BY BRUCE BRANUM
The Greenville Standard
Ahead of the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill reminds Alabama voters that there are 29 days left to apply for an absentee ballot as of Wednesday, June 10.
In order to protect the safety and well-being of voters, Merrill encourages those who are concerned about contracting or spreading the coronavirus to apply for and cast an absentee ballot.
Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online at https://www.sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/voter-pdfs/absentee/RegularAbsenteeAppFillable.pdfor requested by calling Butler County Circuit Clerk Mattie Gomillion, who is the local Absentee Election Manager, at 334-382-3521 or writing to Absentee Election Manager Mattie Gomillion, 700 Court Square, Greenville, AL 36037.
Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 334-242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.
Due to the declared states of emergency, 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.
In the case none of the boxes are appropriate; voters can check the box which reads as follows:
“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”
For the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, June 29, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, July 9, the deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager is the close of business Monday, July 13, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, July 13.
Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.
Visit https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/absentee-voting for more information about eligibility for an absentee ballot, applying for an absentee ballot, and casting an absentee ballot.