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10/1/2008 - October 2008 SLI Educational Update - The 2008 General Election: Register to Vote; Absentee Voting - 40 Days for Life



To: SLI Supporters

Date: October 2008

From: A. Eric Johnston

Re: The 2008 General Election: Register to Vote; Absentee Voting

40 Days For Life


The general election for President of the United States and a number of state elections will be held November 4, 2008. Before you can vote, you must be registered. If you will not be in your home district on November 4th or are homebound, you may vote in advance by absentee ballot. This Update provides information on registration and absentee voting.

Register to Vote

  1. In order to register to vote you must meet the following qualifications:

- be a United States citizen - have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony

- be at least 18 years old - have not been legally declared mentally incompetent by a court

- reside in Alabama

  1. The deadline for registering to vote is October 24, 2008. There is no charge or cost for registering to vote.
  1. You may obtain a voter registration application from your local County Board of Registrars or online at the Alabama Secretary of State’s website (http://www.sos.state.al.us and follow the links for elections and voter registration). The form is short and easy to complete. When you have finished it, you will mail or return it to your County Board of Registrars or mail it to the Secretary of State, Elections Division, P. O. Box 5616, Montgomery, AL 36103.

Absentee Voting

  1. Absentee voting is done through your county’s Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. There is a certain procedure which must be followed for your ballot to be counted. You may vote absentee if: you will be absent from your county on election day; you are ill or have a physical disability; you are a member of the Armed Forces, a college student, or otherwise living outside of your county; you are an election officer or a poll watcher; or you are working a shift of ten hours or more that coincides with polling hours.
  1. You may obtain the absentee ballot application from the local Circuit Court Clerk’s Office or by visiting the Alabama Secretary of State’s website and obtaining your absentee ballot application. The website is www.sos.state.al.us and follow the links for elections and absentee voting.
  1. The absentee ballot must be completed and mailed or returned to the local Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. There is a security procedure to be followed, with instructions given to you at the time you obtain your absentee ballot.
  1. If mailed, the absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than the date prior to the election, and if hand delivered, it must be in the office of the absentee election manager at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office at the close of the business day prior to the election. The date for both is Monday, November 3, 2008.


Persons throughout the Birmingham metro area are invited to take part in the national 40 Days For Life effort from September 24th through November 2nd. In addition to 40 days of prayer and fasting on your own for an end to abortion in America, volunteers may meet and pray outside of the Birmingham Planned Parenthood abortion clinic (Highland Avenue and 27th Place South). Participants will serve in two hour shifts during the 40 day period. You may visit the official website at http://www.40daysforlifebirmingham.com. There, you can get information on how to sign up to pray outside of the Birmingham Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.

The prayer at Birmingham Planned Parenthood is a peaceful event. It will be in keeping with the attitude of prayer and fasting. There will not be any activities that will lead to arrests, such as have occurred many years ago outside of abortion facilities. This event is asking God for His blessing on our efforts and to end abortion in America. We encourage you to participate. Visit the website for more information or call Sue at 256-338-7316.

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