State of Alabama Elections and Voting

Election day is November 5

  • October 21                  Deadline to register to vote
  • October 29                 Deadline for election authority to receive an absentee ballot application by mail
  • October 31                  Deadline to return an absentee ballot application by hand
  • November 4                Deadline to return an absentee ballot by hand
  • November 5                Deadline (by noon) for election authority to receive an absentee ballot by mail
  • November 5                Election Day


To register to vote in Alabama, you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Reside in Alabama
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)
  • Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court


How to register to vote:


Voter ID Requirements

A voter must present one of the following forms of valid identification before they will be permitted to vote. A voter who does not have one of these forms of photo identification is eligible for a free Alabama Photo Voter ID card.

  • Alabama Driver’s License (not expired or has been expired less than 60 days)
  • Alabama Nondriver ID (not expired or has been expired less than 60 days)
  • Alabama Photo Voter ID Card
  • State-Issued ID
  • Federal-Issued ID
  • US passport
  • Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or other entity of this state
  • Student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID

If a voter does not have a valid photo ID, they can still vote in an election if they are positively identified by two election officials. A signed affidavit is required in that situation.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Alabama.


Early In-Person Absentee Voting

Alabama does not offer early in-person voting, but voters may be eligible to vote by mail if they have an approved excuse.


Absentee Voting By Mail

Alabama voters may only vote absentee if they provide an accepted reason. Click here to learn about accepted excuses and how to request an absentee ballot.




Tribes in Alabama

Federally recognized tribes

  • Poarch Band of Creek Indians

State recognized tribes

  • Cher-o-Creek Intra-Tribal Indians
  • Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama
  • Cherokees of Southeast Alabama
  • Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama
  • Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama
  • MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Piqua Shawnee Tribe
  • Star Clan of Muscogee Creeks
  • United Cherokee Ani-Yun-Wiya Nation

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Randy Kelley

John Wahl

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