Absentee ballot deadline looms

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 25, 2004

Butler County Commission District 1 and District 3 voters return to the polls on Tuesday, June 29th for the Democratic Primary runoff.

Circuit Clerk Allen Stephenson said things are greatly different this time.

&uot;The only absentee ballots are from the two districts with the runoffs,&uot; he said.

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&uot;That mean they are voters from District 1 and District 3.

Some people may already have their absentee ballots, depending on their preference in the primary.

&uot;For those who checked both boxes for the primary and runoff we automatically sent those people in District 1 and District 3 runoff ballots,&uot; he said.

Stephenson reminds everyone that the changes in effect for the primary still apply.

Applications for absentee ballots must be filed in Stephenson’s office no less than five days prior to the June 29 runoff.

That means the deadline to apply to use the absentee ballot is Thursday, June 24 by 5 p.m.

For those with medical or business emergencies, the deadline to file an application will be no later than Monday, June 28th by 5 p.m.

Stephenson said any qualified voter of Butler County might vote an absentee ballot, provided they meet the requirements as contained in the application.

After completing and signing the application, the voter may hand deliver the ballot to Stephenson at the courthouse or send it in by the U.S. Postal Service.

Stephenson emphasizes that no one other than the voter may bring in the application.

By law, Stephenson can only accept one application per envelope that is received by 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.

Stephenson urges anyone who has moved since registering to vote to contact the Butler County Board of Registrars to update his or her address prior to applying for an absentee ballot.

Call them at 382-5685, visit in person for write them at 700 Court Square, Greenville, 36037.

There are many methods of identification that will be accepted, and Stephenson doesn’t see a problem.

&uot;There is no reason why it should cause a problem for anyone unless they don’t have access to a copy machine,&uot; he said.

Current photo ID showing name and address.

Copy of a current utility bill,

Copy of bank statement

Copy of government check

Copy of paycheck

Other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

Valid ID issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Alabama, any other state, or the U.S. authorized by law to issue personal identification.

Valid U.S. passport.

Valid Alabama hunting or fishing license.

Valid Alabama permit to carry a pistol or revolver.

Valid pilot’s license issued by the FAA or other authorized U.S.

Valid U.S. military identification card.

Certified copy of the elector’s birth certificate.

Valid Social Security card.

Certified naturalization documentation.

Certified copy of court records showing adoption or name change.

Valid Medicaid card

Valid Medicare card

Valid EBT card

For more information, please call Stephenson at 382-3521.