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Alabama Voting Information for Election Day 2022 

The general election is Nov. 8. Students can vote in Alabama or their home state but can only vote in one state’s election. 

In-state students can register in the county of their permanent residence or the county where they live while attending school. 

Out-of-state students can register to vote in their home state or in the state where they attend school. 

Deadlines to Submit Alabama Voter Registration Applications for the 2022 General Election

  • Online: Oct. 24 by 11:59 p.m. 
  • In Person: Oct. 24 by close of business 
  • By Mail: postmarked by Oct. 24 

Alabama Voter Registration Requirements

  • You must be a citizen of the United States. 
  • You must live in the state of Alabama. 
  • You must be at least 18 years of age on or before election day. 
  • You must not be barred from voting by reason of a disqualifying felony conviction. 
  • You must not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of law. 

How to Register to Vote in Alabama

In-state Students: Alabama residents with an Alabama-issued driver’s license or nondriver’s identification card may apply using the online portal. 

Out-of-state Students: Students living in Alabama while attending school who want to vote in Alabama need to submit a voter registration application by mail or in person to the County Board of Registrars of the county in which they reside for school.  

IMPORTANT: You are not registered to vote until your County Board of Registrars reviews and approves your application. Check your voter registration status or view your polling place using the online voter information tool or contact your county Board of Registrars. 

IDs Required for Voting in Alabama

Voters must present valid photo identification when voting at a polling place or by absentee ballot, unless exempted by law. See acceptable forms of ID at the polls on Election Day.  

  • Students can use their student ID or a valid driver’s license or nondriver’s identification card issued by any state when voting.  
  • If you do not have one of the approved forms of ID, you may receive a free Alabama photo voter ID from various locations, including the Secretary of State’s office and county Board of Registrars’ offices. 


Contact the Alabama Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 334-242-7210.

Important Dates for Voting in Alabama

Oct. 24: Voter registration deadline.

Nov. 1: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail.

Nov. 3: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person.

Nov. 7: Last day to hand-deliver an absentee ballot.

Nov. 8: Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by noon.

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