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Secretary of State Merrill releases absentee ballot deadline reminder

Secretary of State John Merrill, in a press release Tuesday, reminded Alabama voters that there are 28 days remaining to apply for an absentee ballot by mail for the upcoming primary election.

The release stated, “Ahead of the May 24th Primary Election, Secretary Merrill would like to remind Alabama voters that there are 28 days left to apply for an absentee ballot by mail. Voters will have an additional two days to apply for an absentee ballot by hand.”

Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online here or requested by visiting or calling the local Absentee Election Manager’s office. Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.

The important absentee voting deadlines listed in the press release include:

  • May 17, 2022: The last day that absentee ballot applications can be returned by mail.
  • May 19, 2022: The last day that absentee ballot applications can be returned by hand.
  • May 23, 2022: The last day to return absentee ballots by hand to the Absentee Election Manager.
  • May 24, 2022: Absentee ballots must be returned by mail to the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon.

The release further stated eligible voters pursuant to (UOCAVA) will have until May 24, 2022, to postmark an absentee ballot.

For questions or concerns regarding absentee voting, contact the Secretary of State’s election division at 334-242-7210.