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2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 1, 2016 - Presidential Preference Primary and Statewide Primary Election
Voter registration hand-delivery deadline (due to Monday holiday).February 12, 2016
Last day for voter to postmark a voter registration form.February 13, 2016
Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot.February 25, 2016
Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballotFebruary 29, 2016
Absentee UOCAVA Ballot Receipt Deadline. Must be postmarked no later than Election Day.March 8, 2016
Absentee UOCAVA Ballot Receipt Deadline must be postmarked no later than Election DayMarch 8, 2016
April 12, 2016 - Primary Runoff Election
Absentee Voting Begins for April 12 RunoffMarch 8, 2016
Voter registration deadline.March 28, 2016
Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot.April 7, 2016
Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot.April 11, 2016
Absentee UOCAVA Ballot Receipt Deadline for April 12 Runoff. Must be postmarked no later than Election DayApril 19, 2016
Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot.November 3, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election
Absentee Voting Begins for November 8 General ElectionSeptember 14, 2016
Voter registration deadlineOctober 24, 2016
Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot.November 3, 2016
Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot.November 7, 2016
Absentee UOCAVA Ballot Receipt Deadline for November 8 General Election. Must be postmarked no later than Election DayNovember 15, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Special Primary Election Day-State house district 80
January 19, 2016
  • Special General Election - State House District 5
February 16, 2016
  • City of Margaret - Sunday Alcohol Sales
February 23, 2016
  • City of Odenville - Sunday Alcohol Sales
March 22, 2016
  • Various Municipal Elections
August 23, 2016
  • Alabaster Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Marty Handlon - Population(30,352)
  • Decatur Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Don Kyle - Population(55,683)
  • Florence Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Mickey Haddock - Population(39,319)
  • Hoover Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Gary Ivey - Population(81,619)
  • Huntsville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Tommy Battle - Population(180,105)
  • Madison Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Troy Trulock - Population(42,938)
  • Phenix City Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Eddie N. Lowe - Population(31,100)
  • Prattville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: William W. 'Bill' Gillespie, Jr. - Population(33,960)
  • Vestavia Hills Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Alberto 'Butch' Zaragoza, Jr. - Population(34,033)
August 30, 2016

Beginning with the June 3, 2014 primary election, Act 2011-673 requires an Alabama voter to have a specific type of photo identification at the polls in order to vote. If a voter does not have one of the approved forms of photo ID as stated in the law, then he or she may receive a free Alabama photo voter ID from various locations including the Secretary of State's Office, local county board of registrars' offices, and a mobile location to be determined by the Secretary of State's Office.

Valid ID at the Polls

  • voter can use any of the following forms of photo ID at the polls starting June 3, 2016
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Valid Non-driver ID
  • Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID
  • Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state
  • Valid student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Tribal ID

If a voter possesses any of these forms of ID, he/she is not eligible to receive a free Alabama photo voter ID card. The voter must bring one of these photo IDs to the polls on Election Day or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials.

A voter who is required to present valid photo identification but who does not do so will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot as provided for by law.

In addition, a voter who does not have a valid photo ID in his or her possession at the polls shall be permitted to vote if the individual is positively identified by two election officials as a voter on the poll list who is eligible to vote and the election officials sign a sworn affidavit so stating.

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Alabama Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

Alabama 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Alabama. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Alabama's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Alabama US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

Alabama US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running Incumbent Republican Senator, Richard Shelby, is running for re-election to a sixth term in office. On November 2, 2010, Richard Shelby won re-election to the United States Senate with 65.2% of the vote against the democratic candidate, William Barnes, who came in a distant second with 34.7% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Alabama)

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TIME OFF FOR VOTING: Yes

Each employee in the state shall, upon reasonable notice to his or her employer, be permitted by his or her employer to take necessary time off from his or her employment to vote in any municipal, county, state, or federal political party primary or election for which the employee is qualified and registered to vote on the day on which the primary or election is held. The necessary time off shall not exceed one hour and if the hours of work of the employee commence at least two hours after the opening of the polls or end at least one hour prior to the closing of the polls, then the time off for voting as provided in this section shall not be available. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may absent himself or herself as provided in this section.

Important Note:

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