Voter Registration

Absentee Voting

  • The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is the 5th day prior to any election unless there is a work or medical emergency. Absentee ballots must be returned the day before the election unless the person is overseas. 
  • Find out what circumstances qualify you to vote absentee at alabamavotes.gov. This includes being out of the county, being sick, having a disability that prevents you from travelling to your polling place and/or having a polling place that is not accessible. 
  • 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.

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. Get a free photo voter ID from the Alabama Secretary of State's office, any county registrar, or from the mobile ID unit which travels around the state. For a list of upcoming locations, go to https://sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/photo-voter-id/mobile-id-locations.

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.

Page last revised: November 15, 2018

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