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Today is deadline to request absentee ballot

Thursday, October 29, is the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application for Tuesday’s (November 3rd) general election.

Anyone wanting an absentee ballot should visit the office of your Absentee Election Manager (typically your county’s Circuit Court Clerk) for an application, or fill out the application at home and return it to the Absentee Election Manager, before close of business.

Absentee ballots returned by mail (or commercial carrier) must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 2, and received by the Absentee Election Manager by noon on Election Day (Tuesday, November 3).

If hand-delivered by the voter, the ballot must be in the Absentee Election Manager’s office by close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) Monday.

Applications for business and medical emergency absentee voting can be made after the absentee application deadline, but no later than 5 p.m. the day before the election.

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters also have expanded options for returning completed absentee ballots. Click here for more information.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill reminds voters that anyone concerned about COVID-19 is eligible to vote by absentee ballot — select the box on the accompanying application that reads as follows:

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

For assistance, call the Alabama Secretary of State’s office at 334-242-7210 or toll-free 1-800-274-8683.

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