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Secretary of State hopeful State Rep. Allen says John Merrill-era home-visit voter ID policy to remain in place if elected

One of the talking points used by opponents of voter identification at the polling precinct is that some voters may not be able to obtain a photo ID and could be denied the ability to vote in a particular election.

To limit that as a possible hurdle for eligible voters, Secretary of State John Merrill has offered to send a staffer to that individual’s residence if they for whatever reason were unable to obtain the proper identification elsewhere and create one that met Alabama’s voter identification criteria for them.

State Rep. Wes Allen (R-Troy), who is currently the Republican frontrunner to succeed Merrill said if elected, he would keep in place the policy to ensure such individuals would continue to be able to obtain a required ID to exercise the right to vote.

“Secretary Merrill had instituted that policy where if somebody doesn’t have an ID, they will send someone to the house to make sure they have an ID,” Allen said during an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show.” “If someone says they just can’t get an ID, they’re not looking very hard. They’re not trying. If you want an ID, you can get an ID in Alabama.”

“Sure, sure — listen, we want everybody to make sure they got an ID,” he continued, affirming he would keep Merrill’s policy in place. “I mean, my goodness – no doubt.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.

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