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Election 2012 Voting Procedures
City of Huntsville and Madison County websites explain voting procedures, registration and absentee ballots


City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2012

(Huntsville, AL) -The countdown is well under way for municipal elections on Aug. 28, and excitement is building toward state, county and national elections on Nov. 6.

Each election season brings excitement, new voters to the polls and a lot of questions, according to Huntsville City Clerk Treasurer Chuck Hagood and his counterpart, Lynda Hairston, Chairman of the Madison County Board of Registrars. The duo have been streamlining information on their respective web pages to offer voters the most reliable facts on voting procedures, registration, absentee ballots and polling locations. The City's election page is located at www.huntsvilleal.gov/elections, and Madison County's election page may be found at www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter.

There are several dates before the municipal election that voters should take note, including the Aug. 17 deadline for voter registration or change of address and the Aug. 23 deadline to apply for absentee ballots.

"If you are going to be out of town for the municipal election on Aug. 28, now is the time to get your absentee ballot," said Hagood. "There are two ways to do this. Registered voters may come to the Clerk Treasurer's office in City Hall, apply for the absentee ballot and return it on site, or they can download a form online to apply for an absentee ballot and have the ballot mailed to their alternate location. The ballot may be returned by mail or in person."

Absentee ballots for the municipal election must be postmarked or returned no later than August 27. Voters changing their address or registering to vote must also have forms postmarked or returned no later than Aug. 17. Hagood and Hairston caution voters not to wait until the deadline as it will not allow enough time to process applications and requests.

Both the City and County election web pages offer links where voters can check their registration status, find out what districts they live in and determine their polling location. The County's election page also offers information in multiple languages.

"With our newly drawn districts in the City and County, we recognize that some voters might be confused," said Hairston. "We have worked to offer an easy to use web tool that will help citizens verify their information."

Both Hagood and Hairston say that many well-intentioned groups offer incorrect advice about voting procedures. They encourage citizens to check the City and County's official web pages for the most accurate information and they welcome questions by contacting their offices.

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For more information, contact:
Chuck Hagood, City Clerk Treasurer, 256-427-5088, or e-mail chuck.hagood@huntsvilleal.gov.

Lynda Hairston, Chairman, Madison County Board of Registrars, 256-532-3510, voterreg@madisoncountyal.gov.

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