By Zach Hester, Reporter • firstname.lastname@example.org (Photo via WBTV)
ALABAMA — Earlier this week, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced the extension of an emergency rule that allows Alabamians to vote absentee if they don't want to go to the polls due to COVID-19.
The rule, which was first used in this month's runoff elections across the state, adjusts the requirement for voters to give a valid reason for voting absentee. The rule will also be in place for municipal elections next month.
Under the rule, if a voter determines it is "impossible or unreasonable" to vote at their regular polling place due to the pandemic, they can check a box on the absentee application that states: "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls."
"Amid coronavirus concerns, it is important to remember that Alabamians who are concerned about contracting or spreading an illness have the opportunity to avoid the polls on Election Day by casting an absentee ballot," said Merrill.
Voters can access an absentee ballot application online or via their county absentee ballot manager.