Alabama ID requirements for absentee ballots/vote-by-mail ballots

Voting absentee in the July runoff election is strongly encouraged due to COVID-19. The state has temporarily waived the requirement that voters must have an excuse to vote absentee. On their absentee ballot request form, all voters may check "physical illness or infirmity" box. Voters should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail by Election Day.

Who is eligible for Absentee Voting?

  • Anyone who will be absent from their registered county on Election Day
  • An individual who is ill or physically unable to reach their assigned polling place
  • A registered voter who is living outside their Alabama county
  • If the individual is an appointed election officer or poll watcher outside their assigned polling place
  • Works a required shift of at least 10 hours that conflicts with polling hours on Election Day

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

Yes, voters must apply with a copy of their valid photo identification. If ID is not provided, your ballot becomes provisional and will not be counted unless ID is produced to registrar within time provided for provisional ballot cure.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but if you registered to vote by mail and are voting by absentee ballot in your first federal election, you must enclose a copy of your photo ID or document bearing your name and residence address in the envelope with your voted ballot.

last update: March 18, 2020

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