Anyone who will be out of town or working during the runoff election is eligible to cast an absentee ballot, including those serving in the military or those who are physically unable to make it to the polls on election day.
Those requesting an absentee ballot must fill out an application and return it to the circuit clerk’s office.
The absentee ballots can be filled out and cast at the circuit clerk’s office, or they can be mailed to Odom’s office. Mailed absentee ballots must be notarized or have two witnesses to verify their identity.
If multiple people living in one home are filing absentee ballots, each ballot must be in a separate envelope, and must have the required notarization or signature verification to be counted.
According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, an absentee vote delivered in person must be received in the clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on July 14. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than July 14 and must be received in the clerk’s office by noon on July 15.
The Republican ballot for the runoff election will have races for the Walker County Sheriff, Alabama Public Service Commission and State Auditor as well as a state constitutional amendment related to cotton producers. The Democratic ballot will only have the amendment because there are no local or state runoffs.
Anyone with questions concerning the use of absentee ballots can call the Circuit Clerk’s office at (205) 384-7268.