VOTING IN ALABAMA
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)
Request a Registration Form

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Postmarked fifteen (15) days before Election Day
In Person: Received by 5:00pm fifteen (15) days before Election Day

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Board of Registrars

Online Registration

Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register online, voter must have a valid Alabama Driver's License or non-driver State ID.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Fifteen (15) days before Election Day

Election Day Registration

Currently, voters are NOT permitted to register to vote on Election Day.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will allow voters to register at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible Alabama residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election may register to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

For registered voters who have moved within the state of Alabama but have not updated their voter registration information.

NEW Address, SAME Polling Place
Voters can vote at their usual polling place after confirming their change of address regardless of how close to the election they moved.

NEW Address, SAME County, NEW Polling Place
Voters can vote a Provisional Ballot at the polling place associated with their new address. The Provisional Ballot will be counted if the County Board of registrars verifies that the voter is registered to vote in the county and lives at an address covered by the polling place where their ballot was cast.

Moved to a NEW County
Voters must update their voter registration before the registration deadline or they may not be eligible to vote.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

Address Confidentiality Program

Alabama currently has no ACP in place. Ask your state representatives to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes from offenders who use public records, such as voter registries, to locate them.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

Only Absentee Voters may vote early in person (AKA "in person absentee voting"). Voters who qualify may apply for an absentee ballot at their Absentee Election Manager's Office and vote that ballot at the same time.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand in-person early voting to all Alabama voters.

Vote-by-Mail

Only Absentee Voters may vote-by-mail. See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand vote-by-mail to all Alabama voters.

Absentee Voting

Only QUALIFIED voters may vote an absentee ballot. Check HERE to see if you qualify.

Absentee Ballot Application (English)
Municipal Ballot Application
Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

APPLICATION DEADLINES
By Mail: Received five (5) days before Election Day
In Person: Received five (5) days before Election Day
Emergency Application: Received by 5:00pm the day before Election Day

For more info on Absentee Voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your Absentee Election Manager

Ask your state representatives to create "no excuse" absentee voting for all Alabama voters.

Do you need Voter ID?

Voters will be asked to present a photo ID from an approved list of IDs . Voters can go HERE for more info.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may still vote a regular ballot if two (2) election officials vouch for the voter's identity and sign an affidavit. Otherwise the voter must vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Voters who are struggling to get an ID from the state of Alabama may get outside help from Spread the Vote, VoteRiders, or Carpool Vote.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the required photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote is challenged
• their name has been marked for receiving an absentee ballot

NOTE: Voters who vote a Provisional Ballot because they did not provide Voter ID have until 5:00pm Friday after Election Day to provide the required ID to their County Board of Registrars in order for their vote to count. Some counties allow voters to fax or email a copy of their ID, and hours may vary.

Check Provisional Ballot Status

Polling Hours

7:00am to 7:00pm - NOTE: Most polling sites are in the Central time zone, but some polling sites in eastern Alabama are in Eastern. Confirm your hours before Election Day.

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 7:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Voters do not need to register with a party and may vote for any candidate in the Primary Election.

PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTIONS
• Voters who voted in the Primary Election MUST vote the same party in the Primary Runoff Election.
• Voters who did NOT vote in the Primary Election may vote for any candidate in the Primary Runoff Election.

Youth Vote in Primary?

NO. You must eighteen (18) or older to vote in a primary or primary runoff election.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which allows voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a General, Runoff, or Special Election to vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Alabama, or students who already live in Alabama but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a disqualifying felony (aka "moral turpitude") must apply to have their right to vote restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole
  • completing their probation
  • paying all court costs, fines, and/or restitution

Voters convicted of a non-disqualifying felony may register to vote and vote while incarcerated, or on probation or parole.

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting should read page 7 & 8 of the Alabama Voter Guide.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.