I turned in a voter registration application. Am I registered to vote?
Just because you turned in a voter registration application does not necessarily mean you are registered to vote. Once your application has been processed by your local board of registrars, you should receive an acknowledgement from the Registrars indicating the status of your application. This acknowledgement will usually be a voter identiﬁcation card conﬁrming that you are registered to vote. However, if your application was incomplete, you may receive a letter requesting additional information to complete your application. If you are unsure about the status of your application, you can always call your local board of registrars or visit alabamavotes.gov.
I turn 18 after the voter registration deadline but before the election. Can I vote in that election?
Yes. As long as you turn 18 on or before election day, even if your birthday is after the voter registration deadline, you can apply for voter registration and participate in that election (as long as you meet other voter qualiﬁcations). Please note that you must turn your voter registration application in before the 10-day close for voter registration.
I have moved from one part of the county to another and want to vote. What should I do?
You must contact the board of registrars and submit an update to your voter registration record. Remember, where you live determines who represents you. To be sure you are voting on candidates in the correct district, it is important that you vote in the correct precinct.
I have moved from one county to another and want to vote. What should I do?
When you move across county lines, you must register to vote in your new county of residence. Voter registration does not automatically follow you from one county to another.
It’s the day before the election. I forgot to register to vote. Is it too late?
Yes, it is too late to register to vote for that election. To participate in an election, you must submit your application before registration closes for that election. Registration is closed during the ten days prior to an election and on election day.
What if I make a mistake marking my ballot?
If you have not already placed your ballot in the electronic voting machine or ballot box, you may ask a poll worker for another ballot. The poll worker will spoil your ﬁrst ballot so that it cannot be counted or reused.
Are candidates allowed to campaign outside my polling place?
Yes, electioneering or campaigning is permitted outside the polling place. However, this activity must not be closer than 30 feet to the entrance of the polling place. If the polling place is located in a room within a building, the campaigning must not be closer than 30 feet to the entrance of the building.
Can a candidate assist me in marking my ballot?
Yes, if you ask the candidate to help you. The only people who cannot assist a voter are the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or an ofﬁcer or agent of the voter’s union.
Can I wear campaign buttons or t-shirts with political advertisements into the polling place?
Yes. However, you should not loiter or leave any campaign materials in the polling place.
Can I carry a sample ballot into the voting booth?
Yes. However, you should not leave the sample ballot in the polling place.
If constitutional amendments are included on the ballot, most I vote on them?
No. You are not required to vote on constitutional amendments. Similarly, you are not required to vote in all races on the ballot. Participation is your choice.
In a primary election, am I allowed to vote for constitutional amendments only?
Yes. In fact, if you choose not to participate in nominating candidates for either political party, you can request a constitutional amendment ballot that contains only the proposed constitutional amendments.
When I voted in the primary election, I was asked to declare a political party preference. Why is that?
In Alabama, the primary election is part of the nominating process for a political party. It is used to select who will represent a party in the general election. You are required to choose one political party’s primary over another because you cannot participate in the nomination of both parties’ candidates. However, in the general election, you may split your ticket and vote for candidates from each political party.
What happens if I do not want to declare a political party preference at the primary election?
If you choose not to declare a political preference at the primary election, you will not be eligible to vote in any political party’s primary election. You are, however, still eligible to vote on any proposed constitutional amendments that are up for a vote.
I voted in my political party’s primary election. My party is not having a runoff. Can I vote in the other party’s runoff election?
It depends on the political party. The Democratic Party has a cross-over voting rule which prohibits anyone who voted in the Republican Party primary from voting in the Democratic Party’s primary runoff. The Republican Party does not have a cross-over voting rule. It is okay for voters who participated in the Democratic primary to vote in the Republican runoff. Therefore, if you voted in the Democratic primary, you may vote in either the Democratic runoff or the Republican runoff. If you voted in the Republican primary, you may vote only in the Republican runoff.
Can I take photographs or videotape inside my polling place?
No. Each voter has a right to cast a ballot in secrecy and in private. The U.S. Department of Justice has advised that photography or videotaping inside a polling place does not serve any useful purpose and may instead actually intimidate voters who are exercising their right to vote.
Can I take a cell phone into my polling place?
Yes. However, use of the phone in the polling place should not disturb other voters or disrupt the polling place. If your cell phone has a camera, you cannot take photographs or ﬁlm video inside the polling place. Each voter has a right to cast a ballot in secrecy and in private. The U.S. Department of Justice has advised that photography or videotaping inside a polling place does not serve any useful purpose and may instead actually intimidate voters who are exercising their right to vote.
I do not see my question on this page. What do I do now?
If your question is not addressed on this page, please call the Alabama Secretary of State Elections Division at 1-800-274-8683 or 334-242-7210.