Pickens County, Alabama Rule and Guidelines for Absentee Voting

Applications for absentee ballots must be filed in the office of Keith “Booty” Cox, Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk not less than five (5) days prior to the election. The deadline to apply is the close of business day, Thursday Nov. 1, 2018.

Any qualified elector of the State may vote an absentee ballot, provided they meet the requirements (17-10-3 et seq, Code of Alabama), as contained on the application, which is available in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk, located in the Pickens County Judicial Center, 20 Phoenix Ave. Carrollton, Ala. or can be downloaded from the Secretary of State at the following address: http://www.alabamavotes.gov/downloads/election/general/absenteeballotapp.pdf                                                        

Emergency absentee voting: Any registered elector who requires emergency treatment from a licensed physician within five days of an election may apply for an emergency absentee ballot for the election and may vote by returning the absentee ballot no later than noon Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The attendant physician shall describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency on a special form designed by the Secretary of State and provided by his office to local absentee election managers. The special form shall be attached to the application.

After completing and signing the application, the voter may hand the application to the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk or forward by U.S. Mail. No one is allowed to bring in an application for another person, including family members, the only exception being a Designee for a Medical Emergency. By law, the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk can only accept one application per envelope that is received by U.S. Mail. The application must provide the Alabama residence address where the applicant is registered to vote.

The Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk may hand the ballot to the applicant/voter, or forward it by U.S. Mail to the applicant/voter residence address or upon written request to the address where the applicant/voter regularly receives mail. No one can receive or return a ballot for any other person (including family members), the exception being a Designee for Medical Emergency. Instructions will accompany each ballot and must be followed carefully to ensure that your ballot is counted.

A copy of photo identification must accompany the ballot (excluding those eligible pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act and pursuant to the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act). The law provides for a Provisional Ballot where: (1) proper identification is not provided, (2) the voter is not identified as appearing in the precinct for which the voter seeks a ballot, (3) an absentee precinct inspector or clerk has knowledge that the individual is not entitled to vote at the precinct applicable to the voter’s ballot and challenges the voter’s right to vote a particular ballot. The law provides ways for voters to correct deficiencies so that provisional ballots can be counted.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 will be the last day a voter can return in person his/her regular absentee ballot. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 and must be received by the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk no later than noon election day, November 6, 2018.

Any person desiring to vote absentee may come to the Circuit Clerk’s Office, Pickens County Judicial Center, 20 Phoenix Ave. Carrollton, Ala. The mailing address is P.O. Box 418, Carrollton, AL 35447. Office hours are 8 a.m.– 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Monday – Friday, except for the State of Alabama holiday on Monday Oct. 8, 2018.   

If you need information about voting absentee, you may call the Circuit Clerk’s Office, (205) 367-2050, visit the Clerk’s website at http://pickens.alacourt.gov or www.alabamavotes.gov

The election laws we must comply with are in the Code of Alabama, Volume 13A, Title 17. The Secretary of State is the Chief State Election Officer and questions regarding election law should be directed to his office.


Important Dates

Sept. 22, 2018: The first day absentee ballots are available to be mailed.

Sept. 24, 2018: The first day absentee ballots may be voted in person.

Oct. 8, 2018: Circuit Clerk’s Office closed for State of Alabama holiday.

Oct. 22, 2018: This is the last day to register to vote in the General Election or     update your voter information.

Nov. 1, 2018: This is the last day voters may apply for a regular absentee ballot for the November 6, 2018 General Election.

Nov. 2, 2018: This is the last business day before the election and is the last day a voter can return in person, his or her regular absentee ballot. No one, not even a family member, can return another person’s ballot, (except a voter’s named designee may return their medical emergency ballot). This is the last day to vote a business emergency ballot.

All mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 5, 2018 and must be received by noon Nov. 6, 2018.