En español | Alabama’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for the U.S. House and Senate, governor, lieutenant governor and many other state and county offices. The primary was held on May 24, with runoffs held June 21.
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.
The deadline to register for the general election is Oct. 24.
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.
The deadline to apply by mail to vote absentee is Nov. 1. In-person applications are due Nov. 3.
Absentee ballots come with three envelopes: an unmarked one, one with the affidavit, and a preaddressed 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 Nov. 7 for the general election.
The general election is Nov. 8. 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 June 30 with information about how to vote in the general election. The guide was first published on July 30, 2020.
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