Absentee ballot applications for upcoming elections now accepted

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Cassandra Johnson/Absentee Election Manager

Applications are now being accepted for absentee ballots for the upcoming Nov, 4, 2014, General Election. 

Applications must be filed in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk not less than five days prior to the Election. 

The deadline to apply is Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 by 5 p.m.  You may vote medical or business emergency, if you qualify, on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 and Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. 

The business emergency application requires that you sign an affidavit stating you were not aware until after the Oct. 30 deadline that you had to go out of town on business.

Any qualified elector of this State may vote an Absentee ballot, provided they meet the requirements (17-10-1 et seq., Code of Alabama), as contained in the application, which is available in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk, located in the Etowah County Judicial Building, Absentee Election Office, 801 Forrest Ave., Suite 202, Gadsden, Ala.  Applications are also available for download at the Secretary of State website http://www.sos.state.al.us/Elections/Absentee VotingInfo.aspx or www.alabamavotes.gov/.

If you are a registered voter in Etowah County, you may vote absentee if you meet one of the following criteria and can make sworn affidavit as to the reason:

I will be absent from the county on election day.

I have a physical illness or infirmity that prevents my attendance at the polls.

I work a shift which has at least ten hours that coincide with the hours the polls are open.

I am enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of permanent residence.

I have been appointed as an election officer at a polling place which is not their regular polling place.

I am a member of, or a spouse 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 absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973FF.

Any person desiring to vote in person Absentee may come by the Circuit Clerk’s Office located in the Etowah County Judicial Building, 1ST floor, Absentee Voting Division at 801 Forrest Avenue, Suite 202 Gadsden, Ala.  

The Absentee Office will be open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Or, you can mail your application for Absentee Ballot to Cassandra Johnson, Absentee Election Manager, 801 Forrest Avenue, Suite 202, Gadsden, Ala, 35901. (Note: Only one application per envelope will be accepted).

If you have any questions about absentee voting or need further information, you may contact Circuit Clerk/Absentee Election Manager, Cassandra Johnson – Circuit Clerk’s Office at (256) 549-5355.

Pursuant to Alabama law, you must provide a valid photo ID when voting an absentee ballot (Contact Absentee Election Manager for exceptions). The last day to register to vote or update your voting status is 15 days prior to Election Day. 

For information concerning your voter registration and/or updates, please contact the Etowah County Board of Registrars at (256) 549-5384. 

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