PRIMARY ELECTIONS ARE MARCH 3
By WVUA 23 Reporter Andrea Matei
Heads up, voters: it is almost time to cast your first official ballot for this election cycle. Here are some tips to make sure you take the time to register to vote so you can cast your ballot.
The November general elections usually get a bigger turnout but it is just as important to vote in the primaries, which are right around the corner. For any election, the last day to register to vote or update your voter registration is the 15th day prior to the election. That means voters must register by Feb. 17 to participate in the primaries.
Luckily, there are a lot of ways to do that. Voters can go to the Alabama Department of Motor Vehicles, Tuscaloosa County Department of Human Resources, the Board of Registrar’s Office, post offices, or even county public libraries to get a printed-out registration form to mail in.
For those who would like to save a stamp, go online to vote.gov. To take that a step further, more digitally-minded folks can simply pull out their smartphone. The Alabama Secretary of State’s office has a free app to download and keep up with registration information, called “Vote for Alabama.”
Their website alabamavotes.gov has the online form, a printable PDF and even the option to get a registration form mailed directly to a residence. There is also information about absentee voting, polling places and voter IDs.
This election cycle includes the United States presidential and Senate races. There are also plenty of federal, state and county offices on the ballot, along with a statewide referendum.
For Alabama voters who live elsewhere, Feb. 27 is the last day to turn in absentee ballot applications for the primary.