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Municipal Election Information
7/8/2008  Vote October 7, 2008



Run-off Electionwill be held on October 7, 2008.  All Residents will vote at the Pelham Civic Complex.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Voter Registration -
Residents wishing to register to vote can link to the Alabama Secretary of State website to download a voter registration form.  The form must be signed and mailed to the Shelby County Board of Registrars, P. O. Box 1642, Columbiana, AL 35051.  The form is also available along with complete instructions on voter registration and election information on the Shelby County Board of Registrars website, click on the Election 2008 button or call 669-3913.  If you have had a change of address or name change since the last election, you will need to update your voter registration information.  The last day to register to vote for the municipal run-off election is September 26, 2008.


Voter Residency Requirement You must reside within the city limits of Pelham thirty (30) days prior to an election in order to vote.


Absentee Voting Voters must re-apply for an Absentee Ballot for the run-off election. Absentee Ballots for the municipal election will be available from the City Clerk’s office.  An Absentee Ballot Application may be obtained at Pelham City Hall.  A recent Alabama Attorney General's Opinion states that members of the military wishing to vote an absentee ballot in a municipal election must complete an Application For Absentee Ballot with the city clerk of the municipality. 




            Applications for absentee ballots must be filed in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/City Clerk not less than five (5) days prior to the Election.  The deadline to apply is October 2, 2008 by 5:00 p.m If you qualify, due to a medical or business emergency, you may apply for an emergency absentee ballot on October 6 by 5:00 p.m.  The business emergency application contains an affidavit which the applicant shall sign or swear acknowledging that he or she was not aware of the out of county business requirement prior to five days before the election.

            Any qualified elector of this City may vote an Absentee ballot, provided they meet the requirements (17-10-1 et seq., Code of Alabama), as contained in the application, which is available in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/City Clerk, located at Pelham City Hall, 3162 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, AL 35124.  Applications are also available for download on the Secretary of State’s website www.sos.alabama.gov.

            After completing and signing the application, the voter may hand the application to the Absentee Election Manager/City Clerk or forward it by U.S. Mail.  NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO BRING IN AN APPLICATION FOR ANOTHER PERSON (not even a family member- AG Opinion 90-387), the only exception being a Designee for a Medical Emergency.  By law, the Absentee Election Manager/City Clerk can only accept one application per envelope (AG Opinion 82-551) that is received by U.S. Mail.  The application must provide the Alabama residence address where the voter is registered to vote, even if the ballot is to be mailed to another address where the applicant/voter regularly receives mail.

            The Absentee Election Manager/City Clerk may hand the ballot to the applicant/voter, or forward it by U.S. Mail to the applicant’s/voter’s residence address or upon written request to the address where the applicant/voter regularly receives mail.  NO ONE CAN RECEIVE OR RETURN A BALLOT FOR ANY OTHER PERSON (not even a family member), exception being a Designee for Medical Emergency.  INSTRUCTIONS WILL ACCOMPANY EACH BALLOT AND MUST BE FOLLOWED CAREFULLY TO INSURE THAT YOUR BALLOT IS COUNTED.

            A copy of identification must accompany the ballot (Section 17-10A-1, Code of Alabama).  The law provides for Provisional Ballot when:

1.                  Identification is not properly provided.

2.                  The voter is not identified as appearing in the precinct for which the voter seeks a ballot.

3.                  An absentee precinct inspector or clerk has knowledge that the individual is not entitled to vote at the precinct applicable to the voter’s ballot and challenges the voter’s right to vote a particular ballot.  The law provides ways for voters to correct deficiencies so that provisional ballots can be counted.  Section 17-10A-2, Code of Alabama.

Ballots must be returned by the voter in person to the Absentee Election Manager/City Clerk’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2008, or, if mailed must be postmarked no later than one day prior to the election and received in the mail no later than noon October 7, 2008.  Business emergency ballots must be voted in the office in person and handed to the Absentee Election Manager/City Clerk.  Medical emergency ballots must be returned no later than noon on Election Day. (AG Opinion 03-036)

Any person desiring to vote Absentee may come to the City Clerk’s office, at Pelham City Hall, 3162 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, AL 35051.  The mailing address is P.O. Box 1419, Pelham, AL 35124.

If you need further information about voting Absentee, you may call City Clerk/Absentee Election Manager Donna Treslar at 205.620.6402.

Donna H. Treslar
Absentee Election Manager
P. O. Box 1419
Pelham, AL 35124


City Council members are elected at large.  At large means the candidates do not run in districts.  The five council positions are numbered Place 1-5. When a candidate qualifies to run, they will declare a place number.  If a candidate decides to withdraw from one place and run for another place after qualifying, they must complete the appropriate paperwork and pay an additional qualifying fee.


Fair Campaign Practices Act Candidates must comply with requirements set forth in the Fair Campaign Practices Act.  A FCPA“Candidate Filing Guide” published by the Elections Division of the Office of the Secretary of State can be obtained by visiting the city clerk’s office or from the Election Division, Office of the Secretary of State, P. O. Box 5616, Montgomery, AL 36103-5616.  This guide can also be downloaded from the FCPA link listed above.  You will find it by selecting "Candidate Resources" listed on the left menu then selecting the "Download FCPA Publications".


Ethics Law The Alabama Ethics Law requires candidates to file a Statement of Economic Interests form with the Municipal Clerk.  This statement must be filed along with the qualifying form.  Qualifying packets will contain appropriate paperwork. Visit the Alabama Ethics Commission website for detailed information about the Ethics Law.


Qualifying Fee - $50.00


Salary -   Elected officials are paid the following salaries annually as set forth by Ordinance No. 267-2:  Mayor - $75,000; Council President – $10,080.00; Council Members $8,820.00. 


Term of Office Four (4) years


Current Administration - 2004 Elections

Place 1             Rosemary Metcalf

Place 2             Mike Dickens

Place 3             Willard Payne

Place 4             Robert Sullivan

Place 5             Karyl Rice



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