Voting is central to the fabric of American democracy. You have taken the first important step by visiting the 2018 Alabama Voter Resource Guide. Read below to find out if you are registered, find your polling place, find a ride to the polls, find out how to protect your vote, learn about Alabama election laws, and see answers to frequently asked questions about voter ID laws and crossover voting laws. If you have any questions or need help accessing the resources listed here, call us at 334.593.2591.
Am I a Registered Voter?
What should I know about voting in Alabama before I head to the polls?
Where is my polling location?
- Locate your polling place (must know your county)
- Locate your polling place (may use street address)
What if I need a ride to the polls?
How do I protect my vote?
What are the laws surrounding voting in Alabama?
Voter ID F.A.Q.
Do I need a voter ID to vote in Alabama?
What forms of ID are accepted?
- Valid Driver’s License
- Valid Non-driver ID
- Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID
- Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
- Valid Federal Issued ID
- Valid US Passport
- Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state
- Valid student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
- Valid Military ID
- Valid Tribal ID
What if I don’t have an acceptable form of ID?
- A voter who is required to present valid photo identification but who does not do so will be allowed to vote a provisional ballotas provided by law. The voter casting a provisional ballot will have until 5:00PM on the Friday after the election to submit valid photo identification, otherwise the ballot will not be counted.
- In addition, a voter who does not have a valid photo ID in his or her possession at the polls shall be permitted to vote a regular ballot if the individual is positively identified by two election officials as a voter on the poll list who is eligible to vote and the election officials sign a sworn affidavit so stating.
- More info:
Crossover Voting F.A.Q.
I voted in Republican primary but want to vote in Democratic runoff. Can I?
No, but you weren’t allowed to before the crossover voting ban was passed anyway. Democrats in Alabama have had a longstanding party rule prohibiting Republicans or anyone who voted in another party’s primary from voting in their runoffs.
I voted in Democratic primary but want to vote in Republican runoff. Can I?
No, though you could have in the past. Alabama Republicans had no party rule preventing crossover voting.
Why the change?
Supporters of the bill said it prevents one party from exerting undue influence on the other party’s race. Crossover voting has been a major issue in past state elections.
What if you’re an independent?
You can still vote in the primary, but you’ll have to pick a party during the primary and can only vote in that party’s runoff.
What if you didn’t vote in the primary?
If you didn’t vote in either party primary, you’re free to vote in the runoff of your choosing. The crossover rule only applies to those who cast a ballot in the primary and any subsequent runoffs.
What about the general election?
You can vote for whomever you want to during the general election, no matter which candidate or party you supported in the primary or runoff. The party choice doesn’t bind you for future elections either, so if you vote in the Republican primary and runoff during one election cycle, you are free to vote Democratic in the next.
The crossover voting ban bill also includes a provision that will allow for the replacement of paper sign-in sheets with electronic polling books. Any change from paper to electronic records would have to be approved by the County Commission and Probate Judge in the county or a municipal governing body where the election is being held.
The electronic books were used on a trial basis by 25 counties in the November 2016 election.
Message from the Secretary of State: