The Secretary of State’s AlabamaVotes.gov site and other resources offer several tools that let voters look up their polling places, check which races will be on their specific ballots, get information on absentee voting and even research candidates more deeply. Here’s a sampling of what’s available.
Registration and Polls: You can verify your registration and polling place, check the status of your provisional or absentee ballot, or look up which districts your home falls in at the site.
You also can register to vote in the November elections on the site. The deadline has passed for registering to vote in the runoffs.
Absentee Voting: There is still time to cast an absentee ballot if you are infirm or will be out of the county on election day. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is July 12. You can get an absentee ballot application from the circuit clerk’s office or online. The ballot must be postmarked or returned to the clerk’s office by close of business the day before the election.
In an emergency, you can obtain an absentee ballot from the circuit clerk’s office the day before the election, but they also must be mailed or returned by hand before the office closes that day.
No Crossover Voting: The July 17 runoff is the first one being held under the statewide no crossover rule. Voters who voted a ballot for one party in the June 5 primary cannot switch for the runoff and vote the other party’s ballot next Tuesday.
ID You’ll Need: To vote in Alabama, you must present photo identification or a free Alabama Photo Voter ID card.
Forms of identification accepted include a valid Alabama driver’s license or non-driver ID card, state or federal-issued ID, U.S. passport, employee ID from the federal, state, county or municipal government, student or employee photo ID from a college or university, U.S. military photo ID card and a tribal photo ID card.
A voter without a valid form of photo identification can vote on a regular ballot if he or she is positively identified as an eligible voter in the precinct by two election officials. If the voter cannot be identified by two election officials, he or she can vote on a provisional ballot.
For more information, visit www.alabamavoterid.com or call the Secretary of State Elections Division at 800-274-8683 or 334-242-7210.
Research Campaign Funding: If you’re Interested in knowing more about the source of funds backing the candidates, you can look up their detailed contribution and spending reports on the Secretary of State’s website. You also can research by contributor to see all the political donations a particular person or group has made. Or you can look up all donations made in a range of amounts or on specific dates at the same site.
League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters’ election site, 411.org, also asked candidates for statewide offices to fill out a questionnaire. At that site, you can read their responses to the league’s issues questions and get a personalized ballot listing only the races in which you can vote.
Vote Smart: You can find other information about candidates at Vote Smart. In addition to biographical information, the site shows how incumbents in state offices voted on key issues, along with their positions on select issues if the candidate filled out Vote Smart’s questionnaire.
Suspected Problems at the Polls: If you suspect you have encountered irregularities in state and local elections, including suspected campaign finance irregularities, you can report the incidents through the Secretary of State Office’s Stop Voter Fraud Now website. All reports of alleged violations filed through the web site will be kept confidential.