Deadline for absentee ballot applications for March primary approaching

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Houston County Absentee Election Manager’s Office is currently accepting applications for the March 2020 Primary and Primary Runoff Elections.

► Applications may be obtained online at alabamavotes.gov or by contacting the Absentee Election Manager’s Office at 334-671-8700.

► Recent law requires all applications must be submitted with a current, valid Photo ID (Under ACT 2019-507, absentee ballot applications must now be accompanied by a copy of current, valid photo identification, unless the voter is exempt from the identification requirement. Failing to provide the identification will result in your ballot becoming a provisional ballot.).

► Voters must specify on their application which political party’s ballot they are requesting (Democratic or Republican) as well as their reason for voting absentee and the address where they are currently registered to vote.

► Applications can only be accepted in person by the actual voter or by U.S. Mail or commercial carrier. By law, only one application per envelope is acceptable, even if multiple voters live at the same address.

► Applications must be signed by the actual voter and witnessed only if the voter signs by a “mark”.

► For applications received in person, upon verification, the voter will be given their ballot. For applications received by U.S. Mail or commercial carrier, upon verification, the ballot will be mailed to the address indicated on the application by the next business day.

► A valid Photo ID is required for the application to be processed.

► Upon casting an absentee ballot, the provided affidavit envelope containing the ballot must be completed in its entirety and notarized or have two witness signatures.

► Return of ballots can be accepted by hand delivery by the actual voter or U.S. Mail or commercial carrier. On election days, no hand delivery is allowed and all ballots must be received by 12:00 noon.

► The Absentee Election Manager’s Office is located in Room 417 of the Houston County Courthouse, 114 North Oates Street, Dothan, Alabama. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact number is 334-671-8700.

► Separate applications are required for elections more than 42 days apart, except as to individuals voting pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff. Therefore, the 2020 March Primary and Primary Runoff only require one application, but you must designate both elections to receive a ballot for the Primary and Primary Runoff.

IMPORTANT DATES
• THURSDAY, February 27, 2020: Last day voters may apply for a regular absentee ballot for the Primary Election.
• MONDAY, March 2, 2020: Last day voters can return in person their regular absentee ballot. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than this date.
• TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020 ELECTION DAY: Mailed ballots must be received no later than noon this date. Medical emergency ballots delivered by the voter’s designee must be received no later than noon this date.
• THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the Primary Runoff election.
• MONDAY, March 30, 2020: Last day voters can return in person their regular absentee ballot. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than this date.
• TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020: PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION DAY: Mailed ballots must be received no later than noon. Medical emergency ballots delivered by the voter’s designee must be received no later than noon this date.

For more information about absentee voting:
Houston County Absentee Election Manager’s Office: 334-671-8700
Secretary of State Web Page: alabamavotes.gov


REGULAR APPLICATIONS: Qualified voters can apply for an absentee ballot that can be cast by mail, commercial carrier, or in person at the absentee election manager's office, if he or she makes application in writing not less than five days prior to the election and meets one of the following requirements:
A. The voter expects to be out of the county or state on Election Day.
B. The voter has any physical illness or infirmity which prevents his or her attendance at the polls, whether he or she is within or without the county on the day of election.
C. The voter expects to work a shift which has at least 10 hours which coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place.
D. The voter is enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of his or her personal residence (attendance) at which prevents his or her attendance at the polls.
E. The voter is a member of, or spouse or dependent of a member of, the armed forces of the United States or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.
F. The voter has been appointed as an election officer or named as a poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place.
G. The voter is a caregiver for a family member to the second degree of kinship who is confined to their home.
H. The voter is incarcerated in prison or jail, but has not been disqualified by conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude as defined by T17-3-30.1

MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Any registered elector who requires emergency treatment of a licensed physician within 5 days of an election may apply for an emergency absentee ballot for the election and may vote by returning the absentee ballot no later than noon on the day the election is held. The attendant physician shall describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency on a special form designed by the Secretary of State and provided by his or her office to local absentee election managers. The special form shall be attached to the application.

BUSINESS EMERGENCY: Any registered voter whose name appears on the poll list of qualified voters may vote by an emergency absentee ballot if he or she is required by his or her employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on an emergency business trip on Election Day. The voter shall apply for an emergency absentee ballot at the office of the absentee election manager no later than the close of the business day one day prior to the election. The applicant shall complete and file an application form for emergency absentee voters. The form shall contain an affidavit which the applicant shall sign or swear acknowledging that he or she was not aware of the out-of-county business requirement prior to five days before the election.



 
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