Applications for absentee ballots can be obtained at the circuit clerk’s office in the Walker County Courthouse or on the Alabama Secretary of State’s website (www.alabamavotes.gov). However, the applications must be returned to the circuit clerk’s office.
Circuit Clerk Susan Odom, the county’s absentee election manager, said there has been a steady amount of residents applying for absentee ballots this election season.
Any resident may vote using an absentee ballot by mail or in person if they fill out an application in writing no less than five days before the election. They must meet one of the following requirements:
•The person will be out of the county or state on election day.
•The person has a physical disability that prevents him or her from going to the polls.
•The person works a shift that has at least 10 hours that coincide with polling hours.
•The person is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than 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 deadline to apply for an absentee ballot will be Nov. 1.
The last day to return an absentee ballot in person is Nov. 5. No one can return another person’s ballot (except a voter’s named designee may return their medical emergency ballot).
If the ballots are mailed, they must be postmarked no later than Nov. 5, the day before the general elections.
Mailed ballots should be sent to Walker County Circuit Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1389, Jasper, AL 35502. They must be received in the U.S. Mail by no later than noon on Tuesday, Nov. 6.