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Secretary of State John H. Merrill Extends Absentee Voting for Senate District 14 Special Election


Wednesday, December 16, 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 14 Special Election.

The Special Primary Election for Senate District 14 will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. If necessary, a Runoff Election will be held on Tuesday, April 27. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, July 13.

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 March 30 Primary Election, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, March 25. If delivered by hand, absentee ballots must be returned by Monday, March 29. If delivered by mail, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, March 29.

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.