Voter Registration Deadline is May 21 for the June 5 Primaries

The Business Council of Alabama urges Alabama voters to exercise their right and obligation to vote in each election cycle including the upcoming June 5 Democrat and Republican party primaries.

The last day to register to vote in the June 5 primaries is the close of business on Monday, May 21, and the last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, May 31.

The primaries include candidates for all statewide constitutional offices, chief justice of Alabama, some state appellate court seats, both Public Service Commission seats, four Alabama district State Board of Education seats, various county offices, ballot measures, and party executive committee members, where applicable.

All seven U.S. House of Representatives seats are up for election this year by district; however, the names of a certified candidate who has no opposition will not be listed on primary ballots.

Voters must declare at their polling place which party primary he or she wants to vote in.

Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than June 4 and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on June 5. If hand-delivered, a ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business, but no later than 5 p.m., on June 4.

There are rules governing absentee ballot voting, which can be found here. Additional information can be found at the Secretary of State’swebsite.

[author title=”About the Author” image=””]Reynolds Sorrell is a student at the University of Alabama. Sorrell is a summer intern at BCA and is majoring in political science.[/author]