Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee ballots may be obtained by any voter who has resided in the City in excess of 30 days from the election and who has registered to vote at that address with the applicable Jefferson/Shelby Board of Registrars.  In order to obtain an absentee ballot, a voter must submit an application along with a copy of a valid ID.  The only exception to the photo ID is if the voter checks the box “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls and am over the age of 65.”   If a voter checks this box, no identification is required.  Be sure to check the correct box!  An Application may be obtained by calling the Office of the City Clerk at 205-978-0131 or by downloading from the Alabama Secretary of State at the following link:  https://www.sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/voter-pdfs/absentee/MuniAbsenteeAppFillable.pdf.  When the ballots are delivered to the Absentee Manager (around July 26, 2020), the Absentee Manager will forward a ballot to everyone who has submitted an application.  Once the voter receives the ballot, the voter should follow the directions to complete and submit back to the City.
Things to remember regarding absentee applications and/or ballots:
  • All absentee applications shall be submitted to the City via USPS mail or common carrier and limited to only one application per envelope.  DO NOT send multiple applications in the same envelope.  A voter may drop off his/her application, however, another person cannot drop off the application on behalf of another voter regardless of whether or not he/she is a family member.
  • Applications for an absentee ballot must be received in the Office of the Absentee Manager no later than close of business (5:00 PM central time) August 20, 2020.
  • If something unforeseen happens between August 20 and August 24, 2020 that prevents a voter from voting, he/she might can apply for an “emergency absentee ballot”.  If a voter needs information on this, please contact the Rebecca Leavings, Absentee Manager, at 205-978-0184.
  • Absentee ballots that are returned fully executed must contain a notarize or witnessed signature and affidavit must be completed.
  • Absentee ballots must be returned to the City via USPS mail or common carrier.  A voter may drop off his/her personal ballot in person, however, no one except the voter may drop off a ballot at the City.  The Absentee Manager cannot accept any ballot that isn’t brought in personally by the voter.
  • Ballots must be received by the Absentee Manager prior to noon on August 25, 2020.
  • Any questions regarding Absentee voting should be directed to Rebecca Leavings at rleavings@vhal.org or 205-978-0184.