WINSTON COUNTY - The process of absentee voting for military personnel started today in preparation for the Nov. 9, special election, which will ask voters to decide whether to renew five mills of property tax benefiting both Winston County and Haleyville City school systems.
The law states the absentee election manager is supposed to have election materials 55 days before the election, according to Winston County Absentee Election Manager J.D. Snoddy. Those in the military who will be unable to attend the polling sites on election day can begin voting absentee Sept. 16, Snoddy added.
“They get a little bit longer because they may be overseas,” Snoddy said.
Military can vote online or can vote through the mail by applying for an absentee ballot, which will be sent to them by the circuit clerk’s office, he further explained.
People who will not be in the county on election day or are facing conditions preventing them from voting in person at the polls can start voting absentee Wednesday, Sept. 25, Snoddy said.
The application for an absentee ballot can be obtained either at the circuit clerk’s office, located at the courthouse in Double Springs or online at the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.alabama.gov, Snoddy explained.
Those voting absentee need to enclose with their completed application a copy of their driver’s license. Each application must be enclosed in a separate envelope, even if there are multiple members of a household voting absentee, Snoddy explained.
Applications need to be mailed to the Winston County Circuit Clerk’s Office at P.O. Box 220, Double Springs, Al. 35553.
Once the application and copy of driver’s license is received, the circuit clerk’s office will then mail the election ballot, Snoddy continued.
Persons can also come to the circuit clerk’s office, located on the third floor of the Judicial Complex to complete an application and vote there, he added.
The deadline to vote absentee for the Nov. 9, special election will be Thursday, Nov. 4, which is also the last day an absentee ballot can be mailed, according to Snoddy.
The circuit clerk’s office will check the mail on election day, Nov. 9, in order to get ballots out of the mailbox, Snoddy said.
“We can receive ballots until (Nov.) 9. If we mail it out on Thursday (Nov.) 4, they’re not going to get it until the 5th or 6th,” Snoddy explained. “And they’ll have to mail it back to us.”
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