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Resolution for absentee ballot issue

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath fills out...
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath fills out her ballot at the Scott County Public Library in Georgetown, Ky. McGrath was in elementary school when Mitch McConnell was first elected to the Senate. Now, 36 years later, the Democrat who reached her dreams of becoming a military aviator has set her sights on a mission no one else has achieved — ending the Republican leader's career. (AP Photo/James Crisp)(James Crisp | AP)
Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 3:20 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -The overturning of an Alabama US district judge’s ruling has many wondering if their absentee ballot will be counted.

Starting September 30th Alabama voters were allowed by a federal ruling to submit absentee ballots without a notarized statement or without two witnesses signing an absentee affidavit envelope.

That ruling was dismissed on October the 13th.

The waiver will be honored for anyone whose absentee ballot was postmarked returning to the absentee manager’s office between those two dates.

Any ballots received outside of that window would have to adhere to state law.

The good news is there is an alternative route for those who submitted their ballots without witnesses outside of the dates.

“They can actually apply for a provisional on election day or they can contact their local circuit clerk absentee election manager to see if an accommodation can be made for them through the absentee process to make sure that their vote will count,” says Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

Provisional ballots will be counted seven days after the election.

We are one week away from electing our next local, state, and national officials, but you can start preparing for the big day now.

Officials are encouraging voters to be prepared when they get to the polls on Tuesday.

Merrill wants Alabamians to make sure they know who they wish to vote for before they enter the polls and be prepared to vote for those candidates before they exist the location.

Voters can learn about candidates, make sure they are registered to vote, and arrange transportation in advance.

“We have 1,980 polling sites in our state. You need to make sure you know where your polling site is, and you need to make sure that you are there on time,” says Merrill.

Voters will need one form of photo identification such as a driver’s license or military ID.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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