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Absentee ballot deadline approaches

The Primary Runoff election is set for July 14. As of press time, there are 79 days left to apply for an absentee ballot.

With the coronavirus crisis, Secretary Merrill reminded all Alabama voters who are concerned about contracting or spreading COVID-19 to apply for and cast an absentee ballot.

Due to the declared states of emergency, any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual. In the case none of the boxes are appropriate, voters can check the box which reads as follows:

“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

For the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, June 29, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, July 9, the deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Escambia County Absentee Election Manager John Fountain is the close of business Monday, July 13, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, July 13.

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online or requested by visiting or calling (251) 867-0225.

Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.