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Absentee voting underway in Madison County for election runoff

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Absentee voting is underway in Alabama ahead of the June 21 election runoff.

In an interview with News 19, Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger encouraged people to fill out their absentee ballot in person. He also reminded people that they must apply to be able to vote by mail.

“If you’re going to apply at this point, because we have such a quick turnaround, I would encourage voters to come see us in person to apply and choose their absentee,” Barger told News 19.

Absentee ballots must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17.

People can apply to vote by mail and also vote by mail in person at the Madison County Service Center. This center is located at 1918 North Memorial Parkway, NW Huntsville, Alabama 35801.

Upon arrival, you will need to register and ensure you have a valid ID.

Justice Barger said postal voting is no more or less secure than ordinary voting.

“You can mark it [the ballot]it goes in a sealed envelope that is opened on Election Day by a designated group of election workers, much like a polling place,” Barger continued.

He said both voting methods are extremely secure. He also said people who vote by mail are flagged so they can no longer vote on election day.

“There are definitely cross-checks in place to make sure a person doesn’t vote twice,” Barger said.

The Madison County Probate Court released this list of potential reasons a person may vote by mail:

Here are the requirements

  • Expects to be out of county on election day
  • is ill or has a physical disability that prevents him from going to the polling place
  • is physically incapable and will not be able to vote in person because he cannot access his assigned polling station due to one of the following disabilities: neurological, musculoskeletal, respiratory (including organs of speech), cardiovascular or other disorder that affects his life. or his or her ability to perform manual tasks, stand for a period of time, walk unaided, see, hear or speak, and a) he or she is a voter aged 65 or over; or b) he or she is a voter with a disability
  • Does a registered voter live outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, voter employed outside the United States, student, or spouse or child of such person
  • Is an election official or poll watcher appointed to a polling place other than their regular polling place
  • Expects to work a required shift, 10 hours or more, that coincides with polling hours
  • Is the caregiver of a family member up to the second degree of kinship by affinity or consanguinity and the family member is confined to his home
  • Is currently incarcerated in jail or jail and has not been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude

If you have additional questions about voting or voting by mail, Madison County Probate Court invites you to visit this link.


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