person with mailed postcards.

States use different methods for required voter roll maintenance. Alabama voters are listed as inactive after a mailed registration card was returned as undeliverable and they didn't respond to a second forwarded postcard.

People can check their voting information at the secretary of state's website .

The Mobile County Board of Registrars issued the following statement:

It has come to our attention there is some confusion on the part of many voters who recently received a letter from a third party indicating their voter registration is listed as inactive. The confused voters think they will not be allowed to vote, but such is not the case.
Many of these voters fail to read the full letter explaining on Election Day, election officials at the various polling places will be able to assist the voters (currently listed as “inactive’) as they update their registration information for the Board of Registrars. They will be then be allowed to vote. Voters are asked to allow for extra time at the voting precinct in order to complete this process.
We want to get the word out to voters who are listed as “inactive” they can vote as long as we have their complete up-to-date information filed to the Board of Registrars and that can be done at their polling place on Election Day. In the previously mentioned third party letter, the voter was told they needed to update their voter registration form online, through the mail, or in-person at the Board of Registrars office by Oct. 22. Many of those who have contacted us say they received that letter after the Oct. 22 date.
In the very next paragraph, however, the voter is given the alternative of updating registration information on Election Day as described above. They can update their information at the polling place since they are a previously registered voter. They will then be able to cast their ballot as long as their polling place hasn’t changed. If that’s the case, they will be asked to go to their NEW polling precinct in order to vote.
Voters who have moved to a different county or state must comply with the registration rules established by the Board of Registrars in that county or state, including deadline dates previously established for voter registrations.
If voters have questions, they may call the Alabama Secretary of State’s office (1-800-274-8683) or check the website at: https://alabamavotes.gov for additional voting information. Voters in Mobile County may wish to contact the local Board of Registrars at (251) 574-8586.