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Alabama Voter Information

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Important dates

Local elections

Local elections are held every year and may include school board elections, sheriff elections, and county elections, among others.

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Statewide primary elections

Statewide elections are held by the political parties to select each party’s nominee for the General Election. If there are three or more candidates in a race, and if no one receives a majority of the votes cast, then a second Primary Election or Runoff Election is held between the two candidates who receive the highest number of votes in the first Primary. The winner of this Runoff Election will be the party nominee.

  1. Voter registration deadline.
  2. Last day to apply for an absentee ballot.
  3. Last day to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot.
  4. Primary Runoff Election

Federal general elections

Federal elections are held for U.S. President, U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate.

  1. Voter registration deadline.
  2. Last day to apply for an absentee ballot.
  3. Last day to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot.
  4. General Election

Know your rights

Under Federal law, you have a right to:

  • Vote free from intimidation.
  • Cast a vote by provisional ballot if there is uncertainty regarding your registration status or eligibility.
  • Receive assistance when voting if you are unable to vote unaided due to blindness, disability, illiteracy, or inability to read English; and you have a right to choose who assists you, so long as they are not your employer or union representative.

Under Alabama law, you have a right to:

  • Move to the front of the line at a polling place if you are a person with a physical disability or over the age of 70.
  • Vote after serving a felony conviction if you have fulfilled all terms of the sentence, and have applied for a “Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote.”

ID requirements

When voting in-person on Election Day, you will be asked to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • AL Driver’s License
  • AL Photo Voter ID card
  • Federal-issued ID
  • US Passport
  • AL Movement/Booking Sheet from Prison/Jail System w/photo
  • AL Department of Corrections Release-Temporary ID w/photo
  • Student or Employee ID from public or private college or university in the State of Alabama
  • Student or Employee ID issued by state institution of higher learning in any other state
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID

Forgot your ID?

You can cast a provisional ballot if you forgot your ID. However, for your vote to count, you must provide one of the accepted photo IDs to the Board of Registrars by 5 p.m. on the first Friday following the election.


Don’t have an ID?

You can vote in person by provisional ballot without a photo ID. However, for your vote to count, you must obtain a valid photo ID and submit it to the Board of Registrars by 5 p.m. on the first Friday following the election.

Report issues

Have you experienced or observed voter suppression efforts (e.g. polling place changes, voter purges, intimidation, or local practices that result in long waits to vote on Election Day)?

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About Voting Rights Defender

LDF’s Voting Rights Defender (“VRD”) project broadens monitoring and tracking of voter suppression efforts in targeted jurisdictions months in advance of Election Day to identify as early as possible those suppression measures that warrant a responsive action.

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Our local partners

VRD will connect local partners with a resource team to combat suppressive measures using public exposure/media coverage, advocacy efforts with local actors/decisionmakers (e.g. calls, letters, petitions), and, if necessary, litigation.

Disclaimer: The information here is a resource and not legal advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and not as a substitute for or supplement to the legal advice necessary to address the specific concerns of any individual. Moreover, Alabama may revise its laws after the publication of this site. Therefore, it is your responsibility to determine how all applicable laws concerning voter registration, voting, and the restoration of voting rights in Alabama affect you.