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2020 Election: What to bring to the polls

In order to vote on November 3rd, you will need to show a valid photo ID.
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ALABAMA, USA — More people are voting absentee this year than ever, but thousands of people in North Alabama are still expected to vote at the polls.

If you're voting in person for the general election, it's important to be prepared.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you show up to the right place. Click here to double check where your voting precinct is.

It's also a good idea to make sure your voter information is up to date. The last day to update your information or register to vote is October 19th.

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Once you know where to go, make sure you have all you need. In order to vote, you will need to show a valid photo ID.

Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger said, "The most common piece of identification is a drivers license or a state issued identification card. The thing you need to remember is it must be government issued and it must have a photo."

There are ten different types of photo ID that are accepted. Click here for the list of identification accepted to vote.

If you don't have a valid photo ID, you can get a free Alabama photo voter ID card. Click here for more information.

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Due to the pandemic, election officials are encouraging people to wear a face mask and to bring a pen to the polls.

"Any marking device will work on a ballot as long as it isn't transparent, so you couldn't use something like a highlighter but any kind of marking device you might have will work," said Barger.

If you do not bring a pen, they will have some there for you. You will not be denied your right to vote if you do not wear a face mask.

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Election officials are expecting historic turnout in the general election. Because sanitization and social distancing may slow down the process, election officials say to bring patience.

Click here to view our full election guide.

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