Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be an Alabama resident.
  • You need to be 18 years old within 90 days of completing your voter registration application (and you may vote if you are at least 18).
  • You can't have been convicted of a disqualifying felony (unless civil and political rights have been restored).
  • You can't have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" (unless the disability has removed).
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in Alabama, please contact:

Elections Division: (334)-242-7210

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked/hand-delivered by: 11 days before Election Day.

Felony Information

Under Alabama law, many people with a disqualifying felony conviction can register or re-register to vote if they've completed their sentence, paid all fines, restitution and court costs, and have no charges pending against them. You must apply to have your right to vote restored. If you meet the criteria for voting rights restoration, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles will issue you a certificate of eligibility to register to vote," which you must present when you register to vote. For more information on how to apply for voting rights restoration, visit the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles or call 334-242-8700.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from Alabama who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're an Alabama resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what Alabama says about residency: In Alabama, your residence is where you are domiciled. "Domiciled" means physically living at a particular place, with an intention to remain there permanently or for an indefinite length of time. You do not lose your domicile by being temporarily absent without intending to remain in that other place. This determination is based on the surrounding circumstances in your individual case.
  • If you determine you're an Alabama resident, but won't be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, Alabama residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

Alabama says you need to bring ONE form of ID, such as:
  • Valid driver's license or other government-issued photo identification
  • Utility bill with your name and address
  • Bank statement with your name and address
  • Valid United States military identification
  • Valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • Valid Alabama hunting or fishing license
For a complete list of acceptable forms of ID, please visit the Secretary of State website at http://www.sos.state.al.us/Elections/VoterID.aspx

Same Day Registration

No

Early Voting Information

If you can't make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early by mail using an absentee ballot if you meet certain requirements. To vote early by mail, request your absentee ballot by at least 5 days before the election. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election, and received before noon on Election Day. If you want to hand deliver your ballot, do so by 5:00 p.m. the day before the election. You can request an absentee ballot if you meet ANY ONE of the following requirements:
  • Will be away from your home county on Election Day; or
  • Are ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place; or
  • Are a registered Alabama voter living outside your home 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; or
  • Are an appointed elections officer or poll worker at a polling place other than your regular polling place; or
  • Work a required shift of 10 hours or more, that coincides with polling hours

Secretary of State