Absentee Ballots Available for Senate Race
Following this morning’s Election Meeting of the stakeholders in the Jefferson County Election process, Judge Alan King announced that “If you’re going to be unable to go to the polls Aug. 15 to vote in the special Senate primary election, applications for absentee ballots now available in Jefferson County.”
Absentee ballot applications are available online at http://jeffcoprobatecourt.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Absentee-Ballot-Application.pdf . The last day to request an absentee ballot is Aug. 10. Applications must be sent in by mail or hand-delivered by the actual applicant.
Absentee ballot applications may also be requested in the office of Circuit Clerk Anne Marie Adams in Room 420 of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham and in the office of Deputy Circuit Clerk Karen Dunn Burks at the new Bessemer Courthouse.
To receive an absentee ballot, a qualified voter must submit an application and meet one of the following requirements:
- Will be out of the county on Election Day.
- Has any physical illness or disability which prevents attendance at the polling place.
- Works a shift, ten (10) hours or more that coincides with polling hours.
- Is a student at an educational institution located outside the county of permanent residence
- Is an election officer at a polling place which is not their regular polling place
- Is a member of, spouse or dependent of, a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, or a U.S. citizen living outside the United States qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
The Democratic and Republican primaries will take place Aug. 15 for each party to select a candidate for the General Election to fill the position vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General. The General Election will be held on December 12. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent in his or her primary, a runoff will be held on September 26.
Questions can be directed to the Absentee Election Manager- Birmingham (205) 325-5313 and Bessemer (205) 497-8513. The Jefferson County Elections Coordinator, Alexandria Stephens, can be reached at (205) 254-7387.
Campaign Finance Reports
Per Section 17-5-9 (e) in The Code of Alabama 1975, “Commencing with the 2018 election cycle, all principal campaign committees and political action committees that file with the judge of probate, other than candidates for municipal office, shall file electronically with the Secretary of State pursuant to this chapter.”
The Alabama Legislature passed Act 2016-450 relating to counting write-in votes, in the August, 2016 Special Session. Beginning with the General Election on November 8, 2016, write-in votes will NOT be counted on election night. Rather, if the election night (unofficial) vote total for a particular race reflects that the vote differential is LESS than the number of write-in votes cast, then, in that event, write-ins for that particular race will be counted during the week following the Tuesday election, and will be addressed at the meeting for tabulating provisional ballots cast. (Note: Election results are NOT official until provisional ballots have been counted, Write-In Votes, if applicable, have been addressed, and the election results have been canvassed).
If you are interested in becoming a candidate in 2016 for a local office in Jefferson County, the qualifying periods are:
- Jefferson County Democratic Party: September 14, 2015 – November 6, 2015
- Jefferson County Republican Party: October 23, 2015 – November 6, 2015
If you are interested in becoming a candidate in 2016 for a state-wide office in Alabama, the qualifying periods are:
- Alabama Democratic Party: September 14, 2015 – November 6, 2015
- Alabama Republican Party: October 5, 2015 – November 6, 2015
State qualifying is with the state party office and local qualifying (Jefferson County) is with the county chairperson for each political party.
Declaration of candidacy must be filed with the county party chairman no later than 5:00 PM on November 6, 2015.
§17-13-5(a) Code of Alabama 1975
Fair Ballot Commission Statement
Act 2014-399, known as the Alabama Informed Voter Act, created the Fair Ballot Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to provide to the public a fair and accurate explanation of what a vote for and what a vote against a statewide measure represents.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Beginning with the November 4, 2014 General Election, registration for new voters will end 14 days before the election. (Previously, the cut-off for registering to vote in the upcoming election was 10 days prior to the day of the election).
The Alabama legislature enacted Senate Bill 235 in April, 2014, amending Sections 17-3-50 and 17-4-2 Code of Alabama 1975.
Senate Special Primary Election – August 15, 2017:
The last day to register to vote is Monday, July 31, 2017. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975
Senate Special Primary Runoff Election – September 26, 2017:
The last day to register to vote is Monday, September 11, 2017. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975
Senate Special General Election – December 12, 2017:
The last day to register to vote is Monday, November 27, 2017. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975
NEW ELECTION EQUIPMENT PURCHASED
Jefferson County has purchased new Elections Systems and Software (ES&S) DS200 Voting Tabulators and they will be launched at the Presidential Preference Primary Election on March 1, 2016.
For many years past, Jefferson County has used the M100 Tabulators and the new state of the art tabulators will be used for many years to come.
VOTER ADDRESS CHANGE EFFECTIVE APRIL 18, 2014
The Alabama Supreme Court issued an Opinion (Davis v. Bennett, 1111629) on April 18, 2014 regarding a Voter’s change of address.
As a voter is showing their Photo ID, the Poll Worker will look up the voter information and ask, “Is this your current address?”
If the answer is “NO”, the voter will be given the proper precinct name so they can travel to their proper precinct. At their new precinct, the voter will need to complete a Voter Update form, and vote a provisional ballot.
It is suggested that voters update their information upon moving instead of waiting until Election Day. The Voter will need to do so prior to 10 days before an election. (Note: Beginning with the November 4, 2014 General Election, the Voter will need to update their address 14 days prior to the election).
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).
NEW VOTER ID LAW EFFECTIVE JUNE 3, 2014
With the new Voter Identification law set to take effect with the Primary elections on June 3, 2014, it is important for as many citizens as possible to become aware of the new requirements.
A photo ID will be the only valid form of identification. There are many senior citizens and others who do not have valid Driver’s Licenses. If not, and if someone does not have a photo ID (a valid Alabama or U.S. government photo ID, a valid county or municipal photo ID, a valid U.S. Passport, a valid Student photo ID, a valid Military ID with photo, a valid Tribal ID with photo), a non-Driver’s License photo ID will be required.
The Alabama Secretary of State has placed equipment in the Board of Registrar’s Office at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Room 410 A to issue non-Driver’s License photo IDs at no cost. The telephone number is (205) 325-5550, and their office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
In addition, the Alabama Secretary of State has scheduled for a mobile van to appear and issue non-Driver’s License photo ID’s, free of charge, at the following locations in Jefferson County on June 20, 2017 between the hours of 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM:
Kirkwood by the River Retirement Community located at 3605 Ratliff Road, Birmingham, AL 35210
9:30 – 12 PM Bessemer, Alabama – Bessemer Public Library, 400 19th Street North, 35020
1 PM – 4 PM – Center Point, Alabama – Center Point City Hall, 2209 Center Point Parkway, 35215
9 AM – 12 PM – Brighton, Alabama – Brighton Senior Services Center, 4100 Main Street, 35020
1 PM – 4 PM – Gardendale, Alabama – Gardendale Civic Center, 970 Main St, Gardendale, Al 35071
9 AM – 12 PM – Irondale, Alabama – Irondale Detective Building, 5415 Beacon Drive Suite 123, 35210
1 PM – 4 PM – Leeds, Alabama – Leeds Civic Center, 1000 Park Drive, 35094
9 AM – 12 PM – Pinson, Alabama – Pinson Public Library, 4410 Main Street, Pinson, Al 35126
9 AM – 12 PM – Trussville, Alabama – Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, 35173
1 PM – 4 PM – Warrior, Alabama – Warrior City Council Chambers, 215 North Main Street 35180
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM – Hoover, Alabama – Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, 35216