Tips to know before heading to the polls Tuesday

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - When you head to the polls on June 1st, you need to be prepared to make your voting go as smooth as possible.

The following information was taken from the Alabama Secretary of State website,

Where do I vote?

The county Board of Registrars sends to each voter a certificate of registration that includes the address of that voter's polling place.

  • A voter who has not received the card or is unsure can check their polling place by clicking here.

What are the polling location hours?

Alabama polling places are open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

What are the forms of ID?

A voter must present a valid form of identification to be eligible to vote.

  • A current and valid photo identification issued by the government 

  • A current and valid photo identification issued by the voter's employer 

  • A current and valid photo identification issued by a public or private college, university, or postgraduate technical or professional school located within the state 

  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

    • The term "other government document" may include, but is not limited to, any of the following: 

      •  A valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Alabama, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification.

      • A valid United States passport. 

      • A valid Alabama hunting or fishing license 

      • A valid Alabama permit to carry a pistol or revolver

      • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the United States

      • A valid United States military identification card

      • A certified copy of the voter's birth certificate

      • A valid Social Security card

      • Certified naturalization documentation

      • A certified copy of court records showing adoption or name change 

      • A valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card (formerly referred to as a "food stamp card")

What's the voting procedure?

1. The voter appears at the polling place and provides his or her name to a poll worker. The voter must also present an acceptable form of identification.

2. A poll worker checks the individual's name against the list of registered voters for that precinct. If the voter has an "I" by his/her name, the voter needs to update voter registration information. Before being allowed to vote, the voter must complete a Voter Update Form that is available at the polling place.

3. The voter signs a poll list. If the election is a party primary, the voter must state in which party primary he or she wishes to vote and then must sign that party's poll list.

4. The voter casts his or her vote.

What if my name isn't on the list?

If a person's name does not appear on the list of registered voters for the polling place, the poll worker should contact the local Board of Registrars to determine if the person is eligible to vote at that polling place.

If the Board of Registrars is unable to verify the person's voter registration, he or she may vote a provisional ballot.

How long will I have to vote?

A voter remaining in a voting machine booth (or in the polling place where paper ballots are used) for four minutes or longer may be asked by a poll worker if assistance is needed.

What will the ballots look like?

You can find a list of sample ballots by clicking here.

Where can I find more Information?

You can visit the WAFF Decision 2010 Page by clicking here.