- 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.
Absentee Ballot Rules
What is Absentee Voting?
Absentee voting (aka “mail-in voting” and “by-mail voting”) is conducted by mail-in ballot before the day of Election Day. All states will mail a ballot to voters if certain conditions are met. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. Some states will let voters apply for an absentee ballot in person before Election Day and then vote the ballot that same day.
- Seventeen states require voters to provide an excuse for voting by absentee ballot.
- Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia offer no-excuse absentee voting.
- Five states have elections that are held by mail-in ballot.