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Registration Deadline: Voter registration is closed for the ten (10) days before an election
Party Affiliation: No party registration required for primary voting
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS:
Age: Must be 18 years old
Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of your state
Mental Competency: Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court
Felony Convictions: Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)
ID Requirements: Driver’s license number or Social Security number
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
– Local County Board of Registrars
– Driver’s licensing office
– County and select municipal public libraries
– Department of Human Resources
– WIC Program, Department of Public Health
– Medicaid Agency
– Department of Rehabilitation Services
– Public 4-year universities
– Select private 4-year universities
By mail/ in writing : Must write/phone your local elections office
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee
– 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
– Works a required shift, 10-hours or more, that coincides with polling hours
Other absentee voter qualifications: Business/Medical Emergency Voting application can be made 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.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Other absentee ballot information:The absentee ballot application must be returned to the Absentee Election Manager by the voter in person (or by the voter’s designee in the case of medical emergency voting) or by U.S. Mail. No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope as another voter’s absentee ballot application.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: 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 the day prior to the election.
Other absentee ballot submission information: An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signature of two witnesses. If the absentee ballot application is approved, the Absentee Election Manager forwards the ballot by U.S. mail or personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of emergency voting).
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org
Time off to vote: Employees can take time off to vote in any election for which the employee is qualified and registered to vote, unless the employee’s work hours commence at least two hours after the polls open or end at least one hour before the polls close. The employer may determine what hours are available for the employee to vote.
ID Requirements: Photo ID or HAVA approved ID
How to Vote: Paper ballots + Optical scan voting equipment Link to Sample Ballots
Problems with voting: HAVA Voter Complaint Form
One Common Ground, Philipsburg, MT 59858 Hotline: 888-Vote-Smart (888-868-3762)