be a resident of Alabama and your county at the time of registration
be 18 years old before any election not have been convicted of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary (or have had your civil and political rights restored)
not currently be declared mentally incompetent through a competency hearing
swear or affirm to “support and defend the Constitution of the US and the State of Alabama and further disavow any belief or affiliation with any group which advocates the overthrow of the governments of the US or the State of Alabama by unlawful means and that the information contained herein is true, so help me God”
Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.
Alabama absentee ballots
Absentee ballot application deadline:
Received 5 days before Election Day
Voted ballots are due:
Postmarked by the day before Election Day (by mail). Received by 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day (in person).
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
No. Alabama does not allow in-person early voting.
There are no special ID requirements for first-time voters since all Alabama voters need to provide ID when voting in person or by absentee ballot.
All absentee voters must include a copy of their ID with their absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of voter ID include: Government-issued photo ID; Employee photo ID; Alabama college, university photo ID technical or professional school photo ID; utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck, or paycheck with voter's name and address; Valid ID card (authorized by law) issued by the State of or by any of the other 49 states or issued by the US government; US passport; Alabama hunting or fishing license; Alabama pistol/revolver permit; Valid pilot's license; Valid US military ID; Birth certificate; Social Security card; Naturalization document; Court record of adoption; Court record of name change; Valid Medicaid or Medicare card; Valid electronic benefits transfer card; Government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
In most cases, no. There are two conditions, however, under which you can apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot:
You are required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip
You have a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician
If you face either of these situations, contact your Local Election Official and ask for an Emergency Absentee Ballot. Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications can be submitted after the absentee ballot application deadline but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers