The 2018 Midterms is Alabama's next chance to vote. This statewide election will determine seats for local, state, and federal positions. Read more about Voting in the 2018 Midterms: What You Need to Know.
Tips to avoid problems at the polls:
- If you are eligible, you can vote before election day by completing an absentee ballot.
- Take a minute to 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.
- Make sure you have your photo identification with you. Accepted forms include a passport, driver's license, or voter ID card.
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.
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 ballot during the general election. Voters can also choose a different primary to vote in during future elections.
CALL 334-420-1748. If you have a complaint about voting on Election Day, call our hotline to leave a message or submit a comment online. This is not intended to offer assistance or legal advice.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is on the ballot?
- Are there any upcoming candidate forums in my area?
- What ballot initiatives will I be voting on?
- What do I need to do before Election Day?
- How do I restore my voting rights?
- What are my rights when I vote?
Important Dates and Deadlines
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
We have also created resources to help inform Alabamians about voting in the 2018 midterms.
- Handout: 2018 Voter Guide [PDF]
- Infographic: Road to the 2018 Midterms [PNG]
- Infographic: I'm Ready to Be a Voter [PNG]
- Infographic: Crossover Voting in Alabama [PNG]
- Infographic: While You Are Voting [PNG]
Page last revised: August 6, 2018