Absentee ballots now available

HAMILTON - Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, Marion County Circuit Clerk and Absentee Election Manager Denise Mixon has announced that her office will begin sending out voter absentee ballot applications for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.
The last day to file an application for a ballot will be Thursday, Nov. 1.
Registered voters can request an absentee ballot at Mixon’s office, which is located on the second floor of the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton.
Monday, Nov. 5, is the last business day before the election and is the last day a voter can return, in person, his or her regular absentee ballot.
Mixon noted that no one, not even a family member, can return another person’s ballot.
Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 5 and received in Mixon’s office by noon on election day.
To request an absentee application for the Nov. 6 general election or for more information, interested persons are encouraged to contact Mixon by calling 921-7451 or by sending a request to P.O. Box 1595, Hamilton.
The circuit clerk’s office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office is closed daily from 12 to 1 p.m. for lunch.
Reasons to apply
Any qualified elector may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person at the absentee election manager’s office, if he or she makes an application in writing not less than five days prior to the election and meets one of the following requirements:
• The person will be out of the county or state on election day;
• The person has an physical illness or infirmity which prevents them from appearing at his or her polling place in the Nov. 6 election;
• The person works a shift which has at least 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 attendance at the polls; or
• The person is a member, spouse or dependent of a member of the armed forces of the U.S. or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
Completed absentee applications must provide the municipality where the voter is registered to vote, even if the ballot is to be mailed to another address.
Any completed application must be returned by the voter in person or be sent by U.S. mail. No one, not even a family member, can return another person’s application.

Emergency absentee ballot
Mixon said any registered elector who requires emergency treatment of a licensed physician within five days of an election may apply for an emergency absentee ballot for the election and may vote by returning the absentee ballot no later than noon on the day the election is held.
The attending physician shall certify the circumstances as an emergency on a special form designed and provided by the doctor’s office to local absentee election managers. The special form shall be attached to the application.
Any registered elector whose name appears on the poll list of qualified voters may vote by an emergency absentee ballot if he or she is required by his or her employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on an emergency business trip on Election Day.

Under such circumstances, the applicant shall apply for an emergency absentee ballot at the office of the absentee election manager no later than the close of the business day one day prior to the election. The applicant shall complete and file an application form designed by the Alabama Secretary of State for emergency absentee voters.
The form shall contain an affidavit which the applicant shall sign or swear, acknowledging that he or she was not aware of the out-of-county business requirement prior to five days before the election.

An applicant who meets the requirements of this subsection may vote by an emergency absentee ballot. After voting the ballot, the voter shall hand the ballot to the absentee election manager.