Monday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that former President Donald Trump will be featured in the state’s annual photo voter ID and voter registration drive.
Merrill last November visited Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., where the two discussed issues surrounding election integrity. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the 45th president will appear in television, radio and digital advertisements promoting the initiative. The advertising campaign will begin March 2022.
During the visit, Trump filmed a commercial for Alabama’s voter registration initiative.
“I’m Donald Trump and I love Alabama. As many of you know, there are few issues facing our nation as important as election integrity and election fraud,” says Trump in the commercial. “This is why the people of the great state of Alabama must work together to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat. So get out, register to vote, and get a photo ID so you can make your voice heard and decide the future of our great country. Thank you.”
Trump joins a number of high-profile figures in promoting the state’s voter registration efforts. University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, musicians Jamey Johnson, Riley Green and Jimmy Buffett, and other public personalities formerly assisted with the initiative in previous years.
In addition to advertising, the initiative is promoted on jumbotrons at stadiums around the state. Posters are also provided to courthouses, schools, universities, civic clubs, political rallies and events throughout Alabama.
Included in a release from Merrill’s office announcing the annual initiative was a guideline advising how individuals may obtain a photo ID card and register to vote.
“To receive a free Alabama photo voter ID card, applicants must complete the application and meet the following requirements: they must provide a photo ID document or a non-photo identity document containing their full legal name and date of birth, they must be a registered voter in Alabama, and they cannot have any valid form of photo ID that is accepted at the polls,” the Secretary of State’s office stated.
Merrill’s office added, “To register to vote in Alabama, you must be a U.S. citizen and an Alabama resident, who is 18 years or older on or by Election Day, and the prospective voter cannot be convicted of a disqualifying felony nor declared mentally incompetent.”
May 9, 2022, is the deadline to register to vote in the May 24, 2022, primary election.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL