Voting absentee in May’s primary election? Here’s what you need to know
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Fusco
Voters interested in Alabama’s primaries who are voting absentee must be on the ball to ensure their ballot is accepted.
Alabama’s Republican and Democratic primaries are happening May 24. Some major primary competitions include:
- Six candidates are on the Republican ballot for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Richard Shelby, who’s retiring at the end of his term.
- Six candidates are on the Republican ballot for the District 5 U.S. House seat currently occupied by Mo Brooks, who’s running for U.S. Senate.
- Nine candidates are on the Republican ballot for Alabama governor, including incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey.
- Four candidates are on the Republican ballot for Alabama secretary of state, currently occupied by John Merrill, who is not running again.
- Six candidates are on the Democratic ballot for Alabama governor.
- Three candidates are on the Democratic ballot for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Richard Shelby, who’s retiring at the end of his term.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he encourages all eligible voters to vote in person or cast an absentee ballot. If you are casting an absentee ballot, Merrill said doing so in person means your vote is more likely to make it through the state’s absentee ballot requirements.
“We would encourage anyone who meets the criteria for voting absentee to vote in-person absentee in their location in their county and the Circuit Court’s office,” Merrill said.
Mail-in ballot applications must include a copy of your photo ID. You can check out the rules and request a mail-in ballot application right here.
“One of the things that you need to know is that we have changed a couple of the deadlines to make it easier on the voter,” Merrill said.
The last day you can submit an application for an absentee ballot is May 17. The last day you can return an absentee ballot application in-person is May 19.
Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by noon on Election Day, meaning they must be mailed in several days before that.