Monday is last day to register to vote

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Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election. 

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service is recommending people across the nation to apply for an absentee ballot by Monday to insure that the absentee ballot has time to be mailed. However, the official absentee application deadline is not until Oct. 29, and people can also apply and vote at the Walker County Circuit Clerk's Office. Legally, absentee ballots can be postmarked and mailed, or turned in by the voter by hand, at the Circuit Clerk's Office by Nov. 2.

Polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Terra Tidwell, the chairman of the Walker County Board of Registrars, recently pointed to an application for voter registration at the board's office counter, saying anyone can come to their office and fill it out. 

Aside from regular personal information, applicants will be asked to write down a driver's license or non-driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number, or to mark a box if they cannot provide either. 

One can also fill out a form online (which comes straight to the local registrars' computer), download a printable form or request a form be mailed to them, all through www.alabamavotes.gov. One may request a form by calling the Board of Registrars or calling the Secretary of State's Office at 1-800-274-8683

Once they are registered, up to three or four days later they will get postcard showing where they vote. They can also go to alabamavotes.gov and check their registration there, to see if they are registered or the accuracy of their address and name, as well as if they are active or inactive. 

People who have not updated to their current address in the records can use the same methods for voter registration.  She urged that any updating be done before Election Day, as not doing so would lead to not being listed in the new location and having to cast a provisional ballot. 

One can call the office at 205-384-7279, and the hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Election Day, the hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the same hours of operation for the polls. The office also has paper copies now of the sample ballots and paper copies of the state's official Alabama Voter Guide on the counter. (An online version of the guide and sample ballots for all Alabama counties, as well as other voter information and tools, is at alabamavotes.gov.) 

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