Absentee applications and ballots for the July 23 Special Municipal Bond Election are now available at Auburn City Hall. 

In this election, Auburn voters will be casting ballots for or against a referendum that would allow the city to issue bonds in the amount of $46 million to fund two Auburn City Schools facilities projects — major renovations to Cary Woods Elementary School and J.F. Drake Middle School.

The city would then be paid back over time by monies from Auburn's Special 5 Mill Tax Fund, which generates about $4.8 million annually.

Eligible voters who are unable to physically visit their polling place on July 23 may cast an absentee ballot in advance. Voters may cast an absentee ballot if he or she: 

• will be absent from the county on Election Day

• is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place

• is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student or a spouse or child of such a person

• is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place

• works a required shift, 10 hours or more, that coincides with polling hours

Applications and ballots may be obtained at City Hall. Applications must be made in writing to the city manager and either hand-delivered by the voter or mailed to: Auburn City Hall, Attn: Absentee Ballots, 144 Tichenor Ave., Suite 1, Auburn, AL, 36830.

Absentee ballot applications may be made through July 18. The deadline to deliver absentee ballots in person is July 22 by 5 p.m. Absentee ballots delivered by U.S. Mail must be received by noon on July 23. 

Business Emergency or Medical Emergency applications may be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election if the voter is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip or has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician.

The last day to register to vote in the election is July 9, and election results will be canvassed on July 30.

Please note, this will be a municipal election and voting locations may be different from county or state elections. Find more information about the upcoming election, including voting locations, at auburnalabama.org/elections.

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