Secretary of State John H. Merrill announces that the State of Alabama will use an electronic ballot delivery and return system for the upcoming 2017 Special Senate Election Cycle and the 2018 election cycle.

Through the use of an electronic balloting system, Alabamians living overseas can receive and return their ballot with the access of a secure online web portal. Alabama is the first state in the Union to implement this technology that enables military members and overseas citizens the chance to return their absentee ballots electronically.

This electronic ballot delivery and return system first proved successful in the August 2015 Montgomery municipal contests.  Other successful tests include the 2016 Presidential Primary and runoff elections, and then full implementation in the November 2016 General Election.

“I am excited to announce that at 83 percent participation, the military turnout for Alabamians deployed overseas was the highest response rate in the nation for the 2016 General Election. Through the use of the electronic balloting system, those citizens defending our freedoms, along with other Alabamians abroad, were given the opportunity to fulfill their civic duty. We look forward to similar success in the 2017 Special Election Cycle and into the 2018 Election Cycle,” said Secretary Merrill.

If there are any questions regarding electronic ballot delivery and return, please contact John Bennett by email at or call at (334) 242-4133.

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