Where to Vote


The county board of registrars sends to each voter a certificate of registration that includes the address of that voter’s polling place. A voter who has not received this card should contact the local board of registrars for information on his or her polling place. A voter can also verify where he or she votes by clicking Find My Polling Place at the left. For municipal elections, check with the City Clerk.


Click the Polling Places menu item to view Elmore County polling places listed by precinct.


Accessibility


Polling places should be accessible to people with disabilities. At every polling place there will be voting equipment to accommodate voters with disabilities so that they can vote without assistance. If your specific disability is not accommodated, please contact your county’s probate judge.


Types of Elections


Some laws governing each type of election vary. For example, primary elections are different from general elections.



Hours


Alabama polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please note that polling places located in the Eastern Time Zone are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.


At the Polling Place


Basic Voting Procedure


  1. The voter appears at the polling place and provides his or her name to a poll worker. The voter must also present an acceptable form of photo identification.
  2. A poll worker checks the individual’s name against the list of registered voters for that precinct. If the voter has an “I” by his / her name, the voter needs to update voter registration information. Before being allowed to vote, the voter must complete a Voter Update Form that is available at the polling place.
  3. The voter signs a poll list. If the election is a party primary, the voter must state in which party primary he or she wishes to vote and then must sign that party’s poll list.
  4. The voter casts his or her vote.


Voting procedures vary according to the type of equipment used. For more specific information, look for instructions printed in large type that should be visible at each polling place. Also, poll workers will provide information on voting procedures, at the voter’s request. Poll workers are not allowed to tell a citizen for whom to vote or to attempt to influence a voter’s choices in any way.


Replacement ballots are available if the voter makes a mistake in marking his or her ballot or if the ballot gets torn or otherwise damaged. The voter should take the original ballot to a poll worker and request a replacement ballot. The poll worker will issue a new ballot and place the original ballot in an envelope marked “spoiled ballots” for security purposes.


Voter’s Name Is Not on the List of Voters. If a person’s name does not appear on the list of registered voters for the polling place, the poll worker should contact the local board of registrars to determine if the person is eligible to vote at that polling place. If the board of registrars is unable to verify the person’s voter registration, he or she may vote a provisional ballot.


Voter Does Not Have Valid Photo ID. A voter must present a valid form of photo identification to be eligible to vote. A voter who does not have a valid form of photo ID can vote if he or she is positively identified by two election officials. If the voter does not have proper identification and cannot be positively identified by two election officials, he or she may vote a provisional ballot.


Voting a Provisional Ballot


A provisional ballot is voted the same as any other ballot except the voter must sign an affidavit attesting to his or her eligibility to vote and complete a voter update form.


Name Not on Poll List. The provisional ballot will be counted only if the county board of registrars is able to confirm, after the election, that the person casting the ballot is a duly qualified elector of the county.


No Photo Identification at the Polling Place. When a voter casts a provisional ballot because he or she does not have proper identification at the polling place, the voter has until 5:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election to submit a valid form of photo ID to the board of registrars. If proper photo ID is submitted by this deadline, the ballot will be counted so long as other requirements are met.


Absentee Ballot Never Received or Cast. A voter may cast a provisional ballot if he or she did not receive a requested absentee ballot or the voter did not vote the absentee ballot.


Voter Assistance


Any voter who wishes to have assistance is entitled to help. The voter may ask anyone (except his or her employer, an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union) to give that assistance. If the voter does not request a specific individual, a poll worker may assist the voter at the request of the voter.


Time in the Booth


A voter remaining in a voting machine booth (or in the polling place where paper ballots are used) for four minutes or longer may be asked by a poll worker if assistance is needed.


If the voter does not want assistance, he or she is permitted to remain for one additional minute. At the end of that minute, if individuals are waiting to vote, the voter may be informed that time is up and may be asked to leave. If there is no line, the voter may have as much time as necessary to finish voting.


If the voter wants assistance, he or she may have no less than an additional five minutes to vote. At the end of the time, if others are waiting to vote, the assisted voter may be told that time is up and may be asked to leave the polling place. However, if there are no voters waiting, the assisted voter shall have as much time as necessary to finish voting.


Marked Sample Ballots


Voters may take items such as marked sample ballots into the polling place provided these items are used personally and are not distributed to others in the polling place. Also, the voter should not leave these items in the polling place.


Campaigning on Election Day


Campaigning is allowed on election day as long as it is done at least 30 feet from the door of the building in which the poll is located. If the polling place is located in a room within a building, the campaigning must not be closer than 30 feet from the entrance of the building.


Acceptable forms of photo identification for use at polling places


Voters must present one of the following forms of  ID before they can vote:


A Photo Identification, such as:



* For more information regarding the free Alabama Photo Voter ID card, contact the Secretary of State’s office or your local board of registrars or visit www.AlabamaVoterID.com.

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is permitted to:



Questions about the voter identification requirements may be directed to the Elections Division by e-mail or by phone (242-7210, in the Montgomery area; or statewide at 1-800-274-8683).


Exemptions from Photo Voter Identification