ALGOP Chairman Terry Lathan Issues Statement on Absentee Voting Procedures

Starting today, voters in Alabama can request absentee ballots if they are unable to vote in person.

“We are excited the Alabama election process is now open. We expect a record breaking year for voter turnout with President Trump and Tommy Tuberville leading our ticket,” said Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan.

“However, it has come to our attention – through calls we’ve fielded from voters – that third party organizations are sending texts and emails soliciting people to vote absentee and providing unofficial information about the process. We are encouraging all voters to please be wary of these requests from outside sources. The only official source for voting information is Secretary of State John Merrill’s website: alabamavotes.gov,” Chairman Terry Lathan cautioned.

Absentee ballots can be obtained either:

·     By mail – Only voters may request and handle their own absentee applications and ballots. Voters can submit an absentee ballot application (available here) along with a copy of their photo ID. The application and ID must be mailed to the voter’s county Absentee Elections Manager (complete list available here) by Thursday, October 29, 2020. The completed absentee ballot must be postmarked by Monday, November 2, 2020, or turned in by hand no later than the close of business on Monday, November 2, 2020.

·     In-person – Voters can request an absentee ballot in-person at their county courthouse from the office of the Absentee Elections Manager (complete list available here). A photo ID is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot in-person is Thursday, October 29, 2020. The last day to return your ballot in-person is close of business on Monday, November 2, 2020. In-person absentee voting is available in all 67 counties.

Per Secretary of State John Merrill, if you are requesting an absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please select “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID Required]” as your reason for needing one.

The Alabama Secretary of State’s office has a toll-free hotline set up to answer any questions or report problems or suspicious activity. That number is 1-800-274-8683.

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