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Secretary of State Extends Absentee Voting for Senate District 26 Special Election


Thursday, September 17, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Secretary of State John H. Merrill has officially extended the opportunity for anyone concerned about COVID-19 to apply for and cast an absentee ballot for the Senate District 26 Special Election.

The Special Primary Election for Senate District 26 will be held on Tuesday, November 17. If necessary, a Runoff Election will be held on Tuesday, December 15. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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 November 17 Primary Election, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, November 12. If delivered by hand, absentee ballots must be returned by Monday, November 16. If delivered by mail, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 16.