View the History of Voting in the United States timeline to learn when different groups received the right to vote.

Important Dates for 2020

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Sept. 9-Oct. 29: Absentee Voting Dates in Alabama

Oct. 19: Voter registration deadline in Alabama for the general election

Oct. 29: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot in Alabama

Nov. 2: Deadline to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot in Alabama

Nov. 3: General election nationwide

To request an absentee ballot from the Alabama Secretary of State’s office, visit:




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Voter Registration Deadlines by State

Everything You Need to Know About Voter Registration

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NPR Special Series — 2020 Election: Secure Your Vote

The NPR Politics team provides information to help voters through the election with the latest news, tools and advice. You also can submit a question as a voice memo and upload it and an NPR producer may contact your for future reporting.


Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote is a non-profit progressive-aligned organization in the United States whose stated mission is “to engage and build the political power of young people.” The organization was founded in 1990 by Virgin Records America Co-Chairman Jeff Ayeroff, to encourage young people to vote.


Black Voters Matter


League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a civic organization in the United States that was formed to help women take a larger role in public affairs after they won the right to vote.

Center for American Women and Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics is a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1971, it is nationally and internationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about U.S. women’s political participation.

Ready to Run

Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office.

She Should Run

She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to dramatically increase the number of women considering a run for public office.


flyer promoting voter education eventWhat Would John Lewis Do? Vote!

Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. via Zoom

This event features a panel discussion covering:

Evolution of voting in America
How the electoral college works
Media and election coverage


Dr. Ellen Griffith Spears, UA associate professor of American Studies
Dr. George Daniels, UA professor of journalism and creative media/former television news producer
Dr. John Giggie, UA professor of history/director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South
Dr. Richard Fording, Marilyn Williams Elmore and John Durr Elmore Endowed Professor of Political Science at UA

Register via Eventbrite.

2020 Presidential Debates

Learn more about debate history, find out who will moderate this year’s debates and more at the Commission on Presidential Debates website at

  • Sept. 29 — First presidential debate, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct. 7 — Vice presidential debate, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Oct. 15 — Second presidential debate, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, Florida–CANCELED
  • Oct. 22 — Third presidential debate, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee

Election Conversations: What’s on your mind? (students only)

Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.

A virtual, student-driven discussion about the 2020 elections with T. Marie King, Birmingham-based educator and activist for the local voice network, sponsored by the School of Social Work

National Voter Registration Day – Sept. 22

First observed in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating the U.S. democracy. Celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center). Visit to learn more.