How to Vote in Alabama
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How to Register to Vote in Alabama
As an Alabama resident, you can register to vote online, by mail, or in person. To complete the voter registration process online, you must have a valid Alabama driver’s license or identification card. You must confirm your age, citizenship, and eligibility to vote in the state.
After you provide your driver’s license or ID card number, you’re asked for additional information, including the county you live in and your address. Upon submission, your local county board of registrars processes your application and you’re registered to vote.
If you prefer to register to vote by mail, you can access the voter registration application online, fill in your information, and print it. Sign and date the application and mail it to your county board of registrars for processing. If you don’t have access to a printer at home, you can request a mailed voter registration application from the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.
To register to vote in person, bring your ID or driver’s license to one of the following:
- A participating municipal or county public library;
- Department of Rehabilitation Services office;
- Medicaid agency;
- Driver’s license office;
- Department of Public Health office;
- Department of Human Resources office.
You must submit your voter registration application at least 14 days before election day to participate in the election.
Am I Registered to Vote in Alabama?
Visit the Alabama Votes website to check on your voter registration status. When you provide your county, name, and date of birth, the system pulls up your voter registration record. You can find your voter registration status, closest polling place, and the districts in which you’re eligible to vote.
Early Voting in Alabama
While Alabama does not allow for early in-person voting, you can apply to receive an absentee ballot. You must complete the Absentee Ballot application and provide a valid reason that you need a mailed ballot and cannot participate in the election in person. Mail your application to your county’s Absentee Election Manager office at least five days before the next election.
If you qualify to receive an absentee ballot, you must return it to the Absentee Election Manager office no later than 5 p.m. on the day before election day. If you mail it back, it must be postmarked no later than one day before election day. Once submitted, you can check the status of your absentee ballot online.
Voting in Alabama on Election Day
If you have your voter registration card, it includes information on your nearest polling place. You can also look up your nearest polling place online. Most Alabama polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. To vote, bring your voter registration card and your ID or driver’s license.
Why Voting Is Important
Your vote is used to help determine elected government officials in local and national elections. When you vote in the general election on November 3, 2020, you’ll have a say in who you believe will be the best President of the United States. The person elected has the ability to make dramatic changes to public policy, which may have an affect on:
- The Alabama minimum wage.
- Health insurance costs and accessibility.
- Legislation to prevent predatory lending.
- State tax laws in Alabama.
- Gender equality laws and equal rights protections.
To ensure you’re eligible to exercise your right to vote on election day in Alabama, it’s important to check your voter registration status. Follow the steps to register to vote and review your status prior to election day so you can participate.
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