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Secretary of State Extends Absentee Voting for House District 33 Special Election


Friday, July 24, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Following the unexpected passing of Representative Ron Johnson (R-Sylacauga), Governor Kay Ivey set the House District 33 Special Primary Election for Tuesday, October 6, 2020. If necessary, a Special Primary Runoff Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Special General Election is set for Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Voters in House District 33, which includes parts of Clay, Coosa, and Talladega counties, now have the opportunity to cast an absentee ballot if they are fearful of voting in-person at the polls due to COVID-19.

Any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual. State law allows the Secretary of State to issue absentee voting guidance during declared states of emergency, allowing Secretary Merrill to encourage voters to check the box which reads as follows (in the case none of the boxes are appropriate):

“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

For the House District 33 Special Primary Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, September 21, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, October 1, the last day to return an absentee ballot by hand is Monday, October 5, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, October 5.

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, October 6 to postmark an absentee ballot.