ABSENTEE VOTING AUGUST 15, 2017 SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 06 2017 6:30 PM
Any qualified elector may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person at the Absentee Election Manager’s office, if he or she makes application in writing not less than five days prior to the election and meets one of the following requirements:
- The person will be out of the county or state on Election Day.
- The person has any physical illness or infirmity which prevents his or her attendance at the polls, whether he or she is within or without the county on the day of election.
- The person works a shift which has at least 10 hours which coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place.
- The person is enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of his or her personal residence (attendance) at which prevents his or her attendance at the polls.
- The person is a member of, or spouse or dependant of a member of, the armed forces of the United States or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff
- The person has been appointed as an election officer or named as a poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place.
An applicant for an absentee ballot who is a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the Alabama National Guard, the United States Naval Reserves, the United States Air Force Reserves, and the United States Army Reserve on active duty or active duty training or an applicant who is the spouse of any member of the armed forces or any other applicant qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff, may make application for an absentee ballot by filling out the federal postcard application form, authorized and provided for under the provisions of the Federal Voting Assistance Act.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Any registered elector who requires emergency treatment of a licensed physician within five days of an election may apply for an emergency absentee ballot for the election and may vote by returning the absentee ballot no later than noon on the day the election is held. The attendant physician shall describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency on a special form designed by the Secretary of State and provided by his or her office to local Absentee Election Managers. The special form shall be attached to the application.
BUSINESS EMERGENCY: Any registered elector whose name appears on the poll list of qualified voters may vote by an emergency absentee ballot if he or she is required by his or her employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on an emergency business trip on Election Day. Under such circumstances, the applicant shall apply for an emergency absentee ballot at the office of the Absentee Election Manager no later than the close of the business day one day prior to the election. The applicant shall complete and file an application form designed by the Secretary of State for emergency absentee voters. The form shall contain an affidavit which the applicant shall sign and swear acknowledging that he or she was not aware of the out-of-county business requirement prior to five days before the election. An applicant who meets the requirements of this subsection may vote by an emergency absentee ballot. After voting the ballot, the voter shall hand the ballot to the Absentee Election Manager.
Applications for absentee voting are available at the Absentee Election Manager’s Office located in Room 130 of the Houston County Courthouse and the Secretary of State’s web page (http://www.alabamavotes.gov). Those serving in the United States armed forces (including spouse) should contact their commanding officer for an application.
Applications for absentee ballots are required for elections which are more than 42 days apart, except as to individuals voting pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.
Completed absentee applications must provide the Alabama residence where the voter is registered to vote, even if the ballot is to be mailed to another address where the applicant/voter regularly receives mail. If you have moved and have not updated your polling place, you should contact the local Board of Registrars and update your address prior to applying for an absentee ballot.
Any completed application must be returned by the voter in person or be sent by US Mail. No one, not even a family member, can return another person’s application. Multiple applications cannot be mailed in the same envelope. Persons with Power of Attorney for a voter cannot complete the voter’s application or ballot.
The Absentee Election Manager may not give any person access to completed and filed applications for absentee ballots. This information is not a matter of public record. It should be considered privileged information just the same as voter registration applications.
The Absentee Election Manager shall forward absentee ballots by US Mail to the applicant’s residence address or upon written request of the voter to the address where the voter regularly receives mail or by handing the ballot to the voter in person; or in the case of medical emergency voting, to his or her designee in person.
Voter identification instructions will accompany each absentee ballot and must be carefully followed to ensure that the ballot meets the requirements of the law.
VOTERS MUST COMPLETE ALL THE INFORMATION ON THE AFFIDAVIT OF THE ABSENTEE VOTER ENVELOPE
IF THE VOTER’S AFFIDAVIT IS NOT SIGNED (OR MARKED), AND IF THE AFFIDAVIT IS NOT WITNESSED BY EITHER TWO WITNESSES 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER OR A NOTARY PUBLIC OR OTHER OFFICER AUTHORIZED TO ACKNOWLEDGE OATHS PRIOR TO BEING DELIVERED OR MAILED TO THE ABSENTEE ELECTION MANAGER, THE BALLOT WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
Thursday, August 10, 2017: This is the last day voters may apply for a regular absentee ballot for the August 15, 2017, Primary Special Election for U.S. Senator. Applications must be received in the Absentee Election Manager’s Office on this date. No ballots can be mailed to voters after this date. Only one application per envelope accepted; Party preference must be notated.
Monday, August 14, 2017: This is the last business day before the election and is the last day a voter can return in person his or her regular absentee ballot. No one, not even a family member, can return another person’s ballot, except a medical emergency ballot. This is the last day to vote business emergency ballots.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Mailed ballots must be received in the Absentee Election Manager’s Office no later than noon this date. Emergency medical ballots must be received by noon on this date in the Absentee Election Manager’s Office by the designee.
For more information about absentee voting you may contact:
Carla H. Woodall, Absentee Election Manager MAILING ADDRESS
114 North Oates Street P.O. Drawer 6406
Houston County Courthouse, Room 405 Dothan, AL 36302
Dothan, AL 36303