Where Do I Vote?
The Board of Registrars sends to each voter a certificate of registration that includes the address of that voter’s polling location. A voter who has not received this card should contact the Board of Registrars for information on his or her polling location. A voter can also verify where he or she votes here. For municipal elections, check with the City Clerk.
Polling locations are open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Basic Voting Procedure
- The voter appears at the polling location and provides his or her name to a poll worker. The voter must also present an acceptable form of identification.
- A poll worker checks the individual’s name against the list of registered voters for that precinct*.
- The voter signs a poll list. If the election is a party primary, the voter must state in which party primary he or she wishes to vote and then must sign that party’s poll list.
- The voter casts his or her vote.
*If the voter’s status is shown as inactive (an “I” will be next to the voter’s name on the list of registered voters), the voter must update their voter registration information. Before being allowed to vote, the voter will complete a Voter Registration Update Form that is available at the polling location. The inspector will verify that the voter’s new address is within that precinct. If the voter’s new address is not within that precinct they will be directed to their correct polling location. The voter will be required to cast a provisional ballot when reporting to their correct polling location.
Acceptable Forms of Identification
Voters must present one of the following pieces of photo identification when voting:
- Valid Driver’s License
- Valid Non-driver ID
- Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID card
- Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
- Valid Federal Issued ID
- Valid US Passport
- Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or other entity of this state
- Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
- Valid Military ID
- Valid Tribal ID
Photo Voter ID Card
Voters that do not have an acceptable form of photo identification can apply for a free Non-Drivers Photo Identification Card that can be used specifically for voting. The applicant will have to submit proof of identification and complete a form attesting they do not possess one of the acceptable forms of identification required by Alabama law. In Madison County, voters that need to apply for this free identification card can do so at the Board of Registrars Office. For detailed information on the Alabama’s Photo Voter ID click here.
To apply or for more information:
Madison County Board of Registrars
819 Cook Avenue NW, Suite 150
Huntsville, Alabama 35801-5983
Voter does not have Valid Identification
A voter must present a valid form of identification to be eligible to vote. A voter who does not have identification can vote if he or she is positively identified by two election officials. If the voter does not have proper identification and cannot be positively identified by two election officials, he or she may vote a provisional ballot.
Voter’s Name is not on the List of Voters
If a person’s name does not appear on the list of registered voters for the polling location, the inspector will determine if the person is eligible to vote at that polling location or redirect them to their correct polling location. If the inspector is unable to verify the person’s voter registration, he or she may vote a provisional ballot.
Voting a Provisional Ballot
A provisional ballot is voted the same as any other ballot except the voter must sign an affidavit attesting to his or her eligibility to vote.
- Name not on poll list – The provisional ballot will be counted only if the Board of Registrars is able to confirm, after the election, that the person casting the ballot is a duly qualified elector of the county.
- Voter listed as inactive – If the voter’s status is shown as inactive (an “I” will be next to the voter’s name on the list of registered voters), the voter must update their voter registration information. Before being allowed to vote, the voter will complete a Voter Registration Update Form that is available at the polling location. The inspector will verify that the voter’s new address is within that precinct. If the voter’s new address is not within that precinct they will be directed to their correct polling location. The voter will be required to cast a provisional ballot when reporting to their correct polling location.
- No identification at the polling location – When a voter casts a provisional ballot because he or she does not have proper identification at the polling location, the voter has until 5:00 PM on the Friday following the election to submit the ID to the Board of Registrars. If proper ID is submitted by this deadline, the ballot will be counted.
- Absentee ballot never received or cast – A voter may cast a provisional ballot if he or she did not receive a requested absentee ballot or the voter did not vote the absentee ballot.
Any voter who wishes to have assistance is entitled to help. The voter may ask anyone (except his or her employer, an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union) to give that assistance. If the voter does not request a specific individual, a poll worker may assist the voter at the request of the voter.
Polling locations are accessible to people with disabilities. At every polling location there will be voting equipment to accommodate voters with disabilities so that they can vote without assistance. If your specific disability is not accommodated, please contact (256) 532-3330.
Some laws governing each type of election vary. For example, Primary Elections are different from General Elections.
- Primary Election – Held by the political parties to select each party’s nominee for the General Election. In the primary, separate party ballots are printed, and the voter must choose between the ballot with Democrats running against other Democrats or the one on which Republicans run against other Republicans. If there are three or more candidates in a race, and if no one receives a majority of the votes cast, then a second primary election or runoff election is held between the two candidates who receive the highest number of votes in the first primary. The winner of this runoff election will be the party nominee.
- General Election – Held to determine which political party, independent, or write-in candidate will occupy each office that is up for election. In the General Election, a voter may split the ticket to select candidates from all parties on the ballot; however, a voter may choose only one candidate per office.
- Constitutional Amendment Election – Held when constitutional amendments appear on the ballot. In a primary election, if a voter does not want to participate in one of the party primaries, he or she may vote on the amendments only.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at (256) 532-3330.