SB 1, sponsored by Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, reflects an untrue and dangerous narrative about voting rights and the voting process in our state. To learn more about this issue, please read our fact sheet on SB 1.
The bill could come before the full Senate for a vote as soon as Thursday, Feb. 8. It’s important that our state senators hear from their constituents about their concerns about this legislation.
SB 1 would make it a crime for any person to receive funding or a gift for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, prefilling, completing, obtaining or delivering another person’s absentee ballot application.
If prosecuted under this bill, a person could be charged with up to a Class B felony. That is the same offense level as first-degree manslaughter, and it carries up to a 20-year prison sentence. The threat of these criminal penalties likely would have a chilling effect on people who are trying in good faith to assist voters who legitimately need help.
Please reach out to your senator to let them know that you’re a registered voter in their district who doesn’t support this bill or any other legislation that would make it more difficult for Alabamians to vote.