EUFAULA, Ala- Alabama has been aggressive in its voter registration drive. And thanks to ERIC cards, here in Barbour County, more and more people are signing up to vote.
ERIC is a computerized system that pulls names from electronic databases — such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. It sends cards to people who are not registered to vote. By filling it out and putting it in the mailbox, unregistered voters can become registered.
The cards have begun pouring into the Barbour County Elections Office.
“We’re getting more and more every day, you know. People 50, 60 years old never voted, never registered to vote,” says David Taylor, Chairman of the Board of Registrars in Barbour County.
Taylor credits that to the forward thinking of Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill who has made recruiting voters a top priority.
The state also has the website alabamavotes.org where the computer savvy can register electronically.
Eufaula has a city election coming up on August 23. Voters who have not yet registered to vote, but wish to cast ballots in that election, must get registered no later than Monday.