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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Alabama, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Alabama Election Website or call (334) 242-7200 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

General Election Date
Online Registration Deadline
In-person Registration Deadline
Mail Registration Deadline (received by)

Voting Information for Alabama

Don’t miss your next election!

Your voter registration application must be received by Oct. 19th. You can vote in person on Election Day, or vote by mail in Alabama.

An excuse is required to vote by mail, but COVID-19 is an accepted excuse in 2020. You should indicate “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls” as your reason. ID is required to vote by mail.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Alabama:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a postmark deadline of Monday, November 2nd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline. You can also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Be sure to sign your ballot in the presence of an official notary. They must also sign your ballot. If you are not able to get your ballot notarized, you may have two adult witnesses sign your ballot.


Presidential Primaries

No party affiliation is required at registration to participate in the primary. See Alabama Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Congressional, state and local contests may be on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: None

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot  by Oct. 30th. Then, when you return your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 2nd.

When you return your ballot, it must include an affidavit that is affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses. For more information or to track your ballot, contact your county's Absentee Election Manger.

The absentee voting request period opens on Jan. 1st for each calendar year. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote via absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for Alabama

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • State or federal photo ID is required
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted
  • ID needed to vote absentee

More Chances to Register

Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.


  • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.