If you are planning to go to the courthouse to vote ahead of Election Day, then you need to do it by Thursday, which is the last day to vote in person absentee in Alabama and the last day to request an absentee ballot.
To vote in-person absentee, find and go to your local election manager’s office. [Locations by county can be found here.]
You must have a valid photo ID to participate in any Alabama election, and you have to be a registered voter in Alabama. If you are not already registered to vote, while you can still register, it is too late to register to participate in this election.
Voters who do not have a valid photo ID can get a free voter ID from their local board of registrars or the secretary of state’s office.
When filling out your absentee ballot request, check the box that applies to your situation, or, if you’re voting absentee because of COVID-19, select “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”
No additional proof other than a valid photo ID is required. Then you can receive, fill out and turn in your ballot. Some offices may close early due to Hurricane Zeta. Play it safe by going early.
If you have an absentee ballot already, get it in the mail as soon as possible or hand deliver it to the election manager. If you miss today’s deadline to request an absentee ballot, you can still vote in person, like most people, at your assigned polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The state accepts a number of current photo IDs including:
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Driver’s License
- Valid Alabama Nondriver ID (not expired or has been expired less than 60 days)
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Nondriver ID
- Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID Card
- Valid State-Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
- Valid AL Department of Corrections Release – Temporary ID
- Valid AL Movement/Booking Sheet from Prison/Jail System (Photo Required)
- Valid Pistol Permit (Photo Required)
- Valid Federal-Issued ID
- Valid US passport
- Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or other entity of this state
- Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
- Digital student ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
- Valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
- Digital student ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
- Valid Military ID
- Valid Tribal ID.