Absentee Voting 2020 Election
Regular Absentee Voting:
Any qualified elector who: (1) will be absent from the county on election day, or (2) who because of physical illness or infirmity which prevents his or her attendance at the polls, whether he or she is within or out of the county on the day of the election, or (3) who works on a shift which has at least ten hours which coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place, (4) who is enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of his or her personal residence, attendance at which prevents his or her attendance at the polls, (5) Who is a member of or spouse or dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United States, or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the federal Uniformed Overseas Citizens Absentee voting Act or (6) who has been appointed as an election officer or named as a poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place or (7) The person is a caregiver for a family member to the second degree of kinship by affinity or consanguinity and the family member is confined to his or her home. (Note First degree of kinship is parent and child. Second degree of kinship is brother, sister, grandparent, and grandchild.) or (8) The person is incarcerated in prison or jail and has not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude, as provided in Section 17-3-30.1 may apply for and vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person, provided he or she makes application in writing therefore not less than five days (August 20th.) prior to the election in which he or she desires to vote.
Absentee ballot application
To obtain an absentee ballot, write or visit the local Absentee Election Manager (the City Clerk), request an absentee ballot, or you may obtain a municipal absentee application which can be downloaded online at www.sos.alabama.gov and provide the following:
name and residential address (or other such information in order to verify voter registration)
a copy of your valid photo identification
election for which the ballot is requested
reason for absence from polls on election day
address to which the ballot should be mailed
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voter signature (If a mark is made in place of a signature, it must be witnessed)
The absentee ballot application must be returned to the City Clerk by the voter in person (or by the voter's designee in the case of medical emergency voting), by U.S. Mail, or by commercial carrier. No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope with another voter's absentee ballot application. The absentee ballot applications must be turned in to the City Clerk no later than August 20, 2020.
BALLOT RECEIPT/RETURN If the absentee ballot application is approved, the City Clerk
forwards the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, or
personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of medical emergency absentee voting)
The absentee ballot comes with three envelopes -- one plain (the secrecy envelope), one with an affidavit, or oath, printed on the outside, and one plain envelope, preaddressed (the outer envelope). Once the voter casts the ballot, the procedure is as follows:
Seal the ballot in the plain envelope
Place the plain envelope inside the accompanying affidavit envelope
Seal the affidavit envelope and complete the affidavit that is on the outside of the envelope
Sign the affidavit and have the signature witnessed by either a notary public or two witnesses 18 years of age or older
WITNESSES OR NOTARIZATION An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses.
Absentee Voting 2020 Election
The voter has only the following legal ways to return the absentee ballot:
forwards the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail
forwards the absentee ballot by commercial carrier
personally hands the absentee ballot to the City Clerk (or delivers by a designee in the case of emergency absentee voting)
No one other than the applicant himself or herself can return a ballot application. Example: A husband cannot return an application for his wife. A mother cannot return an application for a son or daughter. The application cannot be placed in a drop box. The ballot must be returned in person or in the mail or delivered by commercial carrier.
ABSENTEE VOTING DEADLINE An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election August 24, 2020, and received by the City Clerk no later than noon on election day, August 25, 2020. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the City Clerk by the close of business (but no later than 5:00 p.m.) on the day prior to the election.
Absentee Voter Identification
A voter is required to submit their identification along with their application before ever being sent or given an absentee ballot. The law specifically states that “an absentee ballot shall not be issued unless the required identification is submitted with the absentee application.” If an application is received on or after the eighth day before the election and it is missing the proper identification, the absentee election manager shall issue the absentee ballot as a provisional ballot.
In issuing a provisional absentee ballot, the absentee election manager must notify the voter why the ballot is provisional and provide a voter re-identification form, an affirmation of provisional voter form and instructions on the procedure followed by the Board of Registrars for verifying and certifying provisional votes, Additionally, the voter must be instructed that they must provide identification to the Board of Registrars no later than 5:00p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020, following the election.
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Note* regarding absentee voter identification
A voter claiming a physical illness or infirmity and they are either an elderly voter aged 65 or older or is a voter with a disability is not required to produce identification prior to voting an absentee ballot. Section 17-9-30 (c), Code of Alabama 1975.
Emergency Absentee Voting:
A registered elector who requires emergency treatment by 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 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election is held. The attendant physician shall describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency on a special form provided by the absentee election manager (City Clerk). The special form shall be attached to the application. An application for an emergency ballot may be forwarded to the absentee election manager by the applicant or his or her designee.
Any registered elector who is required by his or her employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on an emergency business trip on election day, shall apply for an emergency absentee ballot at the office of the absentee election manager (City Clerk) no later than the close of the business day one day prior to the election. The applicant shall sign or swear acknowledging that he or she was not aware of the out of county business requirement prior to five days before the election. After voting the ballot, the voter shall hand the ballot to the absentee election manager (City Clerk).
Penalties for Fraudulent Absentee Voting:
Any person who willfully changes an absentee voter's ballot to the extent that it does not reflect the voter's true ballot, who votes more than once by absentee in the same election, who willfully votes for another voter or falsifies absentee ballot applications or verification documents so as to vote absentee, or who solicits, encourages, urges, or otherwise promotes illegal absentee voting may be fined and/or imprisoned. Further, any person who knowingly and unlawfully votes absentee or votes both an absentee and regular ballot at any election shall be similarly punished.
Municipal elections are held quadrennially on the fourth Tuesday in August. The next City election for the office of Mayor and for five City Council positions will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
Everyone will vote at one polling place: The Craig Henderson Building of the First Baptist Church 714 4th. Street. The polling place will be opened at 7:00am and closed at 7:00pm. If a run-off is necessary for the Mayor position then a run-off election will be held on October 6, 2020.
The organizational meeting for the new administration will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020.
In order to be a qualified elector of the municipality, a person must have resided within the municipality for at least 30 days prior to the election. Section 11-46-22, Code of Alabama 1975.
Voters must be registered a minimum of 14 days prior to the election. If you have moved or had a name change, please update your information prior to this deadline. Registration and updates may be done on-line at www.alabamavotes.gov or forms may be obtained at City Hall, Pleasant Grove Public Library, any Courthouse or any State-Aid agency.
Municipal Election Official
Candidates for municipal office must be registered voters (qualified electors) in the City on the date the qualification papers are filed, and must have resided within the city limits for ninety (90) days prior to the date of the election, and must remain a resident of the city during the term of office.
Candidates may qualify to run for office not earlier than Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. (§11-46-22, Code of Alabama, 1975) nor later than Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (§11-46-25, Code of Alabama, 1975).
A Statement of Candidacy must be filed along with a qualification fee of $50.00 for the position of mayor or for a city council position, or an affidavit of indigency may be filed.