July 30, 2020

Absentee Voting 101

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The municipal election is coming up on August 25th, and many citizens are worried about exposure to COVID-19 at the polls. If you’re one of them, here are easy instructions for absentee voting, provided by the Battle Works campaign team.

In July, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill confirmed that any citizen who wishes to vote by absentee ballot due to COVID-19 should mark the box stating they have a physical illness or infirmity that prevents their attendance at the polls on their application. This ensures their vote will be counted, whether or not they risk going to the polls.


Don’t miss these important points:


  • Absentee ballots must be postmarked by August 24 and received by noon on August 25 to be counted.
  • Or, voters may hand-deliver their ballot to a county absentee election manager by close of business August 24.
  • Voters who apply for an absentee ballot must also submit a copy of a valid photo ID.
  • Only one application per envelope will be accepted.


Absentee voters also have a one-stop-shop setup on the first floor of City Hall, located downtown on 308 Fountain Circle. Ballots may be dropped off there.


On voting day, for voters who choose to vote in person, each poll will have provisions in place for safe voting. They are:


  • Floor markings asking voters to stay six feet apart.
  • Clearly marked entrance and exit doors.
  • Poll workers will wear face shields and face covers.
  • Poll workers will regularly disinfect voting booths and other surfaces.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available for voter use.
  • Please bring your own black, ballpoint pen.


There is also a one-stop-shop for absentee voters open on the first floor of City Hall at 308 Fountain Circle.


Si habla español, haga clic aquí para obtener instrucciones, una boleta de muestra y un formulario de solicitud de boleta en ausencia en español.