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Nearly 1 in 10 Alabama Voters Listed As Inactive

Nov 2, 2018

Nearly one in 10 voters in Alabama are currently characterized as inactive and will need to update their addresses in order for their votes to count in next week’s midterm elections.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says 301,914 voters are currently listed as inactive. He says those voters can still cast ballots on Tuesday, but they must fill out a form at their polling location in order to update their address.

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

Different states use different methods to maintain their voter rolls. In Alabama, voters are listed as inactive after a mailed registration card is returned as undeliverable, and then the voter fails to respond to a second forwarded postcard.

People can check their voting information and registration status at the Alabama Secretary of State's website, AlabamaVotes.gov.