En español | Alabama offers several ways to register to vote, including online, by mail and in person. Absentee voting is only permitted to registered voters who have an approved reason, such as planned travel on Election Day, illness or physical incapacitation. And those who cast their ballots at the polls will need to show an approved form of ID.
Alabama's Nov. 8, 2022 general election decided races for the U.S. House and Senate, governor, lieutenant governor and many other state and county offices.
Voters are barred from citing the coronavirus pandemic as a reason to vote absentee. And the state's redistricting plan may change which candidates appear on your ballot.
You can only vote absentee if you have an approved reason, such as planned travel on Election Day, illness or physical incapacitation. Voters with a permanent disability must have their primary doctor sign and notarize the application. A list of eligibility requirements is available online at the state elections website. Or call your local Absentee Election Manager to find out if you qualify.
Absentee ballots come with three envelopes: an unmarked one, one with the affidavit, and a pre-addressed mailing envelope. Carefully follow the ballot instructions. Affidavits must be notarized or have the signatures of two witnesses.
There are two ways to submit a completed absentee ballot.
Alabama doesn’t technically offer early voting. But if you apply for and receive an absentee ballot before Election Day, you can hand-deliver it to your absentee election manager’s office no later than 5 p.m. on the day before Election Day.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Use the state’s voter information portal to find your polling place.
Yes. You must have a valid photo ID, such as a current Alabama driver’s license or Alabama nondriver ID to cast your ballot in Alabama. A list of acceptable IDs is on the state’s Elections website. If you don’t have a valid photo ID, you can request a free one at your county board of registrars. You can also request a home visit or group event to obtain a state-issued photo ID via a free mobile unit or call the secretary of state’s office at 800-274-8683 or 334-242-7210.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Nov. 17, 2022. The guide was first published on July 30, 2020.
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