From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Jefferson County Courthouses in Birmingham and Bessemer will be open on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 24, to accommodate those in need of absentee ballots for this year’s General Election,
The Jefferson County Commission unanimously voted in favor of the weekend openings in order to meet a high-demand for absentee voting this year.
Commissioner Joe Knight said the extra days are in reaction to the public’s concern over health and safety amid the coronavirus 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 Knight, who serves as the 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.”
Saturday operations at the County Courthouses will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for 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.
For more information, contact Jefferson County Public Information Officer Helen Hays at 205-332-4163.