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Primary runoff election: What citizens of Talladega Co. need to know heading into Tuesday’s election


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Citizens of Talladega Co. and the surrounding area will return to their respective polling places to cast their votes for party nominees in many local and state elections.

Polls will open at 7:00 Tuesday morning and close 12 hours later at 7:00 Tuesday night. Voters will now vote in races from the June 5 election that were too close to declare a winner.

For Talladega Co., there are no runoffs on the Democrat ticket. For republicans in Talladega Co., there are seven different races on the ballot.

Many of the high profile races on the Republican ticket were decided on June 5, including the governor’s race with incumbent Kay Ivey rolling over the competition. However, the Lt. Gov. position on a November ballot is up for the taking between Will Ainsworth and Twinkle Cavanaugh.

The race for Attorney general has also been high profile as Troy King will try to unseat the present Attorney General, Steve Marshall.

Republicans in Talladega Co. will also vote on Republicans to represent their part in the following statewide races; Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Court of Civil Appeals Judge (Place No. 1.), Court of Criminal Appeals Judge (Place No. 2.), and Commissioner of Agriculture.

The only local race up for grabs is for Talladega County Judge of Probate. The race is between Randy Jinks and Talladega County Commissioner Jackie Swinford. This race will be at the bottom of the ballot.

Click here to view and print the ballot. Marked sample ballots can be brought into a polling place and used for reference as you fill out the ballot issued by poll workers.

Historically runoffs have lower voter turnouts than the election preceding them, and the numbers were already low.

Over 75 percent of registered voters in Talladega County did not cast a ballot in June. In total, only 12,659 of the nearly 54,000 people registered made their opinion known in the primary election.

Of all surrounding counties, Talladega boasted the lowest voter turnout. In comparison, Coosa County saw a 36 percent turnout, Clay County sat at 44 percent, 25 percent of voters in Shelby County participated and 27 percent of Tallapoosa County voters cast a ballot.

One fact to remember heading into the runoff is crossover voting in primary elections is banned in the state of Alabama. This means, for example, those who voted on a Democratic Party ticket will not be allowed, under state law signed in August, 2017, to vote on a Republican Party ticket in the runoff. If you did not vote on June 5 you can still vote in Tuesday.

For the election you will need a valid state issued ID. This can be a valid driver’s license, federal ID, passport, military ID or tribal ID.

Winners of the primaries will move on to the general election on Nov. 6 to face an opponent from an opposing party (if contested).

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