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Absentee Information

When does absentee voting start?

The Probate Judge is required by law to provide ballots and supplies to the Absentee Election Manager 55 days before an election. Applications are now being accepted for absentee ballots for the Primary Election deadline.

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What are the qualifications for obtaining an absentee ballot?

There is no provision in Alabama law for early voting. You may vote absentee if you meet one of the following criteria and can make sworn affidavit as to one of the reasons stated below:

QUALIFICATIONS FOR A TRADITIONAL ABSENTEE BALLOT §17-10-3, Code of Alabama

  • The voter will be out of the county or state on Election Day.
  • The voter is physically incapacitated and will not be able to vote in person on Election Day.
  • The voter works a shift which has at least (10) hours that coincide with the polling hours at their regular polling place.
  • The voter is a student at and educational institution located outside the county of their permanent residence; and are, therefore, unable to vote at their usual polling place on Election Day.
  • The voter is a member of, or the spouse of a member of, the armed forces of the United States or are otherwise entitled to vote by absentee pursuant the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42, U.S.C. 1973ff.
  • The voter has been appointed as an election officer at a polling place which is not their regular polling place.

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How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

You can call the Absentee Election Office at (334) 737-3490 or come by and pick up an application at the office of the Absentee Election Manager at the Lee County Meeting Center, located downtown Opelika. The Address is 205 South 10th St, Opelika, AL 36801. You can also download the form available in the AlabamaVotes.gov or http://www.sos.state.al.us/Elections/AbsenteeVotingInfo.aspx. PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU FILL OUT AND MAIL IN YOUR APPLICATION.

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Where do I mail the application?

The application must be mailed to: Mary Roberson, Absentee Election Manager, P.O. Box 1616 Opelika, AL 36803. By law ( AG Opinion 82-551), each application must be mailed in a separate envelope. Multiple applications (even for husband and wife) which are mailed in the same envelope will be returned to the voter. Applications cannot be faxed to the Absentee Election Manager. For voter applications and absentee applications visit: AlabamaVotes.gov.

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Can I vote absentee in person?

Yes, you can come by the Absentee Election Manager's office Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM (except on holidays) and complete an application and vote while you are in the office. The cut-off date is Thursday (five days before an election). The address is 205 South 10 St, Opelika, AL 36801.

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If I am voting absentee by mail, when do I send in the copy of my ID?

After you complete an application, you will receive your ballot and supplies. Unless you qualify for exemption, you will need to send a copy of your ID at that time. Please read your instructions carefully as to how it is to be returned. Do not seal up your ID in either one of the white envelopes. Your ID should be placed inside the brown return envelope.

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How do I find out where my voting precinct is?

You can call the Lee County Board of Registrars at (334) 737-3635 for information on your voting precinct.

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Does my absentee ballot have to be witnessed or notarized?

Yes, by law, your ballot must either be notarized OR witnessed by two people 18 years of age or older. These may be other family members. If your ballot has not been notarized or witnessed by 2 people, it will not be counted.

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I have a relative serving in the military, how can they vote absentee?

Any military personnel can contact the military voting assistance officer and request Standard Form 76-A which is a Federal Post Card Absentee Ballot Request. It is postage pre-paid. These applications are good for all elections in the same calendar year, so once this application is received, the applicant will automatically be mailed or emailed (if that is the selected method of receipt) a ballot for upcoming elections they are eligible to vote in. For more information, go to fvap.gov. You can also download an Absentee Ballot Application from this website. The Absentee Election Manager should be notified if there is a change of address of military voter between elections.

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Bring a picture ID and come to the Absentee Election Office located at 205 South 10th St, Opelika, AL 36801 at the Lee County Meeting Center, downtown Opelika.

Mail completed application to the address indicated below. Only one application may be mailed in each envelope. A ballot will then be mailed to you at the address you indicate. Application must be received in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by 4:30 P.M. Applications can be mailed to:

Mary B. Roberson
Absentee Manager
P.O. Box 1616
Opelika, AL 36803.

VOTED BALLOTS may be hand delivered to the Absentee Election Manager BY THE VOTER by 4:30 p.m.