Being from Florida, a Primary Runoff Election is something I'm not accustomed to hearing about. I've recently found out that Alabama is one of ten states that participate in Primary Runoff Elections.

Amid concerns of contracting the Coronavirus, many people do not plan to show up to polls to vote. In fact, Alabama Secretary Of State John H. Merrill is recommending for those people to apply for and cast an absentee ballot. If you're like me and you need a refresher on how to apply for an absentee ballot, you can check out this quick step-by-step video. With only 65 days left to apply for an absentee ballot application, you have multiple ways to access the application. The Office of the Secretary of State has created a full campaign to educate Alabama voters on the ways they can participate in the upcoming Primary Runoff Election. Below is an excerpt from the official press release from the Office of the Secretary of State.

Press Release

Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online or requested by visiting or calling the local Absentee Election Manager’s office. Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Election Division at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.

For the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, June 29, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, July 9, the deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager is the close of business Monday, July 13, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, July 13.

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of the Secretary of State at (334) 242-7200.


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