You need to include a copy of your ID with this form. Check our Voter ID Laws page for a list of acceptable forms of ID

No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope as another voter's absentee ballot application.

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Alabama absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: Received 5 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: Postmarked 1 day before Election Day, received by noon on Election Day.

Alabama absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot in Alabama if:

  • You will be absent from the county on Election Day.
  • You are ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place.
  • You are a registered Alabama voter who is temporarily living outside the county (such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside of the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person).
  • You are an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than your regular polling place.
  • You work a required shift - 10 hours or more - that coincides with polling hours.
  • You are a caregiver for a family member who is confined to the home.
  • You are incarcerated but otherwise eligible to vote.

Alabama absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Tracking your ballot

You can track your ballot directly with your state.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.

  2. Provide a copy of an acceptable form of photo ID with your voted ballot. (You must provide a copy of one of the forms of ID listed when you mail back your voted absentee ballot.)

  3. Sign and date the affidavit where indicated.

  4. A notary public or two witnesses must sign your absentee ballot envelope to verify your signature of the affidavit.

  5. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.

  6. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.