Jackson County Circuit Clerk Bart Buchanan said absentee ballots will begin being mailed out Sept. 9 and absentee voting will be made available in the circuit clerk’s office, beginning Sept. 14.

“That means if you cannot make it to the polls on Nov. 3, you will be able to come in and fill out your absentee ballot application,” said Buchanan. “With your photo identification, you will be handed your ballot to vote your candidate. This eliminates the mail in process.”

Buchanan said if voters decide to use USPS, UPS, FedEx or some other carrier, when you get your ballot packet, fill it out as soon as possible and mail it to Bart Buchanan, Absentee Ballot Manager, at P.O. Box 459, Scottsboro, AL 35768.

“Do not wait until the last minute to mail in your packet,” added Buchanan.

Buchanan said make sure that the affidavit envelope is filled out correctly on the back.

“The main reason that absentee votes are rejected by the poll workers is that the affidavit envelopes are not notarized or signed by two witnesses,” said Buchanan. “If you have it notarized, you do not have to have two witnesses. If you have two witnesses, you do not have to have it notarized. Make sure you fill in county, place of residence, date of birth and your signature.”

Buchanan said when voters vote absentee in office, COVID-19 guidelines will be adhered.

“We will be disinfecting spaces to vote before and after,” he added.

For the Nov. 3 General Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 19. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, Oct. 29. The deadline to return an absentee ballot (hand deliver) by the voter to the absentee election manager is the close of business Monday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m. The last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, Nov. 2.

Overseas Active Duty armed forces will have until Tuesday, Nov. 3 to postmark an absentee ballot.

For more information, call the circuit clerk’s office at 256-574-9320 or 256-574-9380.

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