VOTE: Election 2020
Alabama
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

Alabama driver’s license
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Driver’s License
Alabama non-driver ID (not expired or has been expired less than 60 Days)
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Nondriver ID
Alabama photo voter ID card
State-issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
AL Department of Corrections release ID
AL movement/booking sheet from prison/jail system
Pistol permit
Federal-issued ID
U.S. passport
Employee ID from the federal government or any state entity
Student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
Student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
Military ID
Tribal ID

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Alabama?
Yes! You will need to request a ballot from your county. If you are voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can select the "physical illness or infirmity" excuse when applying.

Can I submit an application online?
No. You must print out your application and mail or hand deliver to your county's Absentee Election Manager.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received no later than the fifth calendar day prior to the election, Oct. 29.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 2, and received no later than noon on Election Day. If dropping off, your ballot must be in the office of your county Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on the day prior to the election, Nov. 2.

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Not available

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/19.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/19

Alabama does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

The address will only be used to determine which districts you are a part of. SmartNews will not store your address or use it for any other reason.

Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Alabama

Biography

Tommy Tuberville (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Alabama. He assumed office on January 3, 2021. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Tuberville (Republican Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Alabama. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Tuberville was head coach for several college football teams between 1995 and 2016, including at Auburn University and the University of Cincinnati.

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Initiatives

Alabama Amendment 1
Citizenship Requirement for Voting Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Alabama Constitution to state that “only a citizen” of the U.S. who is 18 years old or older can vote in Alabama.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the Alabama Constitution, thus keeping the existing language that says “every citizen” of the U.S. who is 18 years old or older can vote in Alabama.

Alabama Amendment 2
Judicial System Restructuring Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports revising multiple sections of the state constitution concerning the state judiciary, including removing the authority of the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court to hire the administrative director of courts and giving that authority to the Alabama Supreme Court as a whole.

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A "no" vote opposes this amendment revising sections concerning the state judiciary, thereby preserving existing provisions, including the authority of the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court to hire the administrative director of courts.

Alabama Amendment 3
Judicial Vacancies Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Alabama Constitution to provide that a judge, other than a probate judge, appointed to fill a vacancy would serve an initial term until the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January following the next general election after the judge has completed two years in office (rather than one year).

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A "no" vote opposes amending the Alabama Constitution, thus keeping the current requirements that a judge appointed to fill a vacancy would serve an initial term until the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January following the next general election after the judge has completed one year in office, or the remainder of the original term of the judge elected to the office which is vacant, whichever is longer.

Alabama Amendment 4
Authorize Legislature to Recompile the State Constitution Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports authorizing the state legislature to recompile the Alabama Constitution during the 2022 regular state legislative session and provide for its ratification.

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A "no" vote opposes authorizing the state legislature to recompile the Alabama Constitution during the 2022 regular state legislative session and provide for its ratification.

Alabama Amendment 5
"Stand Your Ground" Rights in Franklin County Churches Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Alabama Constitution to state that individuals have a right to stand their ground and may use deadly force in self-defense or in defense of another person in churches within Franklin county.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the Alabama Constitution to state that individuals have a right to stand their ground and may use deadly force in self-defense or in defense of another person in churches within Franklin county.

Alabama Amendment 6
"Stand Your Ground" Rights in Lauderdale County Churches Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Alabama Constitution to state that individuals have a right to stand their ground and may use deadly force in self-defense or in defense of another person in churches within Lauderdale county.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the Alabama Constitution to state that individuals have a right to stand their ground and may use deadly force in self-defense or in defense of another person in churches within Lauderdale county.