What to know before you vote in the June runoff

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By WVUA23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick

Several key races across the state are headed to a primary runoff election on Tuesday, June 21.

Candidates on this ballot include Democrats Yolanda Flowers and Malika Sanders-Fortier for governor, Republicans Katie Britt and Mo Brooks for U.S. Senate, Republicans Jim Zeigler and Wes Allen for secretary of state, Republicans Andrew Sorrell and Stan Cooke for state auditor and many more.

But before you help other Alabamans determine who will represent the state in the November general election, there are a few things you should know, according to the Alabama Secretary of State.

Below are some important dates for registering to vote and submitting a ballot:

  • Monday, June 6 is the last day to register to vote.
  • Tuesday, June 14 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail.
  • Thursday, June 16 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person.
  • Monday, June 20 is the last day to deliver an absentee ballot by hand.
  • Absentee ballots sent by mail must be received by noon on Tuesday June 21.

United States citizens may register to vote if they:

  • live in Alabama,
  • are at least 18 years or older on or before election day,
  • are not barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction
  • and have not been declared mentally incompetent by a court.

You can register to vote:

  • online if you have an Alabama driver’s license or non-driver ID card,
  • when applying for a driver’s license or non-driver ID card,
  • at a state or local government office when applying for or re-certifying eligibility for Aid to Dependent Children, SNAP, TANF, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid or Rehabilitation Services,
  • at an armed forces recruiting station,
  • at the Board of Registrars located in the county seat of your county of residence,
  • by mail-in form available at Probate Judge and License Commissioner offices, colleges, universities, public schools or libraries
  • or by mail-in form downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website.

The party for whom you cast your ballot in the primary election on Tuesday, May 24 is the only party for whom you can vote in the runoff. For instance, if you voted for a Democrat in the primary, you must vote for a Democrat in the runoff. If you did not vote in the primary, you can vote for any party in the runoff.

For more information on voting in Alabama’s elections, visit www.alabamavotes.gov.

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