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Secretary of State John H. Merrill Reminds Voters of Deadline to Return Absentee Ballot


Friday, October 30, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Following the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot on Thursday, October 29, 2020, Secretary of State John H. Merrill reminds Alabama voters that the deadline to return an absentee ballot is quickly approaching.

“Voters who are interested in casting an absentee ballot should return their absentee ballot today! There is no reason to wait,” encouraged Secretary Merrill. “Any Alabamian with concerns over COVID-19 has been able to cast an absentee ballot since September 9. The voter participation we have witnessed in recent months is proof that our democracy can and will overcome anything – even a pandemic.”

As of today, 329,657 absentee ballots have been requested and 276,352 absentee ballots have been successfully returned for the November 3 General Election.

Please note that the number of applications may be updated as counties finish uploading results from yesterday’s deadline to apply for an absentee ballot.

Alabamians have until November 2 to return an absentee ballot to their county Absentee Election Manager. If returned by mail, the absentee ballot must be postmarked by November 2 and received by noon on Election Day.

As a reminder, voters have the option to return their absentee ballot by commercial carrier in addition to U.S. mail.