Organisation : Alabama Secretary of State
Facility Name : Military & Overseas Absentee Voting
Applicable For : Military and other overseas citizens
City/State/Country : Alabama, USA
Website : https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/military-overseas-voting
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SOS Alabama Absentee Voting
Military and other overseas citizens are welcome to use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail.
Related / Similar Facility : SOS Alabama Voter Registration
However, there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States. In addition to this web page, the Federal Voting Assistance Program web site has information for these voters: www.fvap.gov.
Qualifying To Vote
In order to vote in Alabama, you must meet the following qualifications:
** You must be a United States Citizen
** You must live in Alabama (or you must have maintained Alabama as your legal residence; for U.S. citizens residing overseas, Alabama must have been your last place of residence prior to moving overseas)
** You must be at least 18 years old
** You must not have been convicted of a disqualifying felony (unless your voting rights have been restored; see the list of disqualifying felony convictions here)
** You must not have been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court (unless your rights have been restored)
Registering To Vote
You may apply for voter registration on the same day you move into Alabama, if you decide to make this your legal residence. If you are an Alabama resident stationed away from home, you should begin the voter registration process as soon as possible in the election year in order for the application to go through the mail and processing system with extra time for correcting any errors or omissions.
The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is the primary form to use to register to vote. (It can also be used to request an absentee ballot at the same time). The FPCA may be obtained from a military member’s Unit Voting Assistance Officer or from the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website or by calling the Secretary of State’s office toll-free at 1-800-274-VOTE (8683). U.S. citizens may also obtain the form from the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s web site or by calling the Secretary of State’s office toll-free at 1-800-274-VOTE (8683).
In addition of the Secretary of State’s office, the following locations provide voter registration services to their clients:
The Board of Registrars office in your Alabama county of residence:
** Armed forces recruiting stations
** Department of Human Resources
** State and local government offices when applying for Rehabilitation Services, WIC, Medicaid, or SNAP and TANF.
** Offices of Probate Judges and License Commissioners
** Public libraries, colleges, and universities
Voting By Absentee Ballot
The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is the primary form for obtaining an absentee ballot. The FPCA may be obtained from a military member’s Unit Voting Assistance Officer or from the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website or by calling the Secretary of State’s office toll-free at 1-800-274-VOTE (8683).
U.S. citizens residing overseas may also obtain the form from the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s web site or by calling the Secretary of State’s office toll-free at 1-800-274-VOTE (8683).
Electronic Ballot Delivery:
Military members (and their spouses and dependents) and U.S. citizens residing overseas can receive their absentee ballot electronically by properly requesting electronic ballot transmission on the absentee ballot application and providing an email address.
Electronic Ballot Submission:
If located outside the territorial limits of the United States, military members (and their spouses and dependents) and U.S. citizens residing overseas can also return their voted ballots electronically. To qualify for electronic ballot submission, be sure that your absentee ballot application (e.g., the FPCA) reflects that you reside in a foreign country.
Returning your Absentee Ballot:
Regardless of how you receive your absentee ballot, mark your vote(s) and return the ballot without delay. The ballot may be returned by mail or commercial carrier (i.e., UPS, FedEx, DHL) or electronically (as noted above) if you are located in foreign country.
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot:
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by Uniformed Services members on active duty, members of the merchant marine, and their spouses or dependents under the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, which applies to primary, primary runoff, general or special elections for county, state or federal offices and for proposed constitutional amendments or other referenda.
You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities. You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 7 DAYS before the election if returned by mail or 5 DAYS if hand-delivered.
Then if you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. Your FWAB must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by your local voting official in Alabama no later than noon on the seventh day after Election Day. Your Unit Voting Assistance Officer can assist you with this and other voting procedures or problems.
Making Sure Your Ballot Counts:
** Request your absentee ballot as EARLY as possible. However, election officials must receive your FPCA at least 7 days before Election Day if returned by mail and 5 days before Election Day if hand-delivered.
** Make sure your local election officials have your current mailing address.
** Fill in all the information completely and take care to assure that it will be easy to read.
** Sign and date all election materials.
** Have the proper witnesses sign the affidavit on the outside of the absentee ballot return envelope.