Voting Bill Targets Emergency Workers

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A bill awaiting the governor's signature will make it easier for emergency workers to vote when they are called out because of a disaster.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise is the result of Alabama National Guardsmen and others being called to help after Hurricane Sandy hit the Atlantic coast shortly before last year's presidential election. The bill provides that if a governor declares a state of emergency surrounding an election, Alabama's secretary of state can issue an emergency rule to allow workers responding to that emergency to fill out absentee ballots.

The Senate gave final approval to the bill Thursday. Secretary of State Beth Chapman said she's thankful her office now has the ability to make voting easier for first responders.