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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Alabama: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:27 PM ET

Important News

  • March 23, 2020 Official Update Secretary of State Issues Guidance on Absentee Ballots

    The Secretary of State is encouraging any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place due to coronavirus concerns to request an absentee ballot and check the box that reads “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls."

  • March 18, 2020 Alabama Governor Announces Election Changes

    Governor Kay Ivey announced the Primary Runoff Election would be delayed and held on July 14, 2020 due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor also stated that the Secretary of State was encouraging voters concerned about the virus to utilize absentee ballots.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Monday, June 29, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Deadline to submit an absentee ballot application for the July 14 Primary Runoff Election. Voters who want to vote by absentee ballot due to concerns about coronavirus spread can check the box for "physical illness" on their application. Voters will need to provide a copy of their photo ID and submit their completed application in-person or by mail or commercial carrier.

  3. Monday, July 13, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Absentee Ballot Deadline

    Deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager and last day to postmark an absentee ballot that will be returned by mail. Note that July 14 is the postmark deadline for Uniformed and Overseas voters to mail their absentee ballot. Ballots must be submitted with an affidavit that is witnessed by two people or notarized.

  4. Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election

    In-person voting will be available for voters who did not vote by mail. Voters are required to show photo ID in order to vote.

  5. Monday, October 19, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

  6. Thursday, October 29, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

  7. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Deadline

    Deadline to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot.

  8. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

cast an absentee ballot icon. How to cast an absentee ballot in Alabama

Alabama allows voters to vote absentee only under certain circumstances. The Secretary of State has advised that voters in the July 14 Primary Runoff concerned about coronavirus spread should check the box stating “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls.” The state has not said whether the same guidance will apply for the November election.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Alabama

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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    Alabama has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Governor Ivey and demand that they share their plan.

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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:

  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.