Absentee voting allows citizens to vote ahead of elections with an absentee ballot. When applying for an absentee ballot, you can apply in-person or through mail for either the application or your ballot. Absentee voting in Alabama has a few steps involved that can be confusing. The following guide is a step by step explanation of how the absentee voting process works for the general election this November.
Step I- The Application
To begin the absentee ballot application process, it is important to ensure you have registered to vote and updated your voter information if your name or address has recently changed. If you need to register or change your address on your registration, you can to do so through this link
After checking your voter registration, you should download and print the PDF version of the absentee ballot application. /make sure it is filled out completely and that you include your signature.
If you are under 65, you will need to send a copy of the front of your photo ID with the absentee ballot application. Please see the information on acceptable IDs here.
If you are over 65, you are not required to send in a copy of your ID and you may select the third box.
Whilechoosing the reason you are applying for an absentee ballot application, keep in mind that the Alabama Secretary of the State decided anyone is capable of voting through an absentee ballot for the November general presidential election. If you plan to vote by absentee ballot in 2020 because of Covid-19, the Secretary of State has instructed voters to select the second box “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls”.
Step I Links:
Register to Vote or Check your Voter Registration:
Download the General Election Absentee Ballot Application:
Absentee Ballot list of Acceptable IDs:
Step II- Mailing you Application
After filling out your absentee ballot application, you will need to deliver your absentee ballot application to the absentee office. You can either mail the application (only one application per stamped envelope is permitted) to the following address:
Debra Kizer Absentee Election Manager
Madison County Courthouse
100 North Side Square
Huntsville, AL 35801
If you would prefer to hand-deliver your form to the absentee office, you can do so at the same address as listed above. Make sure to remember to wear your mask to the courthouse as it is required currently. There is currently an office located on the first floor in the Madison County Courthouse. If you have any questions for the absentee office about the application or absentee voting process, you can call them at 256-532-3684.
Step III- Completing your Ballot
If you choose not to hand-deliver your absentee ballot application, your ballot will arrive in the mail after it has been correctly submitted. There will be specific instructions sent with the absentee ballot that you will need to complete thoroughly. You will need to sign the affidavit envelope (this holds your completed ballot) in front of either two witnesses, or a notary. If you do not know or have a notary or two witnesses available to you, there is a notary amongst the Vote Huntsville volunteers and several volunteers who are more than willing to help you with this step. Notaries are also commonly found at banks.
If you would like help from Vote Huntsville Volunteers in ensuring your ballot has been either witnessed or notarized, please visit our contact page.
Step IV- Mailing the Ballot
Follow the instructions included with your ballot for mailing or hand-delivering your ballot at the same address listed above. Hand-delivered ballots must be received by the absentee elections manager by 4:30 pm on November 2nd. Mailed absentee ballots must be received by noon on November 3rd to be counted (so mail them early)! If the postal service is running slow, or delivers late that day, then your vote will not be counted. Vote Huntsville strongly encourages you to start the absentee ballot process now to counteract any delays in the government receiving your ballot.
You can also visit the Absentee Office in the courthouse and complete the absentee voting process in a single trip.
Vote Huntsville Assistance
- If you don’t have access to a printer, one of the Vote Huntsville volunteers will be happy to bring an absentee ballot application to you, along with a copier to make a photocopy of your ID. Please ensure there is an outlet to plug in the copier.
- If you would like assistance filling out the application, need witnesses, or a notary for your ballot then our volunteers are happy to help!
- If you’d like to deliver your application or ballot in person, but do not have transportation, please let us know. We offer rides to the polls and can drive you to the courthouse to drop those items off. We can also provide the stamps for mailing the application and ballot.
- We hope this has helped explain some of the processes involved with voting by absentee ballot in the general election. Vote Huntsville is here to help you at any step along the way. Please do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions you may have.
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