Alabama Voter Guides & Resources

Important Voting Deadlines

Absentee Requirement

A voter in Alabama is eligible to vote absentee in an election if he or she cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:

• The voter will be absent from the county on Election Day, or the voter is ill or has a disability that prevents a trip to the polling place.

• The voter is a registered 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.

• The voter is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place, or works a required shift of 10 hours or more that coincides with polling hours.

• 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

Registration Deadlines & Requirements

Alabama Registration Deadline

In-Person: 15 days before Election Day.

By Mail:  Postmarked 15 days before Election Day

Online: 15 days before Election Day.

Alabama Registration Requirements

To register to vote in Alabama you must:

• be a citizen of the United States

• be a resident of Alabama and your county at the time of registration, and be at least 18 years of age by any election in which you wish to vote.

• not have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude (or have had your civil and political rights restored). The list of moral turpitude felonies is available on the Secretary of State web site at:

• swear or affirm to “support and defend the Constitution of the U.S. and the State of Alabama and further disavow any belief or affiliation with any group which advocates the overthrow of the governments of the U.S. or the State of Alabama by unlawful means and that the information contained herein is true, so help me God.


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