What you need to know for Tues., Nov 6 elections


Local and statewide elections are being held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Here’s what you need to know.


1. You cannot vote online or by text. 

2. Know where to go to vote. Click here to find your polling location. Polls are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

3. Know what you’re voting for. Click here to find your sample ballot.

3. Know your rights. Alabama voters are required to have a specific type of photo ID at the polls in order to vote. Valid forms of ID are:

– Valid Driver’s License
– Valid Non-driver ID
– Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID
– Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
– Valid Federal Issued ID
– Valid US Passport
– Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state
– Valid student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
– Valid Military ID
– Valid Tribal ID

In addition, a voter who does not have a valid photo ID in his or her possession at the polls shall be permitted to vote if the individual is positively identified by two election officials as a voter on the poll list who is eligible to vote and the election officials sign a sworn affidavit so stating.

A voter who is required to present valid photo identification but who does not do so will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot as provided for by law. See below for Alabama law regarding provisional ballot.

4. If you make a mistake marking your ballot, you can get another ballot. If you have not already placed your ballot in the electronic voting machine or ballot box, you may ask a poll worker for another ballot. The poll worker will spoil your first ballot so that it cannot be counted or reused.

5. If you need help marking your ballot, you can have help. The only people who cannot assist a voter are the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union.

6. After the election, you can check the status of your Provisional Ballot here.

Text of Section 17-10-2 of the Code of Alabama

Click here to see all Alabama election laws.

7. Problem at the polls? Click here to report suspected election irregularities or voter fraud or call 800-274-VOTE (8683) According to the Secretary of State’s office, this web site can be used to report suspected irregularities in state and local elections or suspected violations of the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act. All reports of alleged violations filed through the web site will be kept confidential. Click here for Help America Vote Act complaint form.

Election and voter information can be found at sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes. FAQs are here.


Tennessee election and voter information can be found at sos.tn.gov/elections.

1. You cannot vote online or by text.

2. Know when to vote. Click here to find a list of polling hours by county.

3. Know where to go to vote. Click here to find your polling place.

4. Tennessee offers voters an app with sample ballots, polling locations, and other information. Click here to find the app. You cannot vote online, by text, or through the app.

5. Know what ID you need to vote. Click here to see the list of acceptable IDs and voter ID laws in Tennessee.

6. Problem at the polls? Click here to file a complaint.


All information comes directly from the websites of the Alabama and Tennessee Secretaries of State and is provided for the convenience of the users of this website. Please see official websites or contact appropriate state offices for official election information.

Alabama Secretary of State https://sos.alabama.gov

Tennessee Secretary of State https://sos.tn.gov

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