2022 General Election—what to know for Jefferson County

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I’m ready for my “I Voted” sticker. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

It’s about that time to head to the polls. From how to find your polling place to who’s on the ballot, here’s everything you need to know for the 2022 General Election on Tuesday, November 8.

Mark your calendars

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Be prepared to vote. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

We’re nearing election day. Voter registration is open all year and closes 14 days before each election. If you missed the window for the upcoming election, be sure to register in time for the next one! Here are important dates to add to your calendar for the general election:

  • Tuesday, November 1: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail.
  • Thursday, November 3: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person.
  • Monday, November 7: Last day to hand-deliver an absentee ballot.
  • Tuesday, November 8: In-person voting + absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by noon.

There are numerous groups in Alabama helping voters register and be informed before they head to the polls, including:

Where is your polling place?

Birmingham On-Demand
Looking for a ride to the polls? Birmingham On-Demand is the answer. (Via)

Birmingham is pretty big, so there are a lot of polling places around town. Find the closest polling place to you in Jefferson County here. Locate the precinct number for your polling place here.

Don’t have a car to drive to a polling place? Birmingham On-Demand is coming to the rescue. This on-demand shared ride service is only $1.50 per ride. You can book a ride on the Via app or call.

  • Hours: Monday-Friday 6AM-8PM | Saturday 10AM-8PM

What’s on the ballot?

Wondering what the ballot will look like? You can look at a sample ballot before heading to the polls. All Alabama voters will see the following positions on their ballots (R= Republican; D= Democrat; L= Libertarian):

  • Agriculture Commissioner: Rick Pate (R); Jason Clark (L)
  • Attorney General: Steve Marshall (R); Wendell Major (D)
  • Governor: Kay Ivey (R); Yolanda Flowers (D); Jimmy Blake (L)
  • Lieutenant Governor: Will Ainsworth (R); Ruth Page-Nelson (L)
  • Secretary of State: Wes Allen (R); Pamela Laffitte (D); Matt Shelby (L)
  • State Treasurer: Young Boozer (R); Scott Hammond (L)
  • State Auditor: Andrew Sorrell (R); Leigh Lachine (L)
  • US Senator: Katie Britt (R); Will Boyd (D); John Sophecleus (L)

Jefferson County voters will also see positions for local elections, including:

  • Circuit Court Judge (4, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19-25)
  • District Attorney
  • District Court Judge (Place 4, 5, 10)
  • Jefferson County Board of Education (Districts 3 and 5)
  • Jefferson County Commission (Districts 1-5)
  • Jefferson County Sheriff
  • State Board of Education (District 5)
  • State House of Representatives (Districts 14-16, 44-48, 51, 52, 54-60)

Wanting to learn more about each candidate? Research candidates, including sheriff, judicial offices and county commission positions.

There will also be statewide and local amendments to vote for, which include a yes or no response. These amendments cover topics like removing racist language from the Constitution of Alabama, tax exemptions, broadband infrastructure and reasonable bail.

The Greater Birmingham Area consists of five counties—look up the sample ballot for Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair and Shelby Counties for more information. We hope to catch you at the polls!

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Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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