MUNICIPAL ELECTION AUGUST 23, 2016
Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena – 7 A.M. – 7 P.M.
We will be electing a mayor and five city council members. Any residents interested in qualifying to run for office may do so July 5 through July 19, 2016 through the city clerk’s office at Pelham City Hall. May 25, 2016 (90 days before Election Day) was the last day a candidate could become a resident of the city. Complete candidate information is posted on the city website at www.pelhamonline.com .
The last day to register to vote in the municipal election is August 8, 2016. All registered voters currently residing in the Pelham city limits for 30 days or longer immediately prior to Election Day will be eligible to vote. Residents can check and update their voter registration and download forms online. Contact the Shelby County Board of Registrars at 669-3913 or visit their website www.shelbyal.com or the Secretary of State’s website www.alabamavotes.gov . Voter Registration Forms are also available at the Pelham Public Library. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and at least eighteen (18) years old.
The last day to apply for a regular absentee ballot is August 18, 2016. Absentee ballot application forms are available from the Absentee Election Manager (City Clerk) or can be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s office at www.alabamavotes.gov .
Frequently Asked Questions
Q When is the municipal election?
A The election for Mayor and Council Members is August 23, 2016; and a run-off, if necessary, will be held October 4, 2016.
Q What elected positions will be voted on?
A Mayor and five (5) Councilmembers, Places 1-5.
Q When and how would someone qualify to be a candidate in the municipal election?
A Qualifying for candidacy in the 2016 municipal election begins July 5, 2016 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2016. Candidates must qualify with the municipal clerk. Candidates must be a qualified elector (registered voter) of the municipality and be a resident of the city by May 25, 2016, at least ninety (90) days before the election.
Q What determines whether someone will be in a run-off?
A Of the votes cast in each race, one candidate must receive fifty percent (50%) plus one vote to be elected. If no candidate receives at least 50% plus one vote, then a run-off is held between the two candidates who received the most votes in that race.
Q When will the elected officials take office?
A November 7, 2016.
Q What are the hours the polls will be open on August 23, 2016?
A The hours of voting are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Q How many polling places and voting machines will be used on Election Day?
A We will be using four (4) voting tabulators at the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena.
Q Is campaigning allowed on Election Day?
A Yes, as long as it is done at least 30 feet from the outside door of the Pelham Civic Complex.
Q Can I use my cell phone inside the polling place?
A No cell phones are allowed to be used inside the polling place except by the election official appointed as chief inspector.
Q When is the last day one can register to vote in the municipal election?
A The Board of Registrars will be accepting voter registrations until August 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. Voters can contact the Board of Registrars at 669-3913. A voter must be a resident within the city limits at least 30 days (July 24, 2016) prior to the election in order to vote.
Q Will my voting place be the same as in county, state and federal elections?
A Not necessarily. Municipal elections are held at the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena.
Q Can I write in a name for an office in the municipal election?
A No. Alabama law prohibits write-in voting in municipal elections.
Q Will I have to declare myself to be a Democrat or Republican in order to vote?
A No, you will not be asked your party preference. Every qualified elector (registered voter) of your polling place will have the same ballot on which to vote. Municipal elections are non-partisan, which means no political party designations are listed on the ballot.
Q Under what circumstances can someone vote an absentee ballot?
A Qualified voters who will be out of town on election day and those who cannot go to the polling place because of illness or infirmity or a work shift that coincides with the poll hours may apply for an absentee ballot. An Application for Absentee Ballot Form can be obtained at Pelham City Hall or by calling the city clerk at 620-6402. Forms can be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s office at www.alabamavotes.gov.
Q What is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot?
A August 18, 2016 at 5 p.m. is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the August 23, 2016 election. The deadline is five days prior to the election.
Q Can someone else pick up an absentee application for me or do I have to do it myself?
A You can have someone pick up your application. However, you must return the completed application yourself or place it in the mail. Only one application per envelope is allowed. Applications can also be mailed to those who request one by calling the city clerk at 620-6402.
Mailing Address: Pelham City Hall
City Clerk / Absentee Election Manager
P.O. Box 1419 / 3162 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124
Q What happens after I apply to vote absentee? How do I get my ballot?
A When the ballots are available, you may bring your completed application to the Absentee Election Manger (City Clerk’s Office) or come in and fill out an application there. You must show a photo ID. After the application is checked and approved, you can receive your ballot while you are at city hall.
If the application is sent through the mail, your ballot will be mailed within one business day to the address you put on the application.
Q What happens to my absentee ballot after the Absentee Election Manager receives it?
A The unopened ballots are kept under lock and key at Pelham City Hall. After 12 noon on Election Day the absentee ballots are delivered to the election officials at the polling place where they will be opened and counted.
Additional municipal election information is posted in Documents and Archives on the City of Pelham website.