The clock is ticking on voter registration in Alabama, but you still have time to submit your paperwork! It’s easier than you think. One of the best things to happen in the state this year is online voter registration.
Pay careful attention to the requirements:
- The deadline to submit an online application is Monday, October 24, 2016.
- You must be a citizen living in Alabama and at least 18 years old on election day.
- If you don’t currently have a valid Alabama driver’s license or non-driver ID card, you’ll have to download a paper application and submit it to your county voter registrar’s office. That must be submitted before the close of business on Monday, October 24th.
Need to vote by absentee ballot? Get information and print an absentee ballot application. Be sure you use enough postage if you mail your ballot. It’s probably bigger and heavier than regular first-class mail.
And yes! In Alabama, you can wear campaign t-shirts and buttons to vote, but you can’t badger people in line to vote for your candidate. There is no campaigning allowed within 30 feet of the entrance to the polls.
Check your voter registration status online and also get information about your polling place. It’s best to do that prior to election day. The state’s new system crashed under the load on March 1, and general election turnout is always a lot higher than in a primary.
At the time, Secretary of State John Merrill seemed more annoyed at voters than at the faulty system the state paid for. As the Montgomery Advertiser reported:
The Secretary of State’s website is still experiencing issues, and on social media, Sec. John Merrill is taking some heat. In exchanges with a number of citizens who are complaining about being unable to find the location of their polling place on the site, Merrill has instructed them to call his office (334-242-7200). He also drew heavy criticism for responding to one person on Twitter: “Apparently you and several thousand other people waiting until today to try to find their polling place.”
Look it up in advance, campers! You wouldn’t want to bother our state’s top election official or anything…
Register and vote – and make sure your friends and family turn out too!