Can I Take 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.
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
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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