Board of Registrars

The Madison County Board of Registrars consists of three members. Each member is independently appointed by the Governor of Alabama, the Alabama State Auditor, and the Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. Board members are appointed for four-year terms.

The Board of Registrars manages the registration of voters and maintenance of all voter registration records for Madison County. At the conclusion of the voter registration period, prior to each election, the Board certifies the list of eligible voters used to identify voters at each precinct. At the conclusion of each election, the voter lists are returned to the Board where each voter’s participation becomes part of his or her voting history. The Board also makes determinations on all provisional ballots cast on Election Day.

For questions or more information contact the Board of Registrars at (256) 532-3510.

Lynda Hairston Chairman of the Board
Board of Registrars Chairman, Lynda HairstonA Madison County native, Lynda’s professional career has focused on public service. She served as Chief Clerk in the Madison County Tax Collectors office – working for three collectors. After retirement in 1999, she worked as Business Manager for one of the largest real estate and development firms in North Alabama until her appointment to the Board of Registrars. Lynda was appointed Chairman of the Board of Registrars by Governor Bob Riley in October of 2003. Governor Riley then appointed her to a second term and she was appointed for a third term and fourth term by Governor Robert Bentley. Her most recent appointment was by Governor Kay Ivey in 2019. She is a current member of the Alabama Association of Boards of Registrars. She has served as vice-president of this association. Lynda was also a member of the Alabama Voter Registration Advisory Board. Lynda’s past community service include membership on the Beautification Board for the City of Huntsville and as a board member of the American Heart Association of Huntsville. Lynda is married to Forrest (Randy) Hairston and they reside in Hampton Cove. Both are active members of Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ and are involved in numerous other community activities. They are the proud parents of one son and have a beautiful granddaughter.

Contact Lynda Hairston at 256-532-3519 or via email to

Janette Smith, Board Member
Board of Registrars Member, Janette Smith

Janette was appointed to Madison County Board of Registrars in October 2019, by Agriculture and Industry Commissioner, Rick Pate. Janette has been in various positions working with the people of her community. She grew up in her family’s Grocery Store Business in Denham Springs, Louisiana and managed the business for 20 years. She later changed careers serving people in the Health and Property & Casualty Industry for over 10 years. Janette loves serving and helping others and has enjoyed the opportunities that have come her way. She is appreciative to be appointed to serve Madison County and looks forward to her service to the people.

She resides in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama with her husband, Keith Smith. Keith and Janette have three beautiful daughters. She is an active member of Owens Cross Roads, Church of Christ and volunteers in several areas. She enjoys tennis, walking, cooking, and being with her family and friends.

Contact Janette Smith at 256-532-3517 or via email to