VOTING COUNTDOWN: What you need to know
The Office of the Secretary of State has electronically registered the one-millionth voter in Alabama since the implementation in January 2016.
The office says this brings the state’s total number of registered voters to 3,557,172.
If you haven’t registered to vote yet, there is time. You can register to vote by mail, at your local DMV office, or from home.
If you want to vote in the primary, you have to register by Feb. 17.
Offices on the 2020 ballot – according to the Alabama State Marshal’s Office
• President/Vice President
• One U.S. Senate seat
• Seven U.S. House of Representative seats
• Two Supreme Court Associate Justice Seats
• Two Court of Criminal Appeals seats
• Two Court of Civil Appeals seats
• Public Service Commission President
• Four State Board of Education seats
• Circuit court judges
• District court judges
• February 14: Last day to hand deliver voter registration forms
• February 15: Last day to postmark voter registration forms
• February 17: Voter registration deadline. Last day for online voter registration
• February 27: Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot
• March 2: Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot
• March 3: Primary election
Primary Election runoff (if needed)
• March 16: Voter registration deadline
• March 26: Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot
• March 30: Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot
• March 31: Primary election runoff
• October 19: Voter registration deadline
• October 29: Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot
• November 2: Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot
• November 3: General election
Registering to vote
Alabama residents have several options of registering to vote including online registration.
The state can also mail you a voter registration form if you live within the state.
Another option is printing off a PDF form of the voter registration form, filling it out and mailing it to your local board of registrars.
If you are registered to vote but aren’t sure where to go to vote, the Alabama State Marshal’s Office has a resource available to help you figure out where to go.
• Visit myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/voterview/
• Click on “polling place” at the top or bottom of the page
• Enter the county you’re registered in, last name and date of birth
• Click enter
Requesting an absentee ballot
Applying for an absentee ballot requires some paperwork, which can be found at https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/absentee-voting.
This link provides Alabama residents with everything they need to know about applying for and mailing an absentee ballot.
The website also has numerous absentee ballot application paperwork, which can be printed off and mailed to you county’s Absentee Election Manager.
Florala native Catherine Mitchell is one of this year’s Cancer Freeze recipients. She currently resides in Brantley, Ala, with her... read more