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Absentee ballots must be requested by Thursday, November 1


The Alabama Secretary of State’s office reminded voters that the deadline to make application for an absentee ballot is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

As required in the Code of Alabama 1975, all applications must be delivered to the county’s Absentee Election Manager by Nov. 1, 2018.

Voters can make application in person if they prefer and gain access to an absentee ballot that same day. If submitting an application by mail, voters can download and complete the form at

Absentee ballots must be postmarked or hand delivered by November 5, 2018 to the Absentee Election Manager’s office in each county. A link to those county offices can be found here.

Remember that in order to participate in any Alabama election you must be a registered voter. The deadline to register for this election is already passed. That was Monday, October 23. To verify that you are a registered and eligible to participate in this general election, click here.

You must also have a valid government issued photo ID in order to participate. If you do not have a photo ID you can obtain a free voter-ID from your Board of Registrars office or by contacting the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

In order to vote on the day of the election you must go to your assigned polling place. To learn which polling location you are assigned go to, click here.

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On Tuesday, October 23, Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said in Huntsville that if you are eligible to vote he wants you to register but that if you have moved away, passed away or been locked away that they will work to make sure that you are removed the voter rolls.

The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is no early voting in Alabama or electronic voting.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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