On November 2, Alabama, like 36 other states, will hold elections for the state’s constitutional offices, state legislative offices, and congressional offices, as well as one of its United States Senate seats. Bradley Arant Boult Cummings encourages everyone to exercise their right to vote in the elections.
In order to vote, a person must be registered. In Alabama, the deadline for new voter registration, or to change an existing registration, for the November election is this Friday, October 22. Registration can be completed at the Board of Registrars for the county in which you reside.
To register to vote in the State of Alabama, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a United States citizen
- Reside in Alabama
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)
- Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court
Upon registration, you will be assigned a location at which to vote on election day.
If a voter anticipates he or she will be unable to vote on election day, an absentee ballot may be cast. For the November 2 election, an application for an absentee ballot must be received by the Absentee Ballot Manger in the county in which the voter is registered by October 28. An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on election day. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on Monday, November 1.
A voter may cast an absentee ballot if he or she:
- Will be absent from the county on election day;
- Is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place;
- Is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person;
- Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place; or
- Works a required shift, 10-hours or more, that coincides with polling hours.
Business or Medical Emergency Voting
Additionally, a voter may utilize Business or Medical Emergency Voting after the absentee deadline, but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election, if the voter:
- is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or
- has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician.
In such cases, the business emergency application contains an affidavit acknowledging that the voter was not aware of the out-of-county business trip prior to the normal absentee ballot deadline. The medical emergency application requires that the attending physician describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency.
Alabama voters will elect a governor, lt. governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, and commissioner of agriculture and industry, along with 140 state representatives and senators. All positions are for four year terms. Additionally, various local and statewide judicial positions, include state Supreme Court seats, are on the ballot this year. Judicial terms are for six years.