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Military and Overseas Voters


Alabama citizens who are members of the Uniformed Services and their family members, Merchant Marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Alabama overseas citizens can find additional information on absentee voting here.


Absentee Voting Eligibility


A voter may cast an absentee ballot if he or she:



Business / Medical Emergency Voting applications can be made no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election, if the voter:



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.


Absentee Ballot Application


To obtain an absentee ballot, write or visit the local Absentee Election Manager (usually the Circuit Clerk), request an absentee ballot, and provide the following:



The absentee ballot application must be returned to the Absentee Election Manager by the voter in person (or by the voter’s designee in the case of medical emergency voting) or by U.S. Mail.  No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope as another voter’s absentee ballot application.


Upon receiving the absentee ballot application, the Absentee Election Manager may request additional evidence on the reason for voting absentee if the voter has a history of absentee voting. The absentee ballot applications must turned in no later than the fifth calendar day before the election.


Ballot Receipt / Return


If the absentee ballot application is approved, the Absentee Election Manager forwards the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, or personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of emergency voting).


Ballot Procedure


The absentee ballot comes with three envelopes -- one plain (the secrecy envelope), one with an affidavit, or oath, printed on the outside, and one plain envelope, preaddressed (the outer envelope). Once the voter casts the ballot, the procedure is as follows:



Remember to place a COPY of your photo ID (NOT THE ORIGINAL) inside the outer envelope. Also, be sure the affidavit signature is WITTNESSED (two witnesses) or NOTARIZED. (An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses.)


The voter is required to use one of the following methods to return the absentee ballot:



Voting Deadline


An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on election day. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on the day prior to the election.


Absentee Ballot Download


Both the Application for Absentee Ballot and Application for  Emergency Absentee Ballot can be downloaded below. Both these applications as well as other voter-related forms can be downloaded from the Downloads page on this Website.




Absentee Ballot Application

(Adobe Acrobat Format)


Please fill in all information completely and accurately.





Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

(Adobe Acrobat Format)


Please fill in all information completely and accurately.



Note: The Adobe Reader is required for viewing the above files. If you do not have the Adobe Reader already, you may download it by clicking the Adobe Reader link below. Adobe’s site will open in a new window.


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Elmore County’s Absentee Election Manager is Brian Justiss, (334) 567-3116.