From The Tribune staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday unanimously agreed to open the downtown Birmingham and Bessemer County Courthouses in order to accommodate the high demand for in-person absentee balloting assistance for this year’s general election.
The decision by the County Commission to open the buildings on weekends was driven by concerns over the public health and safety of voters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We expect a large voter turnout for the November 3rd election. As such, the safety of our citizens and personnel working the polls remains paramount,” said Commissioner Joe Knight, Chairman of the Judicial Committee.
Commission President Jimmie Stephens agreed by stating, “The right to safely vote, especially during this pandemic will not be denied to any citizen in Jefferson County. We will adhere to the law to ensure that the integrity, security and confidence of the election process is accessible for those who choose to vote in-person absentee.”
The Jefferson County Courthouses in downtown Birmingham and Bessemer will be open this Saturday, Oct. 17 and next Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for in-person absentee voting.
The last day to register to vote in Jefferson County is Monday, Oct. 19. To register to vote online, go to: alabamavotes.gov.