INFORMATION ON ABSENTEE VOTING

Absentee Voting Eligibility

 

A voter may cast an absentee ballot if he or she:

  • EXPECTS TO BE ABSENT FROM THE COUNTY on election day

  • IS ILL OR HAS A PHYSICAL DISABILITY that prevents a trip to the polling place

  • IS A REGISTERED ALABAMA VOTER LIVING OUTSIDE THE COUNTY, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person

  • IS AN APPOINTED ELECTION OFFICER OR POLL WATCHER at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place

  • EXPECTS TO WORK A REQUIRED SHIFT, 10-HOURS OR MORE, that coincides with polling hours

  • IS A CAREGIVER for a family member to the second degree of kinship by affinity or consanguinity and the family member is confined to his or her home

  • IS CURRENTLY INCARCERATED in prison or jail and has not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude

The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is the 5th day prior to the election (August 20, 2020)..

EMERGENCY ABSENTEE VOTING applications can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election, if the voter:

  • is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be unavailable at the polls on the day of the election

  • is a caregiver of a person who requires emergency treatment by licensed physician within five days before an election

  • has a family member to the second degree of kinship by affinity or consanguinity die within five days before an election

MEDICAL EMERGENCY ABSENTEE VOTING applications can be made by a voter who has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician within 5 days of an election.  During that 5 day period, the medical emergency absentee ballot application and the voted absentee ballot must be returned no later than noon on the day the election is held. The medical emergency absentee ballot application requires that the attending physician describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency.  The voter may designate someone to turn in the medical emergency absentee ballot application, receive the absentee ballot on behalf of the voter, and return the voted absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager on behalf of the voter.   

Absentee Ballot Application

To obtain an absentee ballot, write or visit the City Clerk's office to obtain an application  or download an application online  and provide the following:

  • name and residential address (or other such information in order to verify voter registration)

  • a copy of your valid photo identification

  • election for which the ballot is requested

  • reason for absence from polls on election day

  • address to which the ballot should be mailed

  • voter signature (If a mark is made in place of a signature, it must be witnesse

 

The absentee ballot application must be returned to the Absentee Election Manager by the voter in person (or by the voter's designee in the case of medical emergency voting), by U.S. Mail, or by commercial carrier.  No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope as another voter's absentee ballot application.

Upon receiving the absentee ballot application, the Absentee Election Manager may request additional evidence on the reason for voting absentee if the voter has a history of absentee voting. The absentee ballot applications must be turned in no later than the fifth calendar day before the election.

BALLOT RECEIPT/RETURN


If the absentee ballot application is approved, the Absentee Election Manager

  • forwards the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, or

  • personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of medical emergency absentee voting)

  • RETURN APPLICATION TO POST OFFICE 37 GENEVA, ALABAMA 36340

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