Probate Court Of Jefferson County, Alabama

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What forms of Identification (ID) do I need to vote?
If I left my Photo ID at home, can I vote a Provisional Ballot?
If I have moved, can I vote at my former precinct?
Where can I get a Voter Update Form?
Is ID required when voting by Military or Overseas citizens?
Can anyone vote Absentee?
Is there such a thing as Business/Medical Emergency voting?
Other than UOCAVA, or Absentee, or Business/Emergency, does Alabama have early voting?
Does Alabama have Election Centers?
Is there a deadline to register to vote prior to an Election?

What forms of Identification (ID) do I need to vote?

Beginning with the June 3, 2014 Primary elections, all voters must have a Photo ID. Allowable forms of Photo ID include: A valid (not expired) Alabama Driver’s license; a valid non-driver license; a valid U.S. passport; a valid employee ID issued by any branch, department or agency of the State of Alabama, or the U.S. Government or any county or municipality; a valid student ID with photo; a valid military ID with photo; or a valid tribal ID with photo.
(Note: If a Driver’s License has been expired less than 60 days, the voter can cast a regular ballot. Section 32-6-1 (b) Code of Alabama. Also, if two election officials positively identify a voter, and sign a sworn affidavit, a voter will be able to cast a regular ballot without a Photo ID. Section 17-9-30 (e)).

If I left my Photo ID at home, can I vote a Provisional Ballot?

Yes.
But the voter must then travel to the Board of Registrar’s Office at the Jefferson County (Birmingham) Courthouse, and present their Photo ID by the Friday following the Tuesday election. The Registrar’s Office is in the Courthouse Annex, Room 410-A, 716 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203. The telephone number for the Board of Registrar’s is (205) 325-5550.

If I have moved, can I vote at my former precinct?

No. The Alabama Supreme Court issued an opinion (Davis v. Bennett, WL 1508700) on this issue on April 18, 2014.

As a voter is showing their Photo ID on Election Day, the Poll Worker will look up the voter information (name and address). If the Poll Worker becomes aware that a voter has moved, and has not updated their address with the Board of Registrars, the Poll Worker will assist the Voter by calling the Board of Registrars, (205) 325-5550, to obtain the correct (updated) precinct voting location. The Voter will then be informed that they need to travel to the new precinct. Upon arrival of the Voter at the proper precinct, that precinct will also call the Board of Registrars to obtain the proper ballot style. The Voter will complete a Voter Update Form and will cast a Provisional Ballot (that will count, assuming a Photo ID is presented).

(Note: It should be added that if a Voter does not wish to travel to their new (proper) precinct on Election Day, they will be allowed to vote at their former precinct by completing a Voter Update Form and by voting a Provisional Ballot; however, their vote, to put it bluntly because voters deserve honesty, will not count when the provisional ballots are tabulated because they are not voting at the proper precinct. That is the current state of the law in Alabama).

It is suggested that Voters update their information upon moving instead of waiting until Election Day.

Where can I get a Voter Update Form?

Voter Update Forms are available from the Jefferson County Registrar, Barry Stephenson, 716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Room 410-A, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Telephone: (205) 325-5550, or from Jefferson County Probate Court in Birmingham, 716 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Room 120, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Telephone: (205) 254-7387, or from Bessemer Probate, 1851 2nd Ave. N., Bessemer, Alabama 35020, Telephone: (205) 481-4100, or on-line at www.jeffcoelectionsal.com, click on VOTERS, and then on Register To Vote (the Form can also be used to update an address), print it, fill it in and mail to the Registrar (The mailing address for Jefferson County is on the form).

Is ID required when voting by Military or Overseas citizens?

No.
Under the Uniform and Overseas Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), voters entitled to vote by absentee ballot shall NOT be required to produce ID prior to voting.

Can anyone vote Absentee?

No.
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
  • 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 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 there such a thing as Business/Medical Emergency voting?

Yes.

  • If 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 from a licensed physician

Other than UOCAVA, or Absentee, or Business/Emergency, does Alabama have early voting?

No.
Unlike quite a few states in which voters can cast their ballots several weeks prior to Election Day, Alabama does NOT have early voting.

Does Alabama have Election Centers?

No.
Many states have large facilities which any voter can visit to cast their ballot no matter where they live. Alabama uses a polling precinct system at which voters can only vote in the precinct in which they reside.

Is there a deadline to register to vote prior to an Election?

Yes.
The deadline to register to vote is 10 days before Election Day. Beginning with the November 4, 2014 General Election, the deadline to register to vote is 14 days before Election Day.