Registration Deadline: Voter registration is closed for the fourteen (14) days before an election
Party Affiliation: No party registration required for primary voting
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 years old
Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Alabama
Mental Competency: Have not been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
Felony Convictions: Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)
ID Requirements: Have a specific type of photo identification at the polls in order to vote, from the following:
- Valid Driver's License
- Valid Non-driver ID
- Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID
- Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
- Valid Federal Issued ID
- Valid US Passport
- Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state
- Valid student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
- Valid Military ID
- Valid Tribal ID
If a voter does not have one of the approved forms of photo ID as stated in the law, then he or she may receive a free Alabama photo voter ID from various locations including the Secretary of State's Office, local county board of registrars' offices, and a mobile location to be determined by the Secretary of State's Office.
To download the application for a free photo ID, click here.
If a voter possesses any of these forms of ID, he/she is not eligible to receive a free Alabama photo voter ID card.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
- Local County Board of Registrars
- Driver's licensing office
- County and select municipal public libraries
- Department of Human Resources
- WIC Program, Department of Public Health
- Medicaid Agency
The postcard voter registration form is also available at:
- Public 4-year universities
- Select private 4-year universities
-Driver's licensing office
-County and select municipal public libraries
-Department of Human Resources
-Wic Program, Department of Public Health
-Department of Rehabilitation Services
By mail/ in writing : http://www.alabamavotes.gov/vb/vr-req.aspx?a=voters
By fax: 334-242-2444
Other Voter Registration Application Information: Alabama Voter Hotline: 1-800-274-8683
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee?
- Will be absent from the county on election day
- Is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
- Is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
- Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place
- Works a required shift, 10-hours or more, that coincides with polling hours
Other absentee voter qualifications: Business/Medical Emergency Voting application can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election, if the voter is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In person: Visit the local absentee election manager(usually the Circuit Clerk) to request and absentee ballot.
By mail: Link to address/contact info - County election offices
Military and oversees voting: http://www.alabamavotes.gov/MilitaryOverseas.aspx?m=voters
Other absentee ballot information:The absentee ballot application must be returned to the Absentee Election Manager by the voter in person (or by the voter's designee in the case of medical emergency voting) or by U.S. Mail. No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope as another voter's absentee ballot application.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on election day. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on the day prior to the election.
Other absentee ballot submission information: An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signature of two witnesses. If the absentee ballot application is approved, the Absentee Election Manager forwards the ballot by U.S. mail or personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of emergency voting).
Early voting qualifications: There is no early voting in Alabama, see absentee voting if unable to vote on election day.
Verifying provisional ballot status: https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/
Verifying absentee ballot status: https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/
Verifying Registration: https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/
Deciding how to vote: http://votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Employees can take time off to vote in any election for which the employee is qualified and registered to vote, unless the employee's work hours commence at least two hours after the polls open or end at least one hour before the polls close. The employer may determine what hours are available for the employee to vote.
Polling Place: https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/
ID Requirements: Photo ID or HAVA approved ID
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