Absentee voting for the March 1, 2016, Primary Election began on Jan. 6, 2016. Any qualified elector may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person at the absentee election manager’s office, by making application in writing, not less than five days prior to the Election and the applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

The person will be out of the county or state on Election Day.

The person has any physical illness or infirmity which prevents his or her attendance at the polls, whether he or she is within or outside the county on the day of election.

The person works a shift which has at least ten (10) hours which coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place.

The person is enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of his or her personal residence which prevents his or her attendance at the polls.

The person is a member of, or spouse or dependent of a member of, the armed forces of the United States or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.

The person has been appointed as an election officer or named as a poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place.

Applications for absentee voting and voter information are available on the website of the Alabama Secretary of State at www.sos.state.al.us. or at ABSENTEE ELECTION OFFICE, BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 220 SECOND AVE. EAST, ONEONTA, AL 35121.

Separate applications for absentee ballots are required for elections which are more than 42 days apart, except as to individuals voting pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.

Completed absentee applications must include the Alabama residence where the voter is registered to vote, even if the ballot is to be mailed to another address where the applicant/voter regularly receives mail. If you have moved and have not updated your voter registration, you should contact the Blount County Board of Registrars at 220 Second Ave East, Oneonta, Alabama, 35121 and update your address prior to applying for an absentee ballot. You may contact the registrar’s office at 205-625-6868 ext. 3123, 3124 or 3125.

The absentee election manager is required to post each day a list of absentee voters to include names, addresses and voting places of each applicant. This list will be posted outside my office each day.

For more information concerning absentee voting, please contact: Cindy C. Massey, Clerk of Circuit Court, Absentee Election Manager, Blount County Courthouse, 220 Second Ave. East, Room #208, Oneonta, AL 35121, 205-625-4153.