How to Register to Vote in Alabama?
Voting refers to the act of citizens choosing candidates for public office. Voting is free, voting is voluntary, voting is private, and voting is your right. No one can be forced to vote, and it is a crime to stop someone from voting. There are several laws for a person to be able to vote.
- The voter must be 18 years or older
- The voter must be a U.S. citizen. Non-citizens and permanent legal residents cannot cast a vote.
- The voter must have registered to vote by his/her state's voter registration deadline
- State law requires the voter to be a resident of the state for a specified period
- A voter cannot be convicted of a disqualifying felony
- A voter cannot be declared mentally incompetent by the court
How to register to vote
Registration laws vary from state to state. In Alabama, voter registration closes 14 days before each election. To register to vote in Alabama, you have to be a resident of the state. You can now register to vote online, in person or by mail.
Online registration: Every citizen of Alabama has to have a valid Alabama driver's license or identification card to register online. Voting online is a simple process. Registering voters must fill a Voter's Registration Application form available online. Once the completed form is submitted, it is reviewed before approval. Voter registration status can be checked online.
If any citizen of Alabama does not have a valid Alabama driver's license or identification card, they have to register in-person or by mail.
In person and by mail: State of Alabama Mail-in Voter Registration Form has to be filled and delivered
- In person or by mail to local Alabama county office of Board of Registrars.
- In person to Alabama DMV driver licensing office
- In person to any government agency mentioned below
- Medicaid agencies
- Department of Human Resource
- County public library
Military and overseas Alabama voters
A military member on active duty stationed out of state and a U.S citizen staying overseas can register to vote by mail. The Alabama Secretary Of State website generates a registration form on entering all personal information requested. The form has to be printed, filled, signed and mailed to the election office specified on the form. Dependent or partner of an active duty military member can also use ‘register to vote' using these methods. Once the form is reviewed, the voter will be registered as an absentee voter for the period he/she is out of Alabama and ballots sent.
Absentee voting registration in Alabama
A voter can also cast an absentee ballot if he/she
- Will not be in the county on election day
- Is unable to visit the polling place due to illness or physical disability
- Is a registered Alabama voter residing out of the country such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed or studying outside U.S. or spouse or children of such people
- Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his/her regular polling place
- A worker whose shift coincides with polling hours
The absentee ballot application must be submitted five days before the election unless it is a business or medical emergency absentee voting application. Once the voter casts the absentee ballot, the voter may forward the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, or personally hand the absentee ballot to the absentee election manager.
Before voting, valid photo identification has to be presented at the polling place or the absentee ballot, unless exempted by law. The photo id can be
- Alabama driver’s license
- Alabama photo voter ID
- A State issued ID
- S. Passport
- An ID card issued by a public or private university (Student id or employee id)
- Government ID card
- S. military ID card
- Tribal ID card
Voting is crucial to choose the right representative to guide, lead and implement policies for the benefit of the citizens. It is the right and duty of every citizen to cast a vote.