OFFICIAL VOTING INFORMATION
IT'S BEST TO DOUBLE CHECK WITH YOUR STATE FOR ANY RECENT CHANGES TO ELECTION RULES IN YOUR STATE DUE TO COVID -19
VOTING REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Wednesday November 04, 2020 New voter registration is open for applicants in Mobile, Alabama. Monday August 09, 2021 is the last day to register to vote for new applicants, and hand delivered on Monday August 09, 2021 by 5 pm 14 days before the Mobile City Municipal Election, on Tuesday August 24, 2021. By mail postmarked and online by Monday August 09, 2021 before 5 pm 14 days before the election, on Tuesday August 24, 2021. Polls will open at 7 am and close at 7 pm .
In 2016 there were 255,000 registered voters in Mobile County.
As of December 2020 there are 289,119 registered voters in Mobile County.
To submit an application to register to vote, you must meet the following requirements. You may used this electronic application to submit an application for voter registration or to submit an update to your registration information. In addition you must have a valid Alabama driver's license or a valid Alabama non-driver's identification card to submit an electronic voter registration application. Please note if you are 17 you can register to vote as long as you turn 18 on or before the 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 fourteen 14 days before the election day.
- If your answer is "yes", you may now begin the application process, please click here.
- If your answer is "no", please click here to access the State of Alabama Mail-In Voter Registration Form. This form is a PDF that you can fill out on your computer, print, sign, and mail to your Board of Registrars. To submit an application to register to vote, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- You must live in the State you are registering. (Alabama.)
- You must be at least 18 years of age on or before election day.
- You must not be barred from voting by reason of crimes involving moral turpitude listed under the Felony Voter Disqualification Act, by reason of a disqualifying felony conviction.
- You must not have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of law.
Please check your districts, voter registration information and registration status carefully. You may view your polling place, by using our online voter information tool to do so. If you feel that any information is incorrect. You may contact your local County Board of Registrars. For Mobile County, The Mobile County Board of Registrars at 251.574.8586.
Please remember that you are submitting an electronic application for voter registration though this web site. You are not registered to vote until the Mobile County Board of Registrars or until your local Board of Registrars reviews and approves your application.
ALABAMA SECRETARY OF STATE
John H. Merrill
Voters concerned about COVID-19 are encouraged to select the box on the affidavit, which accompanies the absentee ballot, which reads as follows: "I am physically incapacitated and will not be able to vote in person on election day."
It was unforeseen that the governor's state of emergency would be extended and that the coronavirus pandemic would continue, thus necessitating a need for voters to vote absentee for any state, county, or municipal election schedule during the public health emergency.
ABSENTEE BALLOT AVAILABILITY
Absentee ballot application are available for the Mobile Municipal Election on Tuesday August 24, 2021.
ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION DEADLINE
Completed absentee ballot application hand delivered Thursday August 19, 2021 by 5 pm.
Completed absentee ballot application must be postmarked by Thursday August 19, 2021 five calendar days prior to the election on Tuesday August 24, 2021
ABSENTEE BALLOT DEADLINE
Absentee ballot deadline postmarked one day before the election which is Monday August 23, 2021 and received by 12 noon on election day Thursday August 24, 2021
ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION
Absentee Election Office
205 Government Street
mobile, Alabama 36644
Download Absentee Ballot Application:
Absentee Ballot Search By State And Topic:
TO UNDERSTAND YOUR PROVISIONAL BALLOT
01. Provisional Ballot Instructions for Poll Workers
03. Instructions for the Provisional Ballot Officer
11. Instructions for the Board of Registrars
14. Instructions for the Absentee Election Manager
19. Recommendations for the Probate Judge
20. Recommendations for the Circuit Clerk
21. Recommendations for the Sheriff
YOU MAY VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT IN ALABAMA IF
- You will be absent from the county on Election Day.
- You are ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place.
- You are a registered Alabama voter who is temporarily living outside the county (such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside of the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person).
- You are an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than your regular polling place.
- You work a required shift - 10 hours or more - that coincides with polling hours.
- You are a caregiver for a family member who is confined to the home.
- You are incarcerated but otherwise eligible to vote.+w
- *Your absentee ballot has been received by the Absentee Election Manager, but proper voter identification has not been provided. Track your Alabama ballot to make sure it is counted
A provisional ballot is voted the same as any other ballot except you must sign an affidavit attesting to your eligibility to vote and complete a voter update form. If your name is not on the poll list, the provisional ballot will be counted only if the county board of registrars is able to confirm, after the election, that you are a duly qualified elector of the county. When you cast a provisional ballot because you did not have proper identification at the polling place, you have until the Friday following the election to submit the ID to the board of registrars. If proper ID is submitted by this deadline, the ballot will be counted. You may also cast a provisional ballot if you did not receive a requested absentee ballot or did not vote the absentee ballot. All provisional ballots are counted by noon, 7 days after the election. To find out if your provisional ballot was counted, use your state's provision ballot tool.
*ATTENTION ABSENTEE VOTER*
*Your absentee ballot has been received by the Absentee Election Manager, but proper voter identification has not been provided. Please read the following information and take the required action to ensure your vote will be counted.
1. Unless proper identification is provided to the Absentee Election Manager by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election, your ballot will become a Provisional Ballot.
2. In the event your ballot becomes a Provisional Ballot due to lack of identification, proper identification, including your address and telephone
information, must be provided to the Board of Registrars no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election.
3. In the event you fail to provide proper identification to the Board of Registrars by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election, your ballot will not be counted.
4. Anyone who casts a Provisional Ballot will be able to determine whether their vote was counted and, if the vote was not counted, the reason that the vote was not counted. The Board of Registrars, after verifying the identity of a Provisional voter, shall make available at the request of the voter, the findings of the Board of Registrars as to whether the vote was counted and, if not, the reason why. This may be accomplished by calling the Board of Registrars. There will be no charge for obtaining this information and the verification of this information will be handled in a confidential manner by all authorized participating parties.
PROVISIONS FOR VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES
Any voter who wishes to have assistance is entitled to help. You may ask anyone (except your employer, an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the voter's union) to provide that assistance for you. If you do not request a specific individual, a poll worker may assist you at your request. Polling places should be accessible to people with disabilities. If your specific disability is not accommodated, please contact your county's board of elections. For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People with Disabilities resource, and to stay up to date with the The American Association of People with Disabilities is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. Upcoming Events.
A REGISTERED VOTERS RESPONSIBILITY
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW YOUR DISTRICT, YOUR PRECINCT, AND KNOW THAT ALL YOUR PERSONAL VOTING INFORMATION IS CORRECT: YOUR NAME, YOUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS, YOUR DATE OF BIRTH, YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, YOUR DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER AND STATE, THE DATE OF EACH ELECTION AND THE TIME YOUR POLL OPEN AND CLOSE. BE AN EDUCATED VOTER, AND MOST OF ALL, DO NOT FORGET YOUR PHOTO ID.
THE THREE MAIN TYPES OF NON-DOCUMENTARY THAT VOTERS MAY BE ASKED TO SATISFY ARE
AFFIDAVIT: There are some states, such as Iowa and Minnesota, ask voters to sign an affidavit asserting their eligibility to vote and/or awareness that falsely claiming eligibility is a criminal offense. Iowa includes the full text of its affidavit in statute. Other states provide partial texts or general guidelines.
SIGNATURE: In other states, voters must provide elections officials with a signature before casting a ballot. In most cases, this involves signing a poll book or voter registration list at the polls but there are some exceptions. For example, Oregon voters must sign the return envelope include included with their mail-in ballots.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Voters may also be asked to provide personal information, either verbally or in writing, at the polls. In most cases, voters are asked to give their names and/or addresses. Maryland, New Mexico and (in certain circumstances) Minnesota, however, ask voters to provide full or partial birth dates. These requirements are not mutually exclusive. Some states require voters to satisfy more than one. In New Mexico, voters must sign a signature roster and give their names and addresses verbally and in writing which is not shared with outside sources.
NOTICE TO ALL VOTERS
PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED IN ALABAMA
A VOTER CAN USED ANY OF THE FOLLOWING FORMS
PHOTO ID AS REQUIRED PER STATE AT THE POLLS
Beginning with the June 3, 2013 primary election, Act 2011-673 requires each Alabama voter to have a specific type of photo identification to verify their identity in order to vote.
When Americans show up to vote at polls, more than likely, they will be asked you to present identification. As simple as this request sounds, it isn’t always possible. There are a myriad of reasons why a legal registered voter might show up to the polls without a standard government-issued photo ID. Presenting identification before casting a ballot might seem like a traditional rule, but it’s actually relatively new. Since the early 2000s states have been enforcing stricter voter identification requirements with each local and national election. When it comes to voting, the ID possibilities are many. Aside from the standard driver’s license, passport, state identification card, or government-issued ID, here’s a state-by-state rundown on other acceptable forms of identification to carry with you to the polls.
STATES THAT ACCEPT EXPIRED IDs
A few states actually allow voters to use an expired driver’s license or state identification card. The approved expiration time length varies from region to region, and some states require voters to be a certain age. However, if you’ve forgotten to renew your license or don’t have a current ID, this could be a good option. Double check with your voting office to verify whether or not you can use your expired ID to cast your ballot, if you live in any of the states below.
Alabama (60 days), Georgia, Indiana (1 year), Kansas (if voter is 65+), Minnesota, New Hampshire (5 years, but if voter is 65+ expiration date doesn’t matter), Texas (if voter is 70+), Virginia.
STATES THAT ACCEPT SCHOOL ISSUED IDs
The following states allow voters to use photo IDs issued by private or public colleges and universities located within their territory. Some will even accept high school IDs. Before relying on your student ID as an acceptable form of voter identification, it’s important to check your state’s specific guidelines. Some states require school IDs to showcase the voter’s signature, while other states expect the ID to have an expiration as well.
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida (must have signature), Georgia, Idaho (high school too), Illinois, Indiana (must be public with expiration date), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan (high school too), Minnesota (high school too), Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island (from any college in U.S.), South Dakota, Utah, Virginia (from any college in U.S.), Washington, West Virginia , Wisconsin (must have signature).
STATES THAT ISSUE FREE VOTER PHOTO IDs
In an effort to make voting more accessible some states offer free voter photo IDs. These aren’t the flimsy registration cards that voters receive in the mail after registering to vote (although those cards can be useful in some cases). Voter photo IDs are issued by various state offices including: a county’s registrar office, the secretary of state office, and the Department of Motor Vehicles office free of charge. The IDs include all of the necessary information to prove a voter’s identity, but can be difficult to obtain if the voter does not already have proper identification documents like a birth certificate or social security card. Still, it’s another great alternative for those who can’t afford a standard ID. Reach out to your state to see whether or not they offer this useful voting item.
Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Virginia, Wisconsin.
STATES THAT ACCEPT SWORN AFFIDAVITS
If you live in a small town where everybody knows your name, there’s a good chance you can vote without a photo ID. Of course, your state would have to allow sworn affidavits as a valid form of identification. The following states authorize voters to cast a ballot, if they sign a legal document stating that they are who they claim to be. In some cases, the voter needs two election officials to positively identify them. In other situations, the voter has to take a photo and attach it to the affidavit. The rules vary, but voters can typically cast their ballots normally, except in the case of Massachusetts. Voting IDs are not required in the New England state, but a voter must present one if asked. Should the voter not have any form of acceptable ID, they’ll have to vote on a challenged ballot using a sworn affidavit. Challenged ballots are not counted until identification is confirmed without a doubt.
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts (challenged ballot), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia.
STATES THAT ACCEPT SPORTING AND HANDGUN LICENSES
Hunters, fishers, and gun owners can use their license to cast a ballot, in various states. These identification cards, oftentimes have the carrier’s photo, name, signature, and address. All of these items are necessary when verifying a voter’s identity. Additionally, voters in some of these states can use a concealed weapons permit to vote at the polls.
Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia.
STATES THAT ACCEPT NON PHOTO DOCUMENTS
Most states highlight a lengthy list of documents that can be used to prove both identity and residency. Those documents include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government issued document, mail, debit or credit card, Medicare or Medicaid card, food stamps card and more. Sometimes poll workers might ask for multiple documents or a combination of identification forms. It’s important to check which documents are acceptable in your state and grab multiple documents from this list, if you're unable to obtain a photo ID before voting.
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado (Medicare or Medicaid card), Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.
STATES THAT RECOGNIZE TRIBAL GOVERNMENT IDs
According to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the U.S. has 574 federally recognized Indian nations. These nations have a long cumbersome history with the American government that has resulted in an uphill battle from day one. Despite being the original inhabitants of the land, Indigenous Americans have long been barred from contributing to American policies that affect their ability to self-govern. Take the 2016 Dakota Pipeline controversy, for example. When the Standing Rock Sioux tribe opposed the construction of a U.S. oil pipeline that would run under their primary water source, they were relatively ignored. Though Native Americans were granted American citizenship in 1924, they did not obtain full national voting rights until 1962. Meanwhile, voting advocates from the NCAI have worked tirelessly to highlight regions where the often ignored Native votes can influence elections. In an effort to make voting more inclusive, the following states recognize tribal government IDs.
Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
STATES THAT DON'T REQUIRE ID
Interestingly, if you’ve voted in these states, in the past, you don’t have to show your photo ID. But you might need ID to enter the polling location (case-by-case).
California, D.C. , Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts (can ask anyways), Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming.
Even with several identification options available, poll workers might still enforce strict ID rules. However, it’s important to know your voting rights and make sure your vote is counted on a regular ballot, especially when using an alternative form of identification. Before going to the polls, research your state’s policies and confirm that you have everything necessary to vote before you pull up to your precinct and vote.
ALABAMA LIST OF APPROVED FORMS PHOTO ID
Listed below are the approved forms of photo ID, as stated in the law. If a voter does not possess one of these in the State of Alabama, then he or she may receive a free Alabama photo voter ID. We are currently working to schedule future events in various locations with the Mobile Unit Locations, for more information you may also call the Mobile County Board of Registrars at 251.574.8586.
- Valid Alabama Driver's License not expired or has been expired less than 60 days.
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Driver’s License.
- Valid Alabama Nondriver ID not expired or has been expired less than 60 days.
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Nondriver ID.
- Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID Card.
Valid State Issued ID Alabama or any other state.
Valid AL Department of Corrections Release - Temporary ID (Photo Required)
Valid AL Movement/Booking Sheet from Prison/Jail System (Photo Required)
Valid Pistol Permit (Photo Required)
- Valid Federal Issued ID
- Valid US Passport
- Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or entity of this state.
- Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools.)
Digital student ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools.)
Valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state.
Digital student ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state.
Valid Military ID
Valid Tribal ID
A VOTER WHO DOES NOT PRESENT AN APPROVED PHOTO ID ON ELECTION DAY MAY VOTE BY PROVISION BALLOT
OR OTHER MEANS, AS PROVIDED BY LAW.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT VOTER ID
EXAMPLES OF DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE USED TO OBTAIN A FREE ALABAMA PHOTO VOTER ID CARD
ALL MUST CONTAIN FULL LEGAL NAME
AND DATE OF BIRTH
- Birth Certificate *
- Certificate of Citizenship
- Hospital or nursing home record
- Marriage Certificate *
- Medicare or Medicaid Document
- Military Record
- Official school record or transcript
- Social Security Administration Document
- State or Federal Census Record
*The Alabama Secretary of State’s office
has entered an agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health whereby a free birth or marriage certificate will be provided to the processing or issuing agent when a voter needs one of these documents in order to obtain a free Alabama photo voter ID card.
To Request a Mobile ID Unit, click here
To download the application for a free photo voter ID card, click here
Important Information when requesting a Mobile ID Unit Event. To receive a free Alabama Photo Voter ID card, you must complete the application and meet the following requirements:
- Provide a photo ID document or a non-photo identity document can be used if it contains your full legal name and date of birth
- You must be a registered voter in the state of Alabama
- You must not have any valid form of photo ID accepted at the polls (see list above)
WHO IS NOT REQUIRED IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA TO PROVIDE ID PRIOR TO VOTING?
The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act
There are voters who are entitled to vote by absentee ballot are pursuant to the (VAEHA) or any other federal law shall not be required to produce identification when voting by absentee ballot.
The National Conference of State Legislatures
(NCSL) Some might call Alabama’s law a strict photo identification law, because voters who don’t show a photo ID will generally be asked to cast a provisional ballot and then must bring the required ID to an election office by 5 p.m. on Friday after Election Day. However, there is an alternative: two election officials can sign sworn statements saying they know the voter.
The Uniformed Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act
is commonly referred to as (UOCAVA) are individual eligible to vote by absentee ballot. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens that are not required to provide ID prior to voting. Who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. This Act provides the legal basis for these citizens' absentee voting requirements for federal offices.
The Military Overseas Voter Empowerment
Act (MOVE) amended UOCAVA provides greater protections for Service Members, their eligible family members and other overseas citizens. Among other provisions, the MOVE Act requires States to send absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before federal elections.
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RESTORE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE
There are approximately 17,000 convicted felons in the state of Alabama who has the right to vote, and there are more than 18 million Americans with past convictions can vote right now. They just don't know it because the disenfranchisement laws in every state can be confusing. The voting rights restoration process is very simply. if you are a convicted felon and would like to understand the guidelines for Alabama voters convicted of crimes. just go to the next page. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE, and follow the step by step process and you are on your way to restoring your vote. For it is your voice.
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY IS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021