2019 Referendum Election Information

Absentee voting is currently underway for the City of Gadsden referendum election to be held on January 22, 2019, for the purpose of determining whether the members of the Gadsden City Board of Education should be appointed or elected (please see sample ballot).

Voters may apply in person at the City Clerk’s office (Room 401, Gadsden City Hall, 90 Broad Street) or mail their application to P. O. Box 267, Gadsden, AL 35902.  

Applications can be downloaded from the City Clerk page on the city’s website: www.cityofgadsden.com or picked up from the City Clerk’s office.  The clerk’s office is also willing to mail an application to voters who request one by calling us at 256-549-4517.

Applicants must provide their residence address, which must be within the corporate limits of Gadsden and match with their voter registration.  If you have moved and have not updated your voter registration, please contact the Etowah County Board of Registrars at 256-549-5385 to find out how to update your address before applying for an absentee ballot.  Voters may also register to vote or update voter information online at www.alabamavotes.gov.  The deadline for this process is January 7 (14 days prior to the election).

We cannot accept a completed application from anyone but the voter.  Voters may also return their application by U.S. Mail.  Alabama law prohibits the acceptance of multiple applications in the same envelope.

The absentee ballot package will include instructions for the voter, including the requirements for providing a valid photo identification.  Absentee voters must complete all information on the affidavit of the absentee voter envelope.  If it is not complete or not signed (or marked), and notarized or witnessed by two witnesses 18 or older prior to being delivered or mailed, the ballot cannot be counted.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, January 17.  No ballots may be issued after that date, unless a voter qualifies for an emergency absentee ballot.  Voters should submit applications as early as possible to allow the time required for mail delivery.  Click here for more information.

Iva Nelson, City Clerk/Absentee Election Manager
Room 401, Gadsden City Hall, 90 Broad Street