Every election, millions of Americans cannot cast a ballot because they do not know how to register or missed their local registration deadlines.
Voting is a form of personal empowerment that gives you the opportunity to voice your opinion on issues that matter to you, your family, and your community.
Voting helps to strengthen our social ties, and feeling part of a close-knit society is in turn linked with better quality of life and longevity. Being politically active is also linked with greater well-being and life satisfaction. Lastly, among people who are at risk, voting could help to lower stress and even ward off future mental health conditions.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
Any person may register to vote in Alabama, provided that he or she:
- is a citizen of the United States;
- resides in Alabama;
- is at least 18 years of old on or before election day;
- has not been barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction; and
- has not been declared mentally incompetent by a court.
Victims of domestic violence and guardians of victims of domestic violence may obtain information regarding special legal protections related to personal identifying information. For further information, contact the Secretary of State at 334-242-7210 or your local Board of Registrars. Click here for the Mobile County Board of Registrars.
WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER TO VOTE?
Citizens can register to vote all year, except during the 14 days prior to an election and on election day.
The deadline to register to vote in the 2016 General Election is October 24, 2016.
WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?
A citizen may register to vote:
- when applying for or renewing a State of Alabama’s driver’s license or nondriver identification card;
- at state and local government offices when applying or recertifying for Aid to Dependent Children, SNAP, TANF, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services;
- at public libraries;
- at armed forces recruiting stations;
- at the Board of Registrars located at the county seat in the voter’s county of residence;
- by mail-in form available at Probate Judge and License Commissioner offices, colleges, universities, public schools, or libraries;
- by mailing in the Alabama Mail-In Voter Registration Form available for download here!
WHY SHOULD I VOTE?
Voting is connected with a host of positive benefits for the individual voter:
- Compared to non-voters, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs.
- Voters have higher levels of self-reported health and voting could also potentially boost mental health.
- Voting and other forms of civic engagement have been tied to lower unemployment rates.
- Ex-offenders who have their civil rights restored are less likely to return to prison.
- Voters have the satisfaction of knowing that they have expressed their opinions.