Voting in a Municipal Election

Registering to Vote:

Voter registration forms may picked up from the City Clerk’s office at 402 Lee Street NE, Decatur, AL 35601. You also can register to vote online at the Secretary of State’s website .

If you are unsure of your voter information, contact the Board of Registrars for the county where you reside.

Morgan County:
Morgan County Board of Registrars
Morgan County Courthouse, 1st floor
302 Lee Street, NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601
(256) 351-4660

Limestone County:
Limestone County Board of Registrars
100 South Clinton Street
Athens, Alabama 35801
(256) 233-6405

General Information:

Municipal elections are held quadrennially on the fourth Tuesday in August. The next City election for the office of Mayor and for five City Council positions will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. These are non-partisan, at-large elections.

A run-off election, if necessary, will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, and the organizational meeting for the new administration will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Voters must be registered a minimum of 14 days prior to the election. If you have moved or had a name change, please update your information prior to this deadline. Registration and updates may be done on-line at or forms may be obtained.

Poll hours are from 7:00 A.M. through 7:00 P.M.

View sample ballots for each district.

Absentee Information:

Municipal Absentee Ballot Application – Decatur Elections (General and Run-off)

Municipal Absentee Ballot Applications must be returned to the City Clerk at Decatur City Hall:
Decatur City Hall
PO BOX 488
DECATUR, AL 35602-0488

Important Absentee Deadlines:

August 20, 2020
Last day for a voter to apply for a regular absentee ballot. §17-11-3(a).

August 22, 2020
The deadline for hand-delivery of absentee ballots is the close of business on August 22. §17-11-3(c), 17-11-18.

August 24, 2020
Last day, up to the close of business, for a voter to apply for and submit an emergency absentee ballot if he or she:

  • Is required by their employer to be unavailable to vote in the polls;
  • Is a caregiver of a person who requires emergency treatment within five days of the election; or
  • Has a family member to the 2nd degree of kinship who dies within five days of the election. §17-11-3(d) as amended by ACT 2019-509 11-3(d) as amended by ACT 2019-509.
  • Last day, up to the close of business, for a voter to hand deliver absentee ballot. §17-11-3(c), §17-11-18.

If an absentee ballot is returned by mail, it must be postmarked by August 24 and received by noon the day of the election.

Information Regarding the Fair Campaign Practices Act:

All questions regarding the Fair Campaign Practices Act & its related forms are to be directed to the Secretary of State’s office .

General questions regarding municipal elections should be directed to:
Stephanie Simon, City Clerk-Treasurer
(256) 341-4536