Absentee Voting Eligibility

A voter may cast an absentee ballot if he or she:
  • Will be absent from the county on election day
  • Is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
  • Is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
  • Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place
  • Works a required shift, 10 hours or more, that coincides with polling hours
Business/Medical Emergency Voting Applications
Business/medical emergency voting applications can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election, if the voter:
  • Is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or
  • has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician
  • In addition to application information outlined in the next section, the business emergency application contains an affidavit acknowledging that the voter was not aware of the out-of-county business trip prior to the normal absentee ballot deadline. The medical emergency application requires that the attending physician describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency.