Athens residents who would like to vote in the upcoming mayoral and City Council races but who are not registered to vote have until Friday to do so.
Limestone County has more than 47,000 registered voters, Limestone County Board of Registrars Chairman Lee Liveoak said Monday.
The state of Alabama’s voter registration cutoff is 10 days prior to an election, which is Friday, Aug. 17, for the municipal elections in Athens and Ardmore. There will be no city election in Elkmont because none of the candidates have opposition, Liveoak said.
If you registered to vote long ago but have been inactive, you are still eligible to vote, despite some misinformation being disseminated recently, Secretary of State Beth Chapman said.
The names of currently registered voters will still be on the voter lists regardless of whether they have voted in past elections, she said.
“The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 specifically prohibits covered states from removing individuals from the voter rolls solely for lack of voting for any period of time,” Chapman said.
How to register
To register to vote, you can download a registration form at www.alabamavotes.gov and hand-deliver it to the Limestone County Board of Registrars, located on the second floor of the Clinton Street Annex Building in Athens. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. If you cannot download and print a form, you can register or update information at the Registrars Office.
Name change or move
A voter who has moved should update information because location determines which ballot a voter receives. Do this by visiting or calling the Registrar’s Office at 256-233-6405.
To check your voter registration status, go online to www.alabamavotes.gov and follow the links. Voters may also contact the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-274-VOTE.
Absentee ballots cast in a municipal election are handled through the city clerk’s office in the city where you are voting. In Athens, that office is located on the second floor of the Athens Utilities building on Wilkerson Street, which is located off Elm Street.
If you want to cast an absentee ballot, you can obtain a ballot application from the city clerk or by downloading one from alabamavotees.org. The ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office on or before Thursday, Aug. 23, or no later than the fifth calendar day before the election.