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Alabama Absentee

ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), any voter who thinks it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling location in the 2020 elections due to the declared state of emergency can vote absentee. Be sure to check the box on the ballot request application that says "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls." You must still submit a copy of your photo ID with the application (if you are 65 years old or older with an underlying medical condition you do not need to submit your ID as long as you provide other identifying information like your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number). Be sure to request your absentee ballot before October 29th to ensure you can vote absentee for the November General Election. The voted absentee ballot must be witnessed by 2 people or have the seal of a notary (if you have an underlying medical condition and provide a written statement about your medical condition you do NOT need a witness or notary) and must be postmarked by the day before the election (and received by noon on Election Day) or hand delivered by 5pm on Election Day for the ballot to count. For more information, please contact your Secretary of State.

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Drop Boxes

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... Read More

Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Alabama voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Alabama

Registration Deadlines

Monday, October 19, 2020
By Mail (postmarked)
Monday, October 19, 2020
In Person
Monday, October 19, 2020
There are no additional election dates scheduled at this time.

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Alabama Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), any voter who thinks it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling location in the 2020 elections due to the declared state of emergency can vote absentee. Be sure to check the box on the ballot request application that says "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls." You must still submit a copy of your photo ID with the application (if you are 65 years old or older with an underlying medical condition you do not need to submit your ID as long as you provide other identifying information like your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number). Be sure to request your absentee ballot before October 29th to ensure you can vote absentee for the November General Election. The voted absentee ballot must be witnessed by 2 people or have the seal of a notary (if you have an underlying medical condition and provide a written statement about your medical condition you do NOT need a witness or notary) and must be postmarked by the day before the election (and received by noon on Election Day) or hand delivered by 5pm on Election Day for the ballot to count. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of States website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. For more information, please contact your Secretary of State.

Those who requested an absentee ballot, but decide they want to vote 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.

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Campaign Finance Information

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For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Official results are not available on Election Day. Unofficial election results will be displayed and updated as precincts begin to report here

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

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

Early voting is not available.

Election Dates

Your next election date can be found here https://www.vote411.org/alabama

You can find more information about upcoming elections in Alabama HERE.

 

Eligibility Requirements

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

To register to vote by mail, you must provide your states Driver's License number, non-Driver's ID number or Social Security Number. To register online you will need a valid  Driver's License or non-Driver's ID from your state to submit that application.

ID Needed for Voting?

Photo ID is required before voting.

Acceptable photo ID include:

  • Alabama Driver's License
  • Alabama 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

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.

Free photo ID available!

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.

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.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in Alabama
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of the precinct
  • State your political affiliation
  • Complete the required training

You will be entitled to compensation. 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.

 

Provisional Voting

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. 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

Any voter who wishes to have assistance is entitled to help. You may ask anyone (except your employer, an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the voter's union) to provide that assistance for you. If you do not request a specific individual, a poll worker may assist you at your request. Polling places should be accessible to people with disabilities. If your specific disability is not accommodated, please contact your county's board of elections.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People with Disabilities resource.

Registration Deadline

You can now register online. You will need to enter your driver license number or a state non-license number when filling out this form.

The registration deadline is 15 days before the elections.

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

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,

 

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Voting Machines

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.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource, or through Verified Voting.

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Secretary of State

PO Box 5616

Montgomery, Alabama 36130-5616

 


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