Assistance for Voters with Disabilities
In an effort to provide accessible voting options for all of Alabama voters, Secretary of State John H. Merrill has created this page to assist voters who are disabled.
Accessible Absentee Voting Options
Eligible voters who wish to cast an absentee ballot may do so by visiting or contacting their county Absentee Election Manager’s Office. Each county is equipped with at least one handicap-accessible voting machine to assist voters with disabilities. Absentee voting begins 55 days before each election, at which time these machines are ready for use.
Absentee voters may also request an absentee ballot be mailed to their home if he or she would like to cast his ballot from the comfort and privacy of his home. Absentee ballot applications may be downloaded online or requested by calling the voter’s Absentee Election Manager’s Office.
Voters who are considered “permanently disabled” may vote by absentee ballot on an on-going basis. Voters who are permanently disabled must have their absentee ballot application signed and notarized by the disabled voter’s primary physician. Upon successful application, the voter will receive an absentee ballot for all county, state, and federal elections held during the calendar year in which the application was filed. For election cycles that span multiple years, the application will be valid for the entire election cycle.
Please note that voters who are permanently disabled and who wish to continue receiving absentee ballots must renew their application on an annual basis.
A separate application must be filed for voters who are permanently disabled and wish to vote in a municipal election.
Accessible In-Person Voting
Handicap-accessible voting machines are offered at every polling site in the State of Alabama and will be available for use on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Voters who are disabled or over the age of 70 may move to the front of the line at a polling place upon notifying a poll worker.
A voter may request assistance at the polling place from anyone except the voter’s employer, an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. A poll worker may also assist the voter upon request.
You may find your polling site or check your registration or absentee ballot status online.