Absentee Voting

GET AN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION (click here)

WHO MAY VOTE ABSENTEE:

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

  • WILL BE ABSENT FROM THE COUNTY on election day
  • IS ILL OR HAS A PHYSICAL DISABILITY that prevents a trip to the polling place [ID REQUIRED]
  • HAS AN PHYSICAL ILLNESS OR INFIRMITY which prevents attendance at the polls. ⁕ Is unable to access polling place due to neurological, musculoskeletal, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, or other life-altering disorders that affect the ability to perform manual tasks, stand for any length of time, walk unassisted, see, hear or speak and: is aged 65 or older; or is a voter with a disability [ID NOT REQUIRED]
  • IS A REGISTERED ALABAMA VOTER LIVING OUTSIDE THE COUNTY such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
  • IS A MEMBER OF, OR A SPOUSE OR DEPENDENT of a member of, the Armed Forces of the United States or is otherwise similarly qualified to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 52 U.S.C § 20302 [ID NOT REQUIRED]
  • IS AN APPOINTED ELECTION OFFICER OR POLL WATCHER at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place
  • WORKS A REQUIRED SHIFT, 10-HOURS OR MORE, that coincides with polling hours
  • IS A CAREGIVER for a family member to the second degree of kinship and family member is confined to his or her home
  • IS CURRENTLY INCARCERATED in prison or jail and have not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude

BUSINESS/MEDICAL EMERGENCY VOTING applications can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election, if the voter:

  • is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or
  • has a medical emergency requiring treatment by a licensed physician
  • is a caregiver of a person who required emergency treatment by a licensed physician within five (5) days before an election [voter must deliver application by hand to Absentee Election Manager no later than the day prior to the election]
  • family member to the second degree of kinship by affinity or consanguinity died within five (5) days before an election [voter must deliver application by hand to Absentee Election Manager no later than the day prior to the election]

In addition, 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.

APPLY WITH: Honorable Brad Curnutt, Circuit Court Clerk/Absentee Election Manager
Physical Address: 200 West Washington Street, Athens, AL  35611
Mailing Address: 200 West Washington Street, Athens, AL  35611
Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. until Noon and 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.) – Central
(256) 216-3875

For statewide elections, absentee ballot applications and completed absentee ballots should be hand delivered or mailed to the Absentee Election Manager.