Alabama voter registration guide
Last updated: July 10, 2020
Check your Alabama voter registration status
If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your Alabama registration using the Alabama voter registration lookup tool.
If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.
Alabama voter registration deadlines
- Online deadline: 15 days before Election Day
- By-mail deadline: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day
- In-person deadline: 15 days before Election Day
Alabama voter registration rules
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;
- be 18 years old before any election;
- not have been convicted of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary (or have had your civil and political rights restored);
- not currently be declared mentally incompetent through a competency hearing;
- swear or affirm to “support and defend the Constitution of the US and the State of Alabama and further disavow any belief or affiliation with any group which advocates the overthrow of the governments of the US or the State of Alabama by unlawful means and that the information contained herein is true, so help me God”; and
- not have been convicted of treason or impeachment. If you have been convicted for murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture, enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes, soliciting a child by computer, production of obscene matter, parents or guardians permitting children to engage in obscene matter, possession of obscene matter, or possession with intent to distribute child pornography, you must receive a pardon before voting. If you have been convicted of another felony that is listed as a crime of moral turpitude, you must seek a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote. If you have another felony (such as a DUI), you ARE eligible to vote.
Register to vote online in Alabama
You can register to vote online if you have an Alabama driver's license or state ID card. If not, you can register to vote by mail or in person.
Register to vote by mail in Alabama
- Review the “Voter registration rules” section above and check that you're eligible.
- Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: Provide your Alabama driver’s license number or non-driver ID card number. If you do not have either of these numbers, provide the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have any of these numbers, write "NONE" in this space.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: You do not have to register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: You are required to fill in this box; however, your application will not be rejected if you fail to do so.
- Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
- Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
- Your voter registration form must be postmarked 15 days before Election Day
Register to vote in person in Alabama
- Contact your local election office to find exactly where to go register to vote in person.
- Bring your Alabama driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring ONE photo ID that shows your name, and ONE document that shows your name and Alabama address. Acceptable documents include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote in Alabama.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Alabama elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103‐5616