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Questions Regarding In-Person Absentee Voting

See the answers to more commonly asked questions

What is “In Person Absentee” voting?
In Person Absentee voting refers to a person who visits the Absentee Election Manager’s office in Birmingham (5th Floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse) or Bessemer (Basement of the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex-Bessemer)and completes the entire process of applying for, obtaining and voting his or her absentee ballot during that visit.

Can I vote “In Person Absentee” if I am concerned about COVID-19 exposure on November 3 but would otherwise be able to vote at my regular precinct?
Yes.  The Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill, has issued an emergency rule that provides that a person who is concerned about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may select “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls.” as his or her reason for voting absentee.  Note that ID is required to do so.

If I vote “In Person Absentee,” is my vote counted immediately?
No.  Your absentee ballot is kept in its sealed secrecy envelope, just as if it was mailed in, until November 3, 2020.  Absentee ballots are not processed until the polls close at 7:00 pm on November 3, 2020.

What is the last day to vote “In Person Absentee” for the 2020 General Election?
By law, Thursday, October 29, 2020, is the last day that a person may apply for an absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election.  This means that October 29 is also the last day that a person may vote “In Person Absentee,” which, as noted above, is the common term for a person who visits the Absentee Election Manager’s office in Birmingham or Bessemer and completes the entire process of applying for, obtaining and voting his or her absentee ballot during that visit.  Please note that a person who has applied for and received an absentee ballot may hand-deliver it to the Birmingham or Bessemer Absentee Elections Manager, as appropriate, on October 30 or November 2, but no one may initiate the process of requesting an absentee ballot after October 29.  Please note also that you must mail or hand-deliver your absentee ballot to the correct division (Birmingham or Bessemer), as these are not interchangeable.

Deadlines for 2020 Presidential Election & Absentee Voting Instructions

Secretary of States Issues Emergency Rule for General Election Absentee Voting During COVID-19 Pandemic

Emergency Administrative Rule (PDF)

July 14 Primary Runoff Voting and Mask Guidance

For the July 14 primary run-off election, Alabama Secretary of State Merrill and Attorney General Marshall have issued guidance to county election officials stating unequivocally that under the Alabama Constitution no voter may be required to wear a mask or comply with other COVID-19 related safety measures as a condition to entering a polling place and exercising the right to vote. 

The Jefferson County Elections Commission is also mindful that since June 29, our county has been under a mandatory mask ordinance.  With the support of the Jefferson County Commission, the JCEC has taken extraordinary measures to sanitize voting precincts and to provide PPE to our poll workers.  While we strongly encourage all voters to take appropriate precautions—including wearing a covering over the nose and mouth and practicing physical distancing—in order to protect our volunteer poll workers, watchers and others voters in the spirit of mutual respect and care, no voter will be required to wear a mask in order to vote.  

With respect to how this may impact any particular polling location out of the nearly 170 being used on Tuesday, we ask all voters to please be patient and accommodating as our poll workers and election officials work to ensure that every voter who wishes to do so may vote.

Primary Runoff Elections

Primary Runoff Election – July 14, 2020:

The last day to register to vote is Monday, June 29, 2020. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975

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.”

Write-In Votes

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).

Candidate Qualifying

If you are interested in becoming a candidate in 2019 for a local office in Jefferson County, the qualifying periods are:

    • Jefferson County Democratic Party: September 27, 2019 – November 8, 2019
    • Jefferson County Republican Party: October 8, 2019 – November 8, 2019

If you are interested in becoming a candidate in 2019 for a state-wide office in Alabama, the qualifying periods are:

    • Alabama Democratic Party: September 27, 2019 – November 8, 2019
    • Alabama Republican Party: October 8, 2019 – November 8, 2019

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 8, 2019.
§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.

PRECINCT CHANGES

View 2018 Birmingham precinct changes.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The voter registration deadline is 14 days before 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.

Presidential Preference & Alabama Statewide Primary Election – March 3, 2020:

The last day to register to vote is Monday, February 17, 2020. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975

Primary Runoff Election – July 14, 2020:

The last day to register to vote is Monday, June 29, 2020. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975

General and Constitutional Amendment Election – November 3, 2020:

The last day to register to vote is Monday, October 19, 2020. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975

NEW ELECTION EQUIPMENT PURCHASED

Jefferson County has purchased new Electronic Poll Books (Poll Pads), and they will be launched Countywide in the Statewide Primary Election on June 5, 2018.

For many years past, Jefferson County has used a paper roster for voter check-in. This new system has been proven to decrease voters’ wait time on Election Day and simplify the check-in process. The new state of the art Poll Pads 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 14 days before an 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).