Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Except holidays or posted necessity
(Office remains open during lunch hours)
102 East Laurel Street
Scottsboro, AL 35768
A voter may cast an absentee ballot if he or she:
- Will be absent from the county on Election Day
- Is ill or has a physical infirmity that prevents a trip to the polling place
- Is a registered voter living outside the county, including but not limited to,
members of the armed forces or a U.S. citizen residing overseas (or a spouse or
dependent of such a person) or students at an educational institution located outside their
county of residence
- Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling location other than
his or her regular polling location
- Works a required shift that has at least 10 hours that coincide with polling hours
- Is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, a spouse of, or a dependent of, a
member of the Armed Forces of the United States, a citizen living abroad or any other
applicant qualified to vote pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen
Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.S. 1973ff (UOCAVA) - more information on Military & Overseas
voting/UOCAVA is available here.
Applications for an absentee ballot must be received in the office of the Absentee Election Manager
no later than 4:30 pm five days prior to the election. For the November 2016 General Election, this
deadline is Thursday, November 3.
An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election.
If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the Absentee Office by the close of business (4:30 pm) on
the day prior to the election. The absentee ballot must be received by the Absentee Office by noon on Election Day
if the ballot is mailed.
Absentee Office Location
Jackson County Courthouse, Room 307
102 East Laurel Street
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Business / Medical Emergency Voting
Applications can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 4:30 PM on the day before the election, if the voter:
- Is required by an employer due to unforeseen circumstances to be out of
the county on an emergency business trip on Election Day; or
- Has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician within 5 days of an election
In addition to the application outlined below, the Emergency Absentee Ballot Application contains
an affidavit acknowledging that the voter was not aware of the out-of-county business trip prior to the
normal absentee ballot deadline. The medical emergency application requires that the attending physician
describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency.
The Emergency Absentee Ballot Application can be found here.
Absentee Ballot Application
To obtain an absentee ballot, write or visit the Absentee Office to request an absentee ballot and provide the following:
- Name and residential address (or other such information in order to verify voter registration
- Election for which the ballot is requested
- Reason for absence from polls on Election Day
- Party choice, if the election is a party primary*
- Address to which the ballot should be mailed
- Voter signature (if a mark is made in place of a signature, it must be witnessed)
*It is not necessary to give a party choice for a general election; however, in a party primary a voter
may participate in only one political party's primary; thus a choice must be designated so that the
appropriate ballot can be provided. If the voter declines or fails to designate a choice for a primary
or primary runoff ballot, the Absentee Office may send only the ballot for constitutional amendments.
The absentee ballot application must be returned to the Absentee Office by the voter in person (or by the
voter's designee in the case of medical emergency voting) or by U.S. Mail. Upon receiving the absentee ballot
application, the Absentee Office may request additional evidence on the reason for voting absentee if the voter
has a history of continuous absentee voting.
The Absentee Ballot Application can be found here.
If the absentee ballot application is approved, the Absentee Office:
- Forwards the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail; or
- Personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of medical emergency voting)
- The absentee ballot comes with three envelopes - one plain (the secrecy
envelope), one with an affidavit, or oath, printed on the outside, and one
plain, pre-addressed envelope (the outer envelope). Once the voter casts the ballot,
the procedure is as follows:
- Seal the ballot in the secrecy envelope
- Place the secrecy envelope inside the accompanying affidavit envelope
- Seal the affidavit envelope and complete the affidavit that is on the outside of the envelope
- Sign the affidavit and have the signature witnessed by either a notary public or two witnesses 18 years of age or older
- Place the affidavit envelope inside the outer envelope
- Remember to place a COPY of your ID (NOT THE ORIGINAL) inside the outer envelope
Witness or Notarization
- An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses.
Submitting the Voted Absentee Ballot
The voter is required to use one of the following methods for returning his or her absentee ballot:
- Send the ballot to the Absentee Office by U.S. Mail; or
- Personally deliver the ballot to the Absentee Office (or by designee in the case of medical emergency voting). No other courier service may be used.