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How to Vote in Birmingham’s 2021 Election

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Birmingham's mayoral and city council elections are approaching. Absentee ballots are only available to certain voters, so most Birmingham residents will need to cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

  • Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 24. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • A runoff election will be held on Oct. 5 for each race in which no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote.

How do I register to vote?

You can register online, by mail or in person. You must register by Aug. 9 to vote in this year’s election. You can check online to see if you’re registered to vote.

How can I get an absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?

Absentee ballots are only available to certain voters, including family caregivers, members of the military living outside of Birmingham and people who are incarcerated. More information about absentee ballot eligibility can be found on the secretary of state’s website.

To receive an absentee ballot, print and complete an online application, and either mail or hand deliver it to the absentee election manager’s office in your county. Find your county office’s address on the secretary of state’s website.

Election officials must receive your application for an absentee ballot by Aug. 17 if you send it through the mail or by 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 if you hand deliver it. Your completed ballot must then be delivered by noon on Election Day if sent by mail or by 5 p.m. on Election Day if hand delivered.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

Election Day is Tuesday, August 24 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling location through the secretary of state’s online tool.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

No, but you can send in an absentee ballot before the election if you qualify for and request one.

Do I need identification to vote?

Yes. Acceptable forms of identification include a valid driver’s license, a U.S. passport or military ID. Visit the secretary of state’s website for a complete list of acceptable IDs.

What is being done to make polling places safe from the coronavirus?

There are no official guidelines, but masks will be available to voters and poll workers, says the Birmingham City Clerk’s office.

What races are on the ballot?

Candidates have until July 9 to qualify to be on the ballot.

  • Mayor: Incumbent Randall Woodfin, former Mayor William. A. Bell, Chris Woods, and Cerissa A. Brown, Philemon Hill, Darryl Williams, Lashunda Scales, and Juanita Jones
  • City Council: Districts 1 through 9
  • Birmingham Board of Education: Districts 1 through 9

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