Voter registration

To be able to cast a ballot in the June 5 primaries, Lee County residents should register to vote before the Monday deadline.

Lee County Board of Registrars Chairperson Becky Bailey said the easiest way to register is by going online to www.alabamavotes.gov. People can also register in-person at the Registrars Office, which has been temporarily relocated to the Lee County Meeting Center at 205 S. 10th St. in Opelika. If registering in-person, the deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Those that register online can do so up until midnight on Monday.

"It's easiest to just come up (to the office) or do it online," Bailey said. "That way it gets taken care of right then."

She also advised Lee County residents to make sure their information is updated, such as a name change or address change. These changes can be made at the polls on June 5, but Bailey recommends people take care of them online.

"You just complete a new application, and we'll know it's an update when we get into the computer," she said.

If voters decide to wait until election day to update their information, they will be given the appropriate forms after they show identification and check in.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 5 for the primary election.

For those who may miss the primary election voter registration deadline, a separate deadline will be set in the case of any primary run-off elections. Any run-off elections would take place on July 17 and the deadline to register to vote in the run-off would be July 2.

Voters should keep in mind that Alabama law prohibits anyone who voted in one party's primary from voting in another party's primary run-off. A run-off election would occur if no one candidate gets a 50 percent majority in the primary election.

For those who qualify to vote absentee, the last day to apply for an absentee ballot is May 31.

June 4 is the last day a voter can hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot. The only exception to that is for uniformed and overseas absentee voters, who can postmark their ballots on election day.

For more information about absentee voting or how to apply for a ballot, go to www.alabamavotes.gov.

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