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THIS VIDEO IS OUTDATED. A new video is being produced for the 2018 Primary Elections and it will be posted to this channel in September 2018. Once the new video is finished, we will link to it in this description so that you can find it easily.

How to vote in Alabama! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!

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Check your registration status: https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do

Register online: https://www.alabamavotes.gov/olvr/default.aspx

Register by mail: https://www.alabamavotes.gov/downloads/election/vr/nvra-2.pdf

Request an absentee/mail ballot: http://alabamavotes.gov/downloads/election/general/absenteeballotapp.pdf

Find your polling place: https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do

Find your county’s Board of Registrars office: https://www.alabamavotes.gov/vb/all.aspx?trgtoffice=Board%20of%20Registrars

Find a sample ballot: http://www.alabamavotes.gov/ElectionInfo/2016SampleBallotsPri.aspx?a=voters

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More states: http://www.youtube.com/howtovoteineverystate

Google's simple "How to Register" system: https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&espv=2&q=how+to+register+to+vote
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Hi there, Alabama. Whether this is your first time voting, or you've been an Alabama voter for years, I'm glad you're watching this because the laws in your state have changed a little bit since the last election. 

Before you vote though, you have to register. You can check if you're registered using the link in the description below. But, if you've never registered before or you've moved since the last time you voted, you'll need to fill out a new registration form. If you have a current Alabama Driver's license or state ID, you can submit your registration application online using the link below. But if you don't - maybe you're a student from another state, or you don't drive - you'll have to print out a form and mail it in. Either way you do it, you have to register by October 24th if you want to vote in the November election, so if you haven't registered yet, you should probably open up a tab and do it now before you forget. Once you submit your form, you'll get a letter in the mail confirming that you're registered.

You can't vote early in person in Alabama but you can vote absentee by mail if you will be out of your home country on election day. That includes if you are a student in another state but would prefer to vote in Alabama, if you have a disability that prevents you from going to the polls, or if you're required to work a shift that's 10 hours or longer on election day. If any of those apply to you, you can request a ballot by printing out the form in the link below and mailing it in. You have to request your ballot any time between September 14th and November 3rd and return it by November 7th. 

If you're going to vote in person on November 8th, the polls are open between 7 am and 7 pm, and you can check the link in the description to figure out where exactly you'll need to go. And make sure you bring a valid photo ID with you. They'll accept a driver's license, state ID, passport, student or employee ID from any college or university in Alabama, government employee ID, or military ID or tribal ID. If you don't have any of these forms of identification, you can get a free photo voter ID card that will also be accepted. To get one, you need to apply at the Board of Registrars office in your county. The hours of these officers can vary, so if you need one, start trying to get one now. 

At alabamavotes.gov you can print out a sample ballot that tells you everything you'll be able to vote for. You can even fill it out and bring it with you to the polls so you don't forget what you wanted to vote for. All the links you need to check your registration, and polling location, and get your sample ballot are in the description. Thank you for voting.