Mary H. Harris
Absentee Election Manager
P.O. Box 1810
Columbiana, AL 35051
Phone: (205) 669-3779
SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA
RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS
FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW CAREFULLY
Applications for absentee ballots must be filed in the office of the Absentee
Election Manager/Circuit Clerk not less than five (5) days prior to the Election.
The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 3, 2016 by 4:30 pm. You may
vote medical and business emergency, if you qualify, on Friday, November 4, 2016 and
Monday November 7, 2016. The business emergency application requires that you sign
an affidavit stating you were not aware until after the November 3rd 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 Room 128 of the Shelby County Courthouse, 112 North Main Street, Columbiana,
Ala. 35051. Applications are also available for download in the
Absentee Section of the website.
After completing and signing the application, the voter may hand the application
to the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk or forward it by U.S. Mail.
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO BRING IN AN APPLICATION FOR ANOTHER PERSON (not even
a family member - [
AG Opinion 90-387]), the only exception being a Designee for a Medical Emergency.
By law, the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk can only accept
one application per envelope (
AG Opinion 82-551 ) that is received by U.S. Mail. The application must provide
the Alabama residence address where the voter is registered to vote,
even if the ballot is to be mailed to another address where the applicant/voter
regularly receives mail.
The Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk may hand the ballot to the applicant/voter,
or forward it by U.S. Mail to the applicant's/voter's residence address or
upon written request to the address where the applicant/voter regularly receives
mail. NO ONE CAN RECEIVE OR RETURN A BALLOT FOR ANY OTHER PERSON (not even
a family member), exception being a Designee for Medical Emergency. INSTRUCTIONS
WILL ACCOMPANY EACH BALLOT AND MUST BE FOLLOWED CAREFULLY TO INSURE THAT YOUR BALLOT
A copy of photo identification (§ 17-10A-1,
Code of Alabama) must accompany the ballot. The law provides for Provisional
- identification is not properly provided.
- the voter is not identified as appearing in the precinct for which the voter seeks
- an absentee precinct inspector or clerk has knowledge that the individual is not
entitled to vote at the precinct applicable to the voter's ballot and challenges
the voter's right to vote a particular ballot. The law provides ways for voters
to correct deficiencies so that provisional ballots can be counted. Section 17-10A-2,
Code of Alabama.
Ballots must be returned by the voter in person to the Absentee Election
Manager/Circuit Clerk's office no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, November 7, 2016,
or,if mailed, must be postmarked no later than one day prior to the election
and received in the mail no later than noon November 8, 2016. Business emergency
ballots must be voted in the office in person and handed to the Absentee Election
Manager/Circuit Clerk. Medical emergency ballots must be returned no later than
noon on Election Day.(
AG Opinion 03-036 )
Any person desiring to vote Absentee may come by the Circuit Clerk's office, Room
128 in the Shelby County Courthouse, 112 North Main Street, Columbiana, Ala. 35051.
The mailing address is P.O. Box 1810, Columbiana, Ala. 35051.
If you need further information about voting Absentee, you may call Circuit Clerk/Absentee
Election Manager Mary H. Harris at the Circuit Clerk's office, (205) 669-3779 or
the main office line 669-3760 and press 0 for the operator..
Please Note: If you do not know your voting precinct you
can call the Board of Registrars at (205) 669-3913 extension 1 or go to
for this information. Please update your address prior to applying for an Absentee ballot so that you
will receive the correct ballot for your current address.