Alabama ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Advisory: Any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their voting place for the General Election due to the declared states of emergency shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application which reads: "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]" You can get an absentee ballot application here.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be eligible, you must be a registered voter and unable to go to your regular polling place for one of the following reasons:

  • You will be absent from your registered county on Election Day
  • You are ill or physically unable to reach your assigned polling place
  • You are a caregiver for a family member who is confined to their home
  • You are an appointed election officer or poll watcher outside your assigned polling place
  • You work a required shift of at least 10 hours that conflicts with polling hours on Election Day
  • You are 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
  • You are currently incarcerated in prison or jail and have not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).
Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

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

Yes, you must apply with a copy of your valid photo identification.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot?

No, but an absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses.

Last update: July 24, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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