Alabama absentee ballot guide
Last updated: July 2, 2020
- In Alabama, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.
Absentee ballot deadlines
- In-person: 5 days before Election Day
- By-mail: Received 5 days before Election Day
- Online: N/A
- Voted absentee ballots are due: Received by Election Day.
Who can vote by absentee ballot in Alabama
In 2020, any registered voter may request an absentee ballot due to COVID-19 concerns. If you are requesting a ballot due to COVID-19 concerns, you must use the "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls" excuse on the absentee ballot application.
In general, 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
Apply by-mail or in-person
- Download and fill out the Alabama absentee ballot application.
- Sign and date your form.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 5 days before Election Day.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 5 days before Election Day.
Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.
Once your ballot arrives
- Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
- Your voted absentee ballot must be received by Election Day..
Confused? Need help?
Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Alabama.