August 5, 2013 - Alexandria, Va. - The State of Alabama will hold a special primary election in the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday, September 24 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Jo Bonner. The 1st Congressional District consists of Baldwin, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington counties and a portion of Clarke County.

September 24 special primary election deadlines are as follows:

Deadline to register to vote Friday, September 13
Ballot request deadline Thursday, September 19
Ballots must be postmarked No later than Monday, September 23
Ballots must be received No later than 12 noon CST, Tuesday, September 24


You can register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot by using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) automated tool at: Do not forget to indicate on the FPCA how you would like to receive your absentee ballot (electronically or by mail).

Ballots will be transmitted on August 10 to all Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters with an active absentee ballot application on file with the county Absentee Election Manager, or who have submitted an absentee ballot application to the Alabama Special State Absentee Election Manager.

If none of the candidates receive more than 50 percent of the vote in the special primary election, a special primary run-off election will be held on Tuesday, November 5. A special primary run-off ballot will be sent to military and overseas voters who were sent a September 24 special primary ballot.

If you do not participate in the September 24 special primary, and are not already registered to vote, but would like to participate in the November 5 special primary run-off, the deadlines are as follows:

Deadline to register to vote Friday, October 25
Ballot request deadline Thursday, October 31
Ballots must be postmarked No later than Monday, November 4
Ballots must be received No later than 12 noon CST, Tuesday, November 5


If you are concerned about not receiving your ballot in time to vote, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB online assistant is available at: The FWAB is also available at military installations around the world.

You can track the status of your ballot at:

The special general election will be held on Tuesday, December 17.

Submit your FPCA, the form used to register to vote and request your absentee ballot, to:

   Ed Packard
   Special State Absentee Election Manager
   600 Dexter Avenue Room E-210
   Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Upon application, you will receive your special primary, run-off and general election ballots from the Alabama Secretary of State's office electronically or by mail based on your preference as stated on the FPCA or FWAB. If you reside outside the United States and have requested mail transmission, your ballot will be sent by express mail and a return express mail envelope will be included for return of your voted ballot. Absentee ballot applications are also available from a Voting Assistance Officer or the Alabama Secretary of State's website:


For more information on FVAP or assistance with the absentee voting process, visit for live chat assistance, call FVAP at 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584 (CONUS)/312-425-1584 (OCONUS), or email Remember, you also can contact your unit or installation voting assistance officers for assistance during any step of the process.


PDF version of FVAP News Release #14