- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s secretary of state says his office is preparing a public outreach campaign about a new requirement in federal voter registration forms.

Secretary of State John Merrill said in a statement Friday that his office is working on a campaign to let Alabamians know that a state-specific change to federal voter registration forms now requires applicants to provide documentation proving they are a U.S. citizen.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Director Brian Newby approved new documentation requirements for residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia without public notice or review by the agency’s commissioners. The move prompted criticism from one commissioner and the American Civil Liberties Union. Newby says the move was a routine administrative action.

Merrill says his office will inform Alabamians of when the new requirement will go into effect.

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