Application for absentee ballots now being accepted

Published 6:20 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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With the May 2022 primary just weeks away, now is the time to apply for an absentee ballot if you won’t make it to the polls on election day.
John Robert Fountain, Escambia County Circuit Clerk and the county’s Absentee Election Manager, said the application dates for the absentee ballot is now open.
“There are certain qualifications that must be met in order to get an absentee ballot,” Fountain said. “As long as a voter qualifies, they can apply for the ballot that can be cast by mail, commercial carrier or in person at our office. Those applications must be made in writing and completed not less than five days before the election.”
Among the qualifying points for absentee voting, Fountain released the following list:
A. The voter expects to be out of the country or state on Election Day;
B. The voter has any physical illness or infirmity which prevents attendance at the polls whether in or out of the county on the day of election;
C. The voter expects to work a shift which has at least 10 hours which coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place;
D. The voter is enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of residence (attendance) at which prevents attendance at the polls;
E. The voter 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;
F. The voter 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;
G. The voter is a caregiver for a family member to the second degree of kinship who is confined to their home;
H. The voter is incarcerated in prison or jail, but has not been disqualified by conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude as defined by T17-3-30.1.
To obtain an application or to submit a completed application, visit the Circuit Clerk’s office inside the Escambia County Courthouse on Belleville Avenue in Brewton. Absentee ballots are also available online at

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