You can vote in-person absentee in your state.
Due to COVID-19, Alabama voters may vote in person with an absentee ballot through Oct. 29th at their county courthouse. This means you come to the courthouse with your valid photo ID, request a ballot from the clerk, fill out your ballot and return to the clerk, who will notarize the ballot when you return it.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Alabama. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Oct. 29th.
Due to COVID-19, your state has expanded vote by mail access for the November 2020 election. That means that ‘COVID-19’ qualifies as an excuse to request your absentee ballot.
P.S. If COVID-19 wasn’t affecting the U.S. right now, your state would have stricter requirements for you to qualify to vote by mail.
Grab two friends! After you complete your ballot, you must sign the affidavit oath on the return envelope in the presence of two adult witnesses or a notary. They must sign, too. Note that your ballot will come with three envelopes. You must use them all! (1) Seal the ballot in the blank secrecy envelope provided. (2) Place that envelope inside the envelope with an affidavit, and seal in the presence of two adult witnesses or a notary. Sign the affidavit. The witnesses or notary must sign, too. (3) Lastly, place the affidavit envelope in the pre-addressed outer envelope. If you do not follow the instructions and use all three envelopes your ballot could be tossed.
Go ahead and make two copies of your photo ID! You need to include a copy of your photo ID with your application to vote by mail and with your completed absentee ballot itself. Info here on what qualifies as photo ID in Alabama.
For more information or to track your ballot, contact your county's Absentee Election Manager. Alabama does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.
If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. That's better than not voting, but may not be counted.
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Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.