Absentee ballot

The Absentee Election Office is now open to the public to begin voting for the June 5 primary election.

May 31 is the last day voters may apply for a regular absentee ballot for the primaries.

June 1 is the last business day before the election and is the last day to vote a business emergency ballot. This is also the last day voters can return in person, his or her regular absentee ballot.

No one, not even a family member, can return another person’s ballot, (except a medical emergency voter named designee). 

Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than June 4. This is a state holiday, but the Absentee Office may be open depending on the county holiday schedule.

On June 5, mailed ballots must be received in the U.S. mail no later than noon. Voted medical emergency ballots must also be delivered by the voter's designee must be received no later than noon.

Any qualified elector may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person at the absentee election manager's office, if he or she makes application in writing not less than five days prior to the election and meets one of the following requirements:

1. The person will be out of the county or state on Election Day.

2. The person has any physical illness or infirmity which prevents his or her attendance at the polls, whether he or she is within or without the county on the day of election.

3. The person works a shift which has at least 10 hours which coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place.

4. The person is enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of his or her personal residence (attendance) at which prevents his or her attendance at the polls.

5. The person is a member of, or spouse or dependent of a member of, the armed forces of the United States or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.

6. The person has been appointed as an election officer or named as a poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place.

An applicant for an absentee ballot who is a member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty or active duty training or an applicant who is the spouse of any member of the armed forces or any other applicant qualified to vote absentee pursuant, may make application for an absentee ballot by filling out the federal postcard application form, authorized and provided for under the provisions of the Federal Voting Assistance Act.

Applicants listed in this section who wish to vote in Municipal Elections must submit the application to the absentee manager designated for Municipal Elections.

Applications for absentee voting are available at the Absentee Election Manager’s Office located at 205 S. 10th Street, Opelika, AL 36801. Applications can also be requested by mail at P.O. Box 1616, Opelika, AL 36804 or online at the Secretary of State's web page, www.alabamavotes.gov .

Those serving in the United States armed forces (including spouse) should contact their commanding officer for an application or may go online at www.alabamavotes.gov 

To be issued an absentee ballot in primary elections voters must specify on the application if they want a Democrat or Republican ballot.

Completed absentee applications must provide the Alabama residence where the voter is registered to vote, even if the ballot is to be mailed to another address where the applicant voter regularly receives mail.

If you have moved and have not updated your polling place you should contact the local Board of Registrars and update your address prior to applying for an absentee ballot.

Any completed application must be returned by the voter in person or be sent by US Mail. No one, not even a family member, can return another person’s application. Multiple applications cannot be mailed in the same envelope.

The absentee election manager may not give any person access to completed and filed applications for absentee ballots. This information is not a matter of public record. It should be considered privileged information just the same as voter registration applications.

The absentee election manager shall forward absentee ballots by U.S. mail to the applicant’s residence address or upon written request of the voter, to the address where the voter regularly receives mail or by handing the ballot to the voter in person or, in the case of medical emergency voting, to his or her designee in person.

Voter identification instructions will accompany each absentee ballot and must be carefully followed to ensure that the ballot meets the requirements of the law. For more information visit www.alabamavotes.gov.

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