The local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Alabama vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 29, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 29, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Alabama vote by mail rules
You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in Alabama, but 100% of voters can use COVID-19 as an excuse.
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.
Alabama vote by mail ID requirements
Alabama voters must include a COPY of a valid, government-issued photo ID to request a ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver's license or state ID card; a US passport; a military ID card; a tribal ID; a student or employee ID from any college, university, or technical school in Alabama or any other US state.
The voted ballot must either be notarized or signed by two witnesses.
Alabama vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:
You submit an application to vote by mail
Your local election office processes your application
Your local election office sends your ballot to you
You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.