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Tips for the November Election

By Sam Poe
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 12:09 AM

With the November general election quickly approaching, here are a few tips you need to know to help you better prepare.

  • Offices on the ballot will include local (sheriffs, school boards, and county commissions), state (governor, State Senate, and State House of Reps), and national (U.S. Senate and U.S. Representatives).
  • In June's primary elections, only about 21% of registered Alabama voters participated in the votes. This is the lowest voter turnout in more than 16 years.
  • Registration for new voters, as well as updating your current registration status (due to moves or name changes), must be completed no later than October 20, 2014.
  • If you need to vote using an absentee ballot, your deadline for application for absentee ballot is due no later than October 30, 2014. Your ballot must be post marked or hand delivered no later than November 3, 2014.


If you are unsure whether or not you are registered to vote, you can contact the Board of Registrars Office. In Winston County, the phone number is (205)489-3966. For Marion County, call (205)921-3625, and in Franklin County, it is (256)332-8849. To view the Alabama Voter's Guide for additional information, [CLICK HERE].

If you would like to register to vote, you can fill out and submit voter registration forms at your local board of registrars. You can also get the form from all state and/or county offices that provide public assistance such as Medicaid, WIC, and DHR. Help is also available in those offices if you need help completing or submitting the forms. You can also fill out and submit a voter registration form when obtaining or renewing a driver's license or when applying for a library card at any county library and many city libraries. For more information on voter registration, [CLICK HERE].

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