The 2018 Midterms is Alabama's next chance to vote. This statewide election will determine seats for local, state, and federal positions. 

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • May 21, 2018 - Voter registration deadline for the primary election
  • May 31, 2018 - Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the primary election
  • June 4, 2018 - Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot
  • June 5, 2018 - Statewide Primary Election
  • July 2, 2018 - Voter registration deadline for the primary runoff election
  • July 12, 2018 - Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the primary runoff election
  • July 16, 2018 - Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot
  • July 17, 2018 - Statewide Primary Runoff Election
  • October 22, 2018 - Voter registration deadline for general election
  • November 1, 2018 - Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the general election
  • November 5, 2018 - Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot
  • November 6, 2018 - Statewide General Election

To register to vote

  • If you have an Alabama driver's license or Alabama non-driver ID, you can register online at alabamavotes.gov
  • If you live in Alabama and do not have an Alabama ID, you can register by mail or in person by contacting your county's Board of Registrars.

To apply for an absentee ballot:

  • Mail or hand deliver your application to your county Absentee Manager.
  • You can also complete your absentee ballot in person if you will be out of the county on Election Day.

The Ballot

Inactive Status

Check your voting status online at alabamavotes.gov. If your status is inactive, update your registration information

On Crossover Voting

The Alabama legislature passed a law making crossover voting a class C felony. This is the act of casting a ballot in one party's primary and then casting a ballot in a different party's primary run-off.

  • You can vote in any primary during any election as long as you are a registered voter in Alabama. Whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent, you can vote in any party primary, regardless of how you voted in any previous elections.
  • If you vote Republican in the primary, you cannot vote Democrat if there is a primary run-off. If you vote Democrat in the primary, you cannot vote Republican if there is a primary run-off. However, if you did not vote in the primary, you can vote in either party's primary run-off. 
  • Polling places are charged with recording which primary you vote in and checking to ensure you are not crossover voting. However, if you are told you cannot vote in the runoff because of party affiliation and you believe you were listed incorrectly, you can request to cast a provisional ballot. 
  • The crossover ban only impacts a single primary, so after the primary is over, voters can choose any candidate on the ballet during the general election. Voters can also choose a different primary to vote in during future elections. 

Voter ID Requirements

On Election Day, bring one of the following items with you or include a copy with your absentee ballot when you mail it. 

  • Driver's license (any state)
  • Alabama non-driver ID
  • Alabama photo voter ID*
  • State issued ID (any state)
  • Federal issued ID, such as a US passport
  • Employee ID from US government or any entity of Alabama
  • Student or employee ID from a post-high school institution in the state of Alabama
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID

*Individuals who already have one of the other forms of ID should not apply for the Alabama photo voter ID. 

If an eligible voter doesn't have a valid ID and is positively identified by 2 election officials, the officials can state this in a sworn affidavit so that the voter can cast a regular ballot. 

If an eligible voter doesn't have a valid ID, they may cast a provisional ballot. The voter then has until 5pm on the Friday after the election to submit a valid photo ID. Otherwise, the ballot will not be counted.

On Election Day

Polls are always open from 7am to 7pm. 

  • Find your polling place online or by calling the Alabama Secretary of State at 1-800-274-8683. 
  • If you can, vote early in the day to avoid long lines. 
  • If you are in line by 7pm when the polls close, stay in line. You have the right to vote. 

While at the polls, you have the right to:

  • Vote with privacy or confidentiality. 
  • Ask for and/or receive help when going to vote, as long as that person is not an employer or union representative. 
  • Be free from intimidation from campaigners. They must be at least 30 feet from the polling place.
  • Have a fully ADA compliant and accessible polling place. If you do not, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot.
  • Cast a ballot even if your voting status is "inactive." You will simply be asked to update your voter registration information.
  • Complete a provisional ballot if they cannot find your name on the voter rolls.
  • Contact the Alabama Secretary of State at 1-800-274-8683 to lodge a compliant or if you think your rights have been violated.

Additional Resources

Know Your Rights: Voting Rights
How To: Restore Your Voting Rights | Voting Rights Toolkit
ACLU National: Voting Rights | Voter Intimidation

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