BY BRUCE BRANUM
The Greenville Standard
Voters who have decided to vote at their polling location for the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General Election will experience a new check-in process to receive their ballot.
When signing in at the polls, voters will check-in using an electronic poll book as opposed to paper books, which will expedite the check-in process.
Butler County Probate Judge Ann Steiner Gregory, who is also the Election Manager for Butler County, is excited about the new electronic poll books and said, “This will be way easier. Poll workers won’t have to look through pages and pages to find the name of the voter checking in.”
The electronic poll books will be pre-loaded with information related to voters including: active voter, polling location, absentee ballot request and if the voter is on the inactive list.
Gregory explained that a citizen, upon entering their polling location, will place their driver’s license face down on the scanner integrated into the electronic poll book. The book will confirm the voter and once the voter signs their name on the screen of the book they will be issued a ballot.
If a voter has a different form of voter identification which cannot be scanned, the voter can type in their name and if they are registered to vote at the polling location, they will be issued a ballot.
A voter can use any of the following forms of photo ID at the polls:
- Valid Driver’s License (not expired or has been expired less than 60 days)
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Driver’s License
- Valid Non-driver ID (not expired or has been expired less than 60 days)
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Non-driver ID
- Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID
- Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
- Valid AL Department of Corrections Release- Temporary ID (Photo Required)
- Valid AL Movement/Booking Sheet from Prison/Jail System (Photo Required)
- Valid Pistol Permit (Photo Required)
- Valid Federal Issued ID
- Valid US Passport
- Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state
- Valid student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
- Valid Military ID
- Valid Tribal ID
A voter who is required to present valid photo identification but who does not do so will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot as provided by law.
The voter casting a provisional ballot will have until 5 p.m. on the Friday after the election to submit valid photo identification at the Voter Registrar’s office located in the Butler County Courthouse at 700 Court Sq., Greenville. Otherwise, the ballot will not be counted.
In addition, a voter who does not have a valid photo ID in his or her possession at the polls shall be permitted to vote a regular ballot if the individual is positively identified by two election officials as a voter on the poll list who is eligible to vote and the election officials sign a sworn affidavit so stating.
Handicap-accessible voting machines are offered at every polling site in the State of Alabama and will be available for use on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters who are disabled or over the age of 70 may move to the front of the line at a polling place upon notifying a poll worker.
A voter may request assistance at the polling place from anyone except the voter’s employer, an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. A poll worker may also assist the voter upon request.
You may find your polling site or check your registration or absentee ballot status online at