Fear COVID-19? Vote absentee in upcoming runoff

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 18, 2020 at 8:52 AM CDT
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People who fear COVID-19 will be allowed to cast an absentee ballot in next month's runoff, even if they are not sick.

Houston County Court Clerk Carla Woodall said health concerns caused by the pandemic is sufficient reason to vote absentee. “We just want people to participate in this runoff,” she told WTVY.

Her biggest concern is that some will procrastinate.

“The last day for me to process an (absentee) application is July 9,” she told WTVY.

However, Woodall warns that applications received on that day could be problematic. That's because from July 9, a Thursday, ballots must be mailed and returned by early the following week. The deadline for submitting them in person is Monday, July 13 and, by mail, no later than noon on election day, July 14.

Absentee ballot applications can be be downloaded from They are also available in Room 105 on the first floor of the Houston County Courthouse that is open Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30 except for the noon hour. The office's phone number is 334-671-8700.

Woodall also promises to accommodate special needs, including curbside assistance, at the polls. She recommends making those arrangements ahead of time.

In other counties, those wanting to cast an absentee ballot can contact the Circuit Clerk's office in their home county.

There are three races on the ballot---Congress, U.S. Senate, and a judgeship on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

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