Jamie Brock, Correspondent
With the 2020 elections on Nov. 3, citizens in Alabama and across the country have only a few weeks left to register to vote. The Chanticleer has provided a guide to show Jacksonville residents how to register, where to vote and how to request an absentee ballot.
Registering to vote
Alabama offers online voter registration which can be obtained by visiting the Secretary of State’s office. Registration is open until Oct. 19. Residents will need an Alabama issued ID to register online. Voters can register by mail if they do not have an issued ID for the state. Voting by mail will be available through an application on the Secretary of State’s website as well.
A few acceptable forms of ID would include a driver’s license, birth certificate, military ID, passport, or permanent resident card.
To submit an application to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, live in the State of Alabama (for voting in Alabama), must be 18 years or older, must not have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to vote, or have any felony convictions.
Voting locations in Jacksonville
- Glenwood Meadows Meeting Room — 785 Gardner Drive SE
- Eagle Point Church — 301 Henry Road SE
- West Side Baptist Church — 713 W. Mountain Ave.
- First Baptist Church — 230 7th Street NE
According to the Calhoun County Board of Registrars office, poll locations will be maintaining cleanliness and social distancing to make sure that voters will be as safe as possible and can vote in a timely manner. West Side Baptist Church is the primary polling location for JSU students.
Requesting and casting an absentee ballot
The Secretary of State has issued an allowance for voters to submit an absentee ballot if any voters have concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The application is available at the Secretary of State’s website.
The absentee voting application must be completed no later than 5 p.m. the day before the election, Nov. 2.