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Thursday is the last day to apply for absentee ballot for municipal elections

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Thursday is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot in the numerous municipal elections happening around the state on Tuesday. Monday is the last day to hand-deliver your absentee ballot.

Municipal elections are non-partisan.

In-person voting will be Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring a valid photo ID. If you don’t have a photo ID, you can get a free voter ID from your board of registrars office. To participate you must be a registered voter in the town in which you reside.

If necessary, the municipal runoff elections will be Oct. 6, 2020.

Ahead of the Nov. 3 General Election, Secretary of State John Merrill reminds Alabama voters that there are 70 days left to apply for an absentee ballot. In order to protect the safety and well-being of voters, Merrill encourages those who are concerned about contracting or spreading the coronavirus to apply for and cast an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online or requested by visiting or calling the local Absentee Election Manager’s office.

Due to the declared states of emergency, any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual.

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In the case none of the boxes are appropriate, voters can check the box which reads as follows:

“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

For the Nov. 3 General Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 19, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, Oct. 29 the deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager is the close of business Monday, Nov. 2, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, Nov. 2.

 

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

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