of State Beth Chapman has filed an emergency rule today to extend the deadline
for applying for an absentee ballot for members of our military and National
Guard who may be deployed in response to superstorm Sandy.
soldiers put the protection of others before their own lives and it is the
least that we can do to ensure they have time to cast their ballots in this
election. The law gives me that ability; so we are moving forward with
giving extra time where we can for the military voters serving those devastated
areas in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.” Secretary Chapman said.
law only extends to military and overseas voters and not private citizens who
may also be responding to the storm this week. “It is unfortunate that we
cannot do this for every responder to this natural disaster, however, we must
follow what the law allows at this point.” Secretary Chapman explained.
those individuals voting pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens
Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) who have been ordered to go outside the State of
Alabama to assist with natural disaster relief related to Hurricane Sandy, the
deadline for receipt of an absentee ballot application is extended to Monday,
November 5, 2012. Because of the close proximity to Election Day,
the UOCAVA voters can fax or email those requests to their local absentee
election manager. Those voters must request electronic transmission of
the absentee ballot and provide an email address.
voted ballots must be postmarked by November 6th and the counties
will be able to receive those ballots to be counted until November 16th.
urge all military members deployed to serve the storm victims to act quickly
and request a ballot immediately,” Secretary Chapman said.
a voter serving in the military who has been deployed to work with the victims
of Storm Sandy has a question about this extension or how it may apply to them,
they can contact the absentee election manager in their county or the
Secretary of State’s office. Contact numbers and information can be found
by visiting www.alabamavotes.gov or by calling