By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News
Alabamians can now begin their absentee voting process ahead of the Nov. 8 elections.
Absentee ballot applications can be found online or requested by visiting or calling the local Absentee Election Manager’s office. Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.
Deadlines around this year’s process are:
- Nov. 1: The last day absentee ballot applications can be returned by mail;
- Nov. 3: The last day absentee ballot applications can be returned by hand;
- Nov. 7: The last day to return absentee ballots by hand to the Absentee Election Manager;
- Nov. 8, 2022: Absentee ballots must be returned by mail to the absentee election manager no later than noon.
In filing absentee applications, voters must swear that they can’t vote at the polls on election day. Allowable reasons include being away for work or higher education, illness and physical disability.
In 2020, the state saw record absentee voting when those rules were loosened because of COVID-19 and concerns over crowded polling places.
Separately, voters who fall under the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act have until Nov. 8 to postmark an absentee ballot.