Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines
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Alabama Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Absentee voting is available beginning 55 days before the election, if you meet any of the criteria below. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 5 days before the election (in person, 7 days in advance if delivered by mail). Voted ballots must be received either by noon on Election Day if delivered by mail, or by close of business a day before Election Day in order to be counted.
If you vote an absentee ballot you must submit a copy of a valid photo ID. If you are entitled to vote absentee through the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, or any other federal law, you are not required to show the photo ID when voting absentee.
Absentee Voting Eligibility
You may cast an absentee ballot if you:
Will be absent from the county on Election Day
Are ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
Are a registered Alabama voter living outside the county
Are an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than your regular polling place
You are working a required shift of ten hours or more that coincides with polling hours
Are a caregiver for a family member (to the second degree of kinship) and the family member is confined to their home
Currently incarcerated in prison or jail, but have not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude.
Business and medical emergency voting applications can be made after the absentee deadline, but no later than 5:00 pm on the day before the election, if you:
Are required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on Election Day for an emergency business trip
Are a caregiver of a person who requires emergency treatment by licensed physician within 5 days before an election
Has a family member to the second degree of kinship by affinity or consanguinity die within 5 days before an election
Have a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician
Upon receiving the absentee ballot application, the absentee election manager may request additional evidence on the reason for voting absentee if you have a history of absentee voting.
If the absentee ballot application is approved, the absentee election manager forwards the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, or personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of emergency voting).
You can return the absentee ballot:
By U.S. mail
By personally hands the absentee ballot to the absentee election manager (or delivers by a designee in case of emergency absentee voting)
By commercial carrier
Your absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received no later than noon on election day. If it is hand delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (no later than 5 pm) on the day prior to the election.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person may only do so by a provisional ballot. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.Request your Ballot
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
No drop boxes are available. You may hand-deliver your ballot to the Absentee Election Manager’s office in your county. You can look up the address of your county Absentee Election Manager office here.
Early voting is not available.
To be eligible to vote, you must be:
- A United States Citizen
- A resident in Alabama
- At least 18 years old
- Not convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have had your rights restored)*
- Not legally declared mentally incompetent by a court
Note: If you turn 18 years old after the registration deadline (14 days before an election), you can still vote in the upcoming election! Just be sure you submit your registration application before the 14 day deadline to ensure you're registered as you turn 18.
*The list of disqualifying felonies can be found here.
ID Needed for Voter Registration
ID Needed for Voting?
Photo ID is required before voting.
Acceptable photo ID include:
- Alabama Driver's License
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Driver's License
- Alabama Non-Driver ID
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Non-Driver ID
- Alabama Photo Voter ID
- State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
- Federal Issued ID
- US Passport
- Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state
- Student or employee ID from a college of university in the state of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
- Military ID
- Tribal ID
- Valid AL Department of Corrections Release Temporary ID (photo required)
- Valid AL Movement/Booking Sheet from Prison/Jail System (photo required)
- Valid Pistol Permit (photo required)
If you do not have a valid photo ID you may vote only if you are identified by two election officials in the polling place as a voter on the poll list who is eligible to vote and the election officials execute an affidavit stating this.
If you do not have a valid photo ID and the election officials are not able to identify you, you must cast a provisional ballot.
If you do not have a photo ID, you can get one from the Secretary of State or from your county Board of Registrars. You are able to get a new photo ID card each time you move within the state.
If you are elderly or have a disability such that your polling place is not accessible, you are not required to produce identification when voting by absentee ballot.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted by noon, 7 days after the election.
Unofficial election results will be announced on Election Night and will be displayed and updated as precincts begin to report here.Official Results
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker, you must:
- Be registered to vote in Alabama
- Be registered to vote in the precinct you want to work in
- Attend a mandatory poll working training
- Not be a member of a candidate's immediate family or the second degree of kinship
- Not be a member of a candidate's political committee
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Beginning in 2019, students may be eligible to work as unpaid poll worker interns on Election Day. You must be at least 16 years old at the time of the election, and be a junior or higher in High School. Click here for more information!
Polling Place Hours
Polling places are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Polling Place Locator
You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.
A provisional ballot is voted the same as any other ballot except you must sign an affidavit attesting to your eligibility to vote and complete a voter update form. Reasons you may vote a provisional ballot include:
- Your name does not appear on the official list of voters for the precinct or polling place and your registration cannot be verified by the registrar or the judge of probate
- An inspector knows you are not allowed to vote at that precinct
- You are unable to show acceptable photo ID
- The polling place closing time is extended by federal or state court order
- You had requested, but not voted, an absentee ballot
If your name is not on the poll list, the provisional ballot will be counted only if the county board of registrars is able to confirm, after the election, that you are a duly qualified elector of the county.
When you cast a provisional ballot because you did not have proper identification at the polling place, you have until the Friday following the election to submit the ID to the board of registrars. If proper ID is submitted by this deadline, the ballot will be counted. You may also cast a provisional ballot if you did not receive a requested absentee ballot or did not vote the absentee ballot.
Provisional ballots are counted by noon, 7 days after the election. To find out if your provisional ballot was counted, use your state's provisional ballot tool.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
All voters have the right to cast a ballot. If you need assistance you have options.
Accessible Absentee Voting Options:
Absentee voting starts 55 days before the election. Each county has at least one handicap accessible voting machine to assist voters with disabilities with absentee voting. Or, if you meet the criteria to receive an absentee ballot by mail you may vote from home. If you are permanently disabled you may vote absentee on an on-going basis. You must apply to receive an absentee ballot for all county, state and federal elections, and have the application signed and notarized by your primary physician. There is a separate application for municipal elections. The application is good for all elections during the calendar year, or if the cycle spans multiple years the application is good for the entire election cycle. You must apply for an absentee ballot annually if you wish to receive a ballot.
Accessible In-Person Voting Options:
Handicap-accessible voting machines are at every polling site in Alabama and are available whenever polls are open. If you are disabled or over the age of 70 you may move to the front of the line at the polling place, just ask a poll worker to move you.
You may request assistance at the polling place from anyone except your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union. If you need help you may ask a poll worker to assist you.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People with Disabilities resource.
Time Off To Vote
Time off to vote is available for those whose work hours exceed polling place hours. If not, employers are not required to give time off to vote. The necessary time off shall not exceed one hour. Whether this time is paid varies by town.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration status,
The voting system used in Alabama is optical scan.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
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