Deadlines to participate in the Nov. 8 election are coming up quickly.
Monday is the last day you can register to vote.
You can register to vote at your local Board of Registrars, which in Jefferson County is in the courthouse in downtown Birmingham. You also can download a registration form here and mail it to your Board of Registration. The address for Jefferson County is 716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N, Ste A-410, Birmingham, Alabama 35203-0115. Addresses for other counties can be found here.
To check your voter registration status and find your polling place, go here.
Complete information on voter registration can be found here.
Nov. 1 is the last day election officials will accept applications for absentee ballots that are mailed in, and Nov. 3 is the last day to apply for absentee ballots in person. Go here to find your county and apply for an absentee ballot.
The last day to turn in the filled out absentee ballots by hand to election officials is Nov. 7, the Monday before election day. Absentee ballots mailed in must be received by noon on election day.
There are limited reasons a person could be allowed to vote by absentee ballot. Two years ago, fear of exposure to COVID-19 was temporarily considered an acceptable reason, but it is not any longer. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, a voter may vote by absentee ballot if he or she:
- Expects to be absent from the county on election day
- Is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
- Is 65 or older or disabled and physically incapacitated and will not be able to vote in person because they cannot access their assigned polling place due to one of the following disabilities neurological, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular or other life-altering disorder that affects his or her ability to perform manual tasks, stand for any length of time, walk unassisted, see, hear or speak.
- Is a registered alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
- Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place
- Expects to work a required shift, 10-hours or more, that coincides with polling hours
- Is a caregiver for a family member to the second degree of kinship by affinity or consanguinity and the family member is confined to his or her home
- Is currently incarcerated in prison or jail and has not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude