Voting FAQs

I turned in a voter registration application. Am I registered to vote?
Just because you turned in a voter registration application does not necessarily mean you are registered to vote. Once your application has been processed by the Board of Registrars, you will receive a voter identification card confirming that you are registered to vote. However, if your application was incomplete, you may receive a letter requesting additional information to complete your application. If you are unsure about the status of your application, you can always call the Board of Registrars at (256) 532-3510 or check your registration status here.
I turn 18 after the voter registration deadline but before the election. Can I vote in that election?
Yes. As long as you turn 18 on or before election day, even if your birthday is after the voter registration deadline, you can apply for voter registration and participate in that election (as long as you meet other voter qualifications). Please note that you must turn your voter registration application in before the 14-day close for voter registration.
I have moved from part of the county to another and want to vote. What should I do?
You must contact the Board of Registrars and submit an update to your voter registration record. Remember, where you live determines who represents you – to be sure you are voting on candidates in the correct district, it is important that you vote in the correct precinct.
I have moved from one county to another and want to vote. What should I do?
When you move across county lines, you must register to vote in your new county of residence. Voter registration does not automatically follow you from one county to another.
It’s the day before the election. I forgot to register to vote. Is it too late?
Yes, it is too late to register to vote for that election. To participate in an election, you must submit your application before registration closes for that election. Registration is closed during the 14 days prior to an election and on election day.
What if I make a mistake marking my ballot?
If you have not already placed your ballot in the electronic voting machine or ballot box, you may ask a poll worker for another ballot. The poll worker will spoil your first ballot so that it cannot be counted or reused.
Are candidates allowed to campaign outside my polling location?
Yes, electioneering or campaigning is permitted outside the polling location. However, this activity must not be closer than 30 feet to the entrance of the polling location. If the polling location is located in a room within a building, the campaigning must not be closer than 30 feet to the entrance of the building. Many polling locations are located on private property and their policy determines whether or not electioneering or campaigning is permitted past 30 feet.
Can I wear campaign buttons or t-shirts with political advertisements into the polling location?
Yes. However, you should not loiter or leave any campaign materials in the polling location.
Can I carry a sample ballot into the voting booth?
Yes. However, you should not leave the sample ballot in the polling location.
If constitutional amendments are included in the ballot, must I vote on them?
No. You are not required to vote on constitutional amendments. Similarly, you are not required to vote in all races on the ballot. Participation is your choice.
When I voted in the primary election, I was asked to declare a political party preference. Why is that?
In Alabama, the primary election is part of the nominating process for a political party. It is used to select who will represent a party in the general election. You are required to choose one political party’s primary over another because you cannot participate in the nomination of both parties’ candidates. However, in the general election, you may split your ticket and vote for candidates from each political party.
Can I take photographs or videotape inside my polling location?
No. Each voter has a right to cast a ballot in secrecy and in private. The U.S. Department of Justice has advised that photography or videotaping inside a polling location does not serve any useful purpose and may instead actually intimidate voters who are exercising their right to vote.
Can I take a cell phone into my polling location?
No, cellular devices are not allowed inside polling locations.  Each voter has a right to cast a ballot with as little distraction as possible – cellular devices cause undue noise and distraction for voters.  The majority of cellular devices have camera and video capabilities – the U.S. Department of Justice has advised that photography or videotaping inside a polling location does not serve any useful purpose and may instead actually intimidate voters who are exercising their right to vote.