VOTE: Election 2020
Alabama
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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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October 19
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November 3
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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic 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 April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as 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.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack 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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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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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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Biography

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate Alabama

Biography

Jones defeated former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) in the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama on December 12, 2017. He defeated six other candidates in the primary election on August 15, 2017.

Jones was appointed U.S. attorney by President Bill Clinton (D) in 1997. He served in this position until 2001. Jones was the lead prosecutor in the reopened 1963 Birmingham church bombing case that killed four black girls during the civil rights movement. He also worked as an attorney in private practice, focusing on white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation.

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Biography

Tommy Tuberville (Republican Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Alabama. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary runoff on July 14, 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.