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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need an Alabama driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

myinfo.alabamavotes.gov 

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download the Alabama voter registration form or request a form be mailed to you by calling 1-800-274-8683 (VOTE), or by applying online

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1–2 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · If you’re reporting a name change, provide your previous name

Step 5 · Provide your birthday

Steps 6–7 · Provide your phone number and email address

Step 8 · Provide the address where you live, your mailing address (if different), and your former address if you’re reporting an address change

  • If your home doesn’t have a street number or name, draw a map in the box provided on the form

Step 9 · Provide your gender

Step 10 · Provide your race

Step 11 · Provide information about where you were born

Step 12 · Provide your valid driver’s license or ID card number

  • If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have any of these, check the appropriate box.

Step 13 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Mail the form by Oct 24 to your local county board of registrars


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

You can pick up a voter registration form at your local county board of registrars


2. Fill out the form

Step 1–2 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · If you’re reporting a name change, provide your previous name

Step 5 · Provide your birthday

Steps 6–7 · Provide your phone number and email address

Step 8 · Provide the address where you live, your mailing address (if different), and your former address if you’re reporting an address change

  • If your home doesn’t have a street number or name, draw a map in the box provided on the form

Step 9 · Provide your gender

Step 10 · Provide your race

Step 11 · Provide information about where you were born

Step 12 · Provide your valid driver’s license or ID card number

  • If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have any of these, check the appropriate box.

Step 13 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Return the form by Oct 24 to your local county board of registrars


Check if you’re registered to vote

myinfo.alabamavotes.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at an Alabama address
  • Be 18 years old on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not have been convicted of a disqualifying felony (unless your civil and political rights have been restored)
  • Not been legally declared mentally incompetent by a court
Online

October 24


Mail

October 24


In Person

October 24

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted photo ID.

Who can vote by mail

You can vote absentee by mail if you meet one of the following requirements:

  • You’ll be absent from the county where you live on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You have a sickness or physical disability that prevents you from going to the polls
  • You’re registered in Alabama but live outside your county because you’re a member of the armed forces or a college student
  • You work a required shift of 10 hours or more that coincides with polling place hours on Election Day (7 AM–7 PM)


1. Get the absentee ballot application

You can request an application for an absentee mail-in ballot by printing, filling out, and submitting the absentee form

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide your email address

Steps 3–4 · Provide your address, and the address where you want your ballot mailed, if different

Step 5 · Enter the name/location of the polling place where you usually vote

Step 6 · Provide your birthday

Step 7 · Provide work and home telephone numbers

Step 8 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “General election”

Step 9 · Check the box to indicate why you’re applying for an absentee ballot

Step 10 · Sign the application


3. Return the application

Mail your absentee ballot application to your Absentee Election Manager so it’s received by Nov 3


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Include a copy of an accepted ID
  • Mail your ballot to your Absentee Election Manager so that it’s postmarked no later than Nov 7 and received no later than noon on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your absentee ballot on myinfo.alabamavotes.gov
Absentee ballot received by

November 8


Vote on Election Day

November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted photo ID

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Alabama. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at 18 on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at an Alabama address
  • Not have been convicted of a disqualifying felony (unless your civil and political rights have been restored)
  • Not have been determined to be mentally incompetent, unless the declaration has been lifted

ID requirements

Bring one of the following with you on Election Day or include a copy with your absentee ballot when you mail it:

  • Alabama driver’s license
  • Alabama non-driver ID
  • Alabama photo voter ID
  • State issued ID (by Alabama or any other state)
  • Federal issued ID
  • US passport
  • Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state
  • Student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
  • US military ID
  • Tribal ID

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Alabama does not allow in-person early voting.
There are no special ID requirements for first-time voters since all Alabama voters need to provide ID when voting in person or by absentee ballot.
All absentee voters must include a copy of their ID with their absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of voter ID include: Government-issued photo ID; Employee photo ID; Alabama college, university photo ID technical or professional school photo ID; utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck, or paycheck with voter’s name and address; Valid ID card (authorized by law) issued by the State of or by any of the other 49 states or issued by the US government; US passport; Alabama hunting or fishing license; Alabama pistol/revolver permit; Valid pilot’s license; Valid US military ID; Birth certificate; Social Security card; Naturalization document; Court record of adoption; Court record of name change; Valid Medicaid or Medicare card; Valid electronic benefits transfer card; Government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
In most cases, no. There are two conditions, however, under which you can apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot:

  • You are required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip
  • You have a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician

If you face either of these situations, contact your Local Election Official and ask for an Emergency Absentee Ballot. Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications can be submitted after the absentee ballot application deadline but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election.