Alabama  

Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 15 days before Election Day

 

2020

  • Primary Election Registration Deadline:

    • In-person- February 14;

    • Postmarked- February 15;

    • Online - February 17

  • Primary Election: March 3

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 19

  • General Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

 

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

 

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Alabama’s voter registration form asks for your Alabama driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have a valid Alabama driver’s license or ID number, you may choose to register online.

Alabama requires photo ID to vote both in person and absentee. Acceptable photo IDs are:

  • A valid Alabama driver’s license or Alabama non–driver ID card

  • A valid Alabama voter photo ID card

  • Any other valid photo ID card issued by a state or the federal government

  • A valid U.S. passport

  • A valid employee photo ID card issued by the federal government, Alabama state government, or an Alabama municipal government

  • A valid student or employee photo ID card from a public or private college or university in Alabama

  • A valid U.S. military photo ID card

  • A valid tribal photo ID card

  • If you vote absentee, you must submit a copy of valid photo ID with your ballot.

 

If you do not have a valid photo ID when voting in person, you are still eligible to cast a regular ballot if you are positively identified by two election officials. Otherwise, you may cast a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will not count unless you provide photo ID to the county board of registrars no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday following the election. 

By Mail

You may vote an absentee ballot by mail if you have one of the following reasons:

  • You are a registered Alabama voter living outside the county in which you are registered, including military members, their spouses, and dependents, U.S. citizens residing overseas, and students at colleges or universities located outside their counties of residence;

  • You will be absent from the county or state on Election Day;

  • You are ill or have a physical infirmity that prevents you from going to the polls;

  • Your work shift overlaps with at least 10 of the hours the polls are open on Election Day;

  • You are an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than your own;

  • You are a caregiver to a family member who is confined to his or her home; or

  • You are incarcerated at a prion or jail and have not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude.

  • Applications for absentee ballots must be received by your county’s Absentee Election Manager no later than five days before the election

    • To be counted, an absentee ballot must be notarized or signed by two witnesses over the age of 18.

  • Completed absentee ballots must be returned in person by 5 p.m. on the day prior to the election. Absentee ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager by noon on Election Day.

 

Early In-Person

The absentee voting rules allow you to receive an absentee ballot in person, no later than five days before the election.

You can return your completed absentee ballot in person the same day, but no later than 5 p.m. on the day prior to the election.

You need one of the excuses listed above to qualify for an absentee ballot.

 

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you must be allowed to vote.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

 

Will registering to vote in Alabama affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Although an individual must be an Alabama resident to vote in the state, registering to vote in Alabama does not necessarily change your driver’s license and vehicle registration. For more information, contact the Alabama Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division or an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License Office.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
 
Last updated March 2019