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Today is absentee ballot application deadline for runoff election

Secretary of State John Merrill is reminding the public that today (Thursday, July 9) is the final day to apply for an absentee ballot for the July 14 primary runoff election.

Secretary Merrill noted that anyone concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) may vote by absentee ballot. Select the box on the application that reads as follows:

“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

Merrill stated, “In collaboration with Governor Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall, and local election officials across the state, we have made it easier and safer for Alabamians to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage anyone who is concerned about going to the polls on Election Day to make application for an absentee ballot today.”

Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online and returned to your local absentee election manager before close of business today, or request an application at the election manager’s office. (Because of today’s deadline — Thursday, July 9 — it is too late to mail/postmark an application.)

The following video walks voters through applying for an absentee ballot:

If hand-delivered, the ballot itself must be in the office of the absentee election manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on Monday (July 13). Monday is also the deadline to postmark an absentee ballot.

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act have until Tuesday (July 14) to postmark their absentee ballot.

Note that since 2017, crossover voting is not allowed in Alabama runoff elections. Voters who cast a ballot in the March 3, 2020, primary election may only vote in that same party’s runoff election.

Voters who did not participate in the March 3 primary election, or who requested a ballot that contained only proposed constitutional amendments, are still able to vote in Tuesday’s runoff election for the party of their choice.

Lauderdale, Colbert and Limestone counties will only have Republican party runoffs on Tuesday.

Click here for sample ballots for all counties.

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