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Absentee Voting

Etowah
Absentee
Voting

Cassandra C. Johnson
Absentee Election Office
801 Forrest Ave Suite 202
Gadsden, AL 35901
(256) 549-5355
cassandra.johnson@alacourt.gov

ABSENTEE VOTING
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018
GENERAL ELECTION

Cassandra Johnson, Absentee Election Manager
Etowah County Judicial Building - Circuit Clerk’s Office

Applications are now being accepted for absentee ballots for the upcoming November 6, 2018 GENERAL ELECTION and must be filed with the office of Cassandra Johnson, Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk not less than five (5) days prior to the election. The deadline to apply is the close of business day on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Any qualified elector may vote an absentee ballot by U.S. mail or in person at the absentee election manager’s office, if he or she makes application, in writing, and meets one of the following requirements:

  • The person WILL BE OUT OF COUNTY OR THE STATE on Election Day.
  • The person HAS ANY PHYSICAL ILLNESS OR INFIRMITY that prevents his or her attendance at the polls, whether he or she is within or outside of the county on the day of election.
  • The person WORKS A SHIFT WHICH HAS AT LEAST TEN (10) HOURS that coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place.
  • The person IS ENROLLED AS A STUDENT at an educational institution located outside the county of his or her personal residence which prevents his or her attendance at the polls.
  • The person IS A MEMBER OF, OR A SPOUSE OR DEPENDENT OF A MEMBER OF, THE ARMED FORCES of the United States or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.
  • The person HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS AN ELECTION OFFICER or NAMED AS A POLL WATCHER at a polling place other than his or her which regular polling place.

Applications for absentee voting and voter information are available on the website of the Alabama Secretary of State at http://www.sos.alabama.gov or at the following location:

ABSENTEE ELECTION OFFICE
ETOWAH COUNTY JUDICIAL BUILDING – 1ST FLOOR
801 FORREST AVENUE, SUITE 202
GADSDEN, AL 35901

Separate applications for absentee ballots are required for elections which are more than 42 days apart, except as to individuals voting pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff. VOTERS SHOULD MAKE APPLICATION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE OF THE November 1ST DEADLINE, to allow the time required for mail delivery.

Applications must provide the Alabama residence where the voter is registered to vote, even if the ballot is to be mailed to another address. If you have moved or had a name change and have not updated your voter registration, you should contact the Etowah County Board of Registrars at (256) 549-5385 and update your address PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT. The last day to register to vote or update your voter registration information prior to any election is no later than 14 calendar days prior to the election date. You may also register or update your voter information on line with the office of the Secretary of State at www.sos.alabama.gov.

A completed application must be returned by the VOTER, IN PERSON or by U.S. Mail. No one, not even a family member is permitted to return another person’s application. Alabama Law prohibits the acceptance of multiple applications in the same envelope.

Voter instructions will accompany each absentee ballot. A copy of valid photo identification must accompany the ballot (excluding those eligible pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act and pursuant to the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act). For more information on Voter I.D., please visit www.alabamavoterid.com.

Absentee voters must complete all information listed on the affidavit absentee envelope. If the voter’s affidavit is not complete or not signed (or marked), notarized or witnessed by two witnesses 18 years of age or older, prior to being delivered or mailed to the Absentee Election Manager, the ballot cannot be counted.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL ABSENTEE BALLOT: Any registered elector who requires emergency medical treatment of a licensed physician within five days of an election may apply for any emergency absentee ballot for the election and may vote by returning the absentee ballot (by their designee) by no later than noon on Election Day. On a special form designed by the Secretary of State and provided by the local absentee election manager, the attending physician shall describe and certify the circumstances constituting an emergency for medical treatment. This special form shall be attached to the application.

EMERGENCY BUSINESS ABSENTEE BALLOT: Any registered elector may vote an emergency business ballot if he or she is required by his or her employer under unforeseen circumstance to be out of county on an emergency business trip on Election Day. Under such circumstances, the applicant shall apply for an emergency absentee ballot at the office of the Absentee Election Manager no later than the close of the business day one day prior to election. The applicant shall complete and file an application designed by the Secretary of State for emergency business absentee voters. The form shall contain an affidavit in which the applicant shall sign or swear acknowledging that he or she was not aware of the out-of-county business requirement prior to five days before the election. After voting the ballot, the voter shall hand the ballot to the Absentee Election Manager.

Any qualified elector desiring to vote in person an absentee ballot or pick up an application for an absentee ballot may visit the office of Cassandra Johnson, Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk Office located in the Etowah County Judicial Building, 1ST floor, 801 Forrest Avenue, Suite 202 Gadsden, AL. The Absentee Office will be open Monday thru Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. (except on holidays)

VOTING DEADLINES

Last day to Register to Vote – Oct. 22, 2018 – Board of Registrars Office or Secretary of State
Last day to Apply for Absentee Ballot – Thursday, November 1, 2018
Last day voted absentee ballot may be hand delivered by voter: Monday, November 5, 2018
Last day to postmark voted ballot, returned via U.S. mail: Monday, November 5, 2018
Last day Absentee Election Mgr. may receive voted ballot by U.S. mail: November 6, 2018 at noon

For additional information concerning absentee voting, you may contact:

Cassandra “Sam” Johnson, Circuit Clerk
Absentee Election Manager
801 Forrest Avenue, Suite 202
Gadsden, AL 35901
(256) 549-5355
cassandra.johnson@alacourt.gov

If you are a member of, or a spouse or dependent of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a U.S. citizen residing overseas and qualify to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff, you may apply for a UOCAVA Application for Absentee Ballot. Two options are available on how you may receive your absentee ballot (Electronic transmission or U.S. mail). Please mark the appropriate box on the application form. For more information on Military and Overseas Voters, please visit www.alabamavotes.gov or www.fvap.gov.

When you receive your Absentee ballot by mail, it is very important that you follow the instructions carefully and return your Absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk as soon as possible. If you have any questions concerning absentee voting, you may contact Cassandra Johnson, Absentee Election Manger/Circuit Clerk at (256) 549-5355 or you may visit www.alabamavotes.gov.

If you have experienced a recent name or address change and have not updated your voter information with the Board of Registrars office, please update your voter information before mailing your application to the Absentee Election Manager. If you do not know your voting precinct, you may contact the Board of Registrars office at (256) 549-5384. The deadline to register to vote or update your voter information is Monday, July 2nd, 2018. You may also register to vote online at www.alabamavotes.gov.

*An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is signed by the voter, notarized OR has the signatures of two witnesses.

*Please mail your Application or Absentee ballot to the following address:

*Cassandra Johnson, Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk
801 Forrest Avenue Suite 202
Gadsden, AL 35901

If you desire to vote absentee in person or require assistance, please visit the Etowah Co. Circuit Clerk’s Office, Absentee Elections Division located in the Etowah County Judicial Building at the above listed address, business hours are from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (except for holidays).

Respectfully,

Cassandra Johnson
Absentee Elections Manager/Circuit Clerk

When does absentee voting start?

The Probate Judge is required by law to provide ballots and supplies to the Absentee Election Manager 55 days before an election. Applications are now being accepted for absentee ballots for the Primary Election deadline.

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What are the qualifications for obtaining an absentee ballot?

There is no provision in Alabama law for early voting. You may vote absentee if you meet one of the following criteria and can make sworn affidavit as to one of the reasons stated below:

QUALIFICATIONS FOR A TRADITIONAL ABSENTEE BALLOT §17-10-3, Code of Alabama

  • The voter will be out of the county or state on Election Day.
  • The voter is physically incapacitated and will not be able to vote in person on Election Day.
  • The voter works a shift which has at least (10) hours that coincide with the polling hours at their regular polling place.
  • The voter is a student at and educational institution located outside the county of their permanent residence; and are, therefore, unable to vote at their usual polling place on Election Day.
  • The voter is a member of, or the spouse of a member of, the armed forces of the United States or are otherwise entitled to vote by absentee pursuant the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42, U.S.C. 1973ff.
  • The voter has been appointed as an election officer at a polling place which is not their regular polling place.

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How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

You can call the Absentee Election Office at (256)549-5355 or come by and pick up an application at the office of the Etowah County Circuit Clerk at the Etowah County Judicial Building, located downtown Gadsden. The Address is 801 Forrest Ave. Suite 202 Gadsden, AL 35901 You can also download the form available in the AlabamaVotes.gov or http://www.sos.state.al.us/Elections/AbsenteeVotingInfo.aspx. PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU FILL OUT AND MAIL IN YOUR APPLICATION.

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Where do I mail the application?

The application must be mailed to: Cassandra Johnson, Absentee Election Manager, 801 Forrest Ave. Suite 202 Gadsden, AL 35901. By law (AG Opinion 82-551), each application must be mailed in a separate envelope. Multiple applications (even for husband and wife) which are mailed in the same envelope will be returned to the voter. Applications cannot be faxed to the Absentee Election Manager. For voter applications and absentee applications visit: AlabamaVotes.gov.

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Can I vote absentee in person?

Yes, you can come by the Absentee Election Manager's office Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM (except on holidays) and complete an application and vote while you are in the office. The cut-off date is Thursday (five days before an election). The address is 801 Forrest Ave. Suite 202 Gadsden, AL 35901.

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If I am voting absentee by mail, when do I send in the copy of my ID?

After you complete an application, you will receive your ballot and supplies. Unless you qualify for exemption, you will need to send a copy of your ID at that time. Please read your instructions carefully as to how it is to be returned. Do not seal up your ID in either one of the white envelopes. Your ID should be placed inside the brown return envelope.

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How do I find out where my voting precinct is?

You can call the Lee County Board of Registrars at (256) 549-5342 for information on your voting precinct.

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Does my absentee ballot have to be witnessed or notarized?

Yes, by law, your ballot must either be notarized OR witnessed by two people 18 years of age or older. These may be other family members. If your ballot has not been notarized or witnessed by 2 people, it will not be counted.

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I have a relative serving in the military, how can they vote absentee?

Any military personnel can contact the military voting assistance officer and request Standard Form 76-A which is a Federal Post Card Absentee Ballot Request. It is postage pre-paid. These applications are good for all elections in the same calendar year, so once this application is received, the applicant will automatically be mailed or emailed (if that is the selected method of receipt) a ballot for upcoming elections they are eligible to vote in. For more information, go to fvap.gov. You can also download an Absentee Ballot Application from this website. The Absentee Election Manager should be notified if there is a change of address of military voter between elections.

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