Who can vote
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Alabama and your county at the time of registration
- be 18 years old on or before election day
- not be barred from voting by reason of a disqualifying felony conviction, or if you have been convicted, you must have had your civil rights restored. You can find the list of disqualifying felonies on the Secretary of State’s website here at: sos.alabama.gov/mtfelonies
- not have been declared mentally incompetent in a court
- swear or affirm to “support and defend the Constitution of the U.S. and the State of Alabama and further disavow any belief or affiliation with any group which advocates the overthrow of the governments of the U.S. or the State of Alabama by unlawful means and that the information contained herein is true, so help me God”
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Online voter registration
- Alabama offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need an Alabama driver’s license or non-driver ID to use Alabama’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have an Alabama-issued ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
- You can register online to vote until Monday, October 19, 2020.
By-mail voter registration
Use the Alabama voter registration form
You can also register to vote using the Alabama voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2020.
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 – ID Number: If you have one, you must provide your Alabama driver’s license number or Alabama non-driver’s identification card number. If you do not have an Alabama driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card, you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued any of these numbers you must write the word “NONE” and a unique identifier will be provided for you.
- Box 7 – Choice of Party: Alabama does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
- Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: You are required to fill in this box; however, your application will not be rejected if you fail to do so.
- Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2020.
Election Day registration
In-person voter registration
- You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday, October 19, 2020 (close of business).
- Learn more by visiting the Office of the Secretary of State for Alabama or contacting your local election official.
Get step-by-step help
Military and overseas voters
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
- 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
- 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
- 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
Check your voter registration status
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
- The deadline to register online is Monday, October 19, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
- The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 19, 2020.
- The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday, October 19, 2020 (close of business).
- The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, October 29, 2020. The application must be in the Absentee Election Manager’s office by close of business.