Ballots are delivered to the Cullman Civic Center during the June 2018 primary.

The deadline to register to vote is approaching for unregistered voters who intend to cast a ballot in Alabama’s Republican and Democratic party primary elections this March. This year’s primaries feature major races for federal, state, and local offices — including, of course, the U.S. presidency, which will be decided this November in the nationwide general election.

Feb. 17 is the final day to register for anyone wishing to vote in the March 3 party primary. Disclosing a party affiliation or preference is not a part of the registration process in Alabama, but as always, primary voters will be limited to a ballot that features candidates from either the Republican or Democratic party — but not both. Cross-party voting opens up instead on the general election ballot, which will send all American voters to the polls on Nov. 3.

New Alabama residents may register to vote on the same day that they move into the state. Any Alabama resident is eligible to register to vote if they:

Are a citizen of the United States

Reside in Alabama

Are at least 18 years old on or before election day

Have not been barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction

Have not been declared mentally incompetent by a court.

Voter registration applications may be submitted online at alabamavotes. gov. Paper registration forms must be postmarked, hand delivered to the Cullman County Board of Registrars, or submitted at a participating agency-based voter registration location no later than Feb. 17 for the March primary.

Residents may register online at or by using the Vote for Alabama app if they have an Alabama driver’s license or non-driver ID card. Residents can also register to vote at the time they apply for, or renew, their driver’s license or non-driver ID card, as well as at state and local government offices when applying or recertifying for Aid to Dependent Children, SNAP, TANF, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services.

Residents may also register to vote at the Board of Registrars (located at the Cullman County Courthouse), at public libraries, armed forces recruiting stations, and by mail-in forms available at the Cullman County Probate Judge’s office (also located at the Cullman County Courthouse).

A mail-in registration form also can be obtained by calling the Cullman County Board of Registrars at 256-739-3530, or the Elections Division in the Office of the Secretary of State at 1-800-274-VOTE (8683).

Benjamin Bullard can be reached by phone at 256-734-2131 ext. 145.

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