Just because you turned in a voter registration application does not necessarily mean you are registered to vote.
Once your application has been processed by your local Board of Registrars, you should receive an acknowledgement from the Registrars indicating the status of your application.
This acknowledgement will usually be a voter identification card confirming that you are registered to vote.
However, if your application was incomplete, you may receive a letter requesting additional information to complete your application.
If you are unsure about the status of your application, you can always
call your local Board of Registrars and check.
Yes. As long as you turn 18 before an election, 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 though that you must turn your voter registration application in before the deadline for registering.
You must contact the Board of Registrars and submit an update to your voter registration record.
Remember, where you live determines who represents you.
To be sure you are voting on the right candidates, it is important to be voting in the right precinct.
When you move across county lines, you must register to vote in your new county.
Voter registration does not automatically follow you from one county to another.
Yes, it is too late to register to vote for that election.
To participate in an election, you must submit your application before registration closes for that election.
If you have not already placed your ballot in the ballot box or electronic voting machine, you may ask a poll worker for another ballot.
The poll worker will spoil your first ballot so that it cannot be counted or reused.
Yes, "electioneering" or campaigning is permitted outside the polling place.
However, this activity must not be closer than 30 feet to the entrance of the polling place.
If the polling place is within a building, the campaigning must not be closer than 30 feet to the entrance of the building.
Yes, if you ask the candidate to help you. The only people who may not assist a voter are the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union.
MAY I WEAR CAMPAIGN BUTTONS OR TEE SHIRTS WITH POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENTS INTO THE POLLING PLACE?
Yes. However, the voter should not leave any campaign materials in the polling place.
Yes. However, the voter should not leave the sample ballot in the polling place.
No. A voter is not required to vote on constitutional amendments. Similarly, a voter is not required to vote in all contests on the ballot.
Participation is the voter’s choice.
Yes. In fact, if you choose not to participate in nominating candidates for either political party, you can request a constitutional amendment ballot that contains only the proposed constitutional amendments.
In Alabama, the Primary Election is part of the nominating process for a political party.
It is used to select who will represent a party in the general election.
You are required to choose one political party’s primary over another because you cannot participate in the nomination of both parties’ candidates.
However, in the general election, you are able to split your ticket and vote for candidates from each political party.
It depends on the political party. The Democratic Party has a cross-over voting rule which prohibits anyone who voted in the Republican Party Primary from voting in the Democratic Runoff.
The Republican Party does not have a cross-over voting rule. It is okay for voters who participated in the Democratic primary to vote in the Republican Runoff.
Therefore, if you voted in the Democratic Primary, you may vote in either the Democratic Runoff or the Republican Runoff.
If you voted in the Republican Primary, you may vote only in the Republican Runoff.
No. Voters have a right to cast their ballot in secrecy and in private.
Photography in the polling place may violate this right.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice has advised that photography or videotaping inside a polling place does not serve any useful purpose and may instead actually intimidate voters who are exercising their right to vote.
Office of the Secretary of State
Elections & Voter Fraud Hotline
Statewide: 1-800-274-VOTE (8683)
In the Montgomery area: (334) 242-7210
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