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Alabama Secretary of State Commends Postal Service for Encouraging Voters to Return Absentee Ballots Early


Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – The Office of the Secretary of State was recently made aware of a mailer being sent to homes across America encouraging voters returning their ballot by mail to cast their ballot early.

“We are greatly appreciative of the United States Postal Service’s efforts to encourage early participation in absentee voting. Because candidates have already been certified for the November 3 General Election, there is no reason to wait,” stated Secretary of State John H. Merrill.

USPS Mailer

The mailer, which notifies voters to start the process today to “give yourself and your election officials ample time to complete the process,” asks voters to request their absentee ballot at least 15 days before the election and return their absentee ballot at least 7 days before the election.

“We will continue to abide by the election deadlines set out by state law, but we are in this together to see that Alabamians and Americans alike are able to freely participate in the electoral process,” concluded Merrill.

Absentee ballot applications must be received no later than October 29. The deadline to return an absentee ballot by hand is November 2. The deadline to postmark an absentee ballot is November 2, with it being received by noon on Election Day.

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 Office at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.