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One local race will be on Republican Party ballot
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Alabama’s primary runoff election will be held Tuesday, June 21, with polls once again being open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For the primary runoff election, the only offices appearing on the ballots will be offices that appeared on the May 24 primary election ballots for which no candidate received 50% or more of the ballots cast.
In Coosa County there will only be one office on the Democratic Party ballot and six on the Republican Party ballot. There is only one local race on the primary runoff ballot, and that is for Board of Education District 5.
In Coosa, the Democratic Party primary runoff ballot will have Yolanda Rochelle Flowers and Malika Sanders Fortier for Alabama governor.
The Republican Party primary runoff ballots in the county will include Katie Britt and Mo Brooks for U.S. Senate, Wes Allen and Jim Zeigler for secretary of state, Stan Cooke and Andrew Sorrell for state auditor, Jeremy H. Oden and Brent Woodall for Public Service Commission Place 1, Chip Beeker and Robert L. McCollum for Public Service Commission Place 2, and Joshua A. Culver and Jenny Kimbrell for Coosa County Board of Education District 5.
Tuesday’s election is deemed a party election, meaning that anyone who voted in the Democratic or Republican primary election on May 24 must vote a ballot of that same party for Tuesday’s runoff election. There cannot be any split-party or cross-over voting in the primary runoff elections.
Any eligible voter who did not participate in the May 24 primary election or who voted a constitutional amendment only ballot may participate in Tuesday’s primary runoff election, but will have to state a Democratic or Republican Party ballot preference.
Polling facility locations will be the same as they were for last month’s primary election. Absentee voting remains in the judge of probate’s office in the county courthouse.
The last day to hand-deliver an absentee ballot is today, June 17. For more information regarding absentee voting, call 256-377-4919, and select option one or two.
This was an update for absentee voting deadlines, as the official recognition of Juneteenth as a state holiday on Monday, June 20, mandates that the last day to return an absentee ballot by hand be changed to Friday, June 17.
Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by the absentee election manager no later than 12 p.m. on June 21.
In preparation for Tuesday’s primary runoff election, on Wednesday morning Judge of Probate Richard Dean held the testing of the election machines. Also, while not required, on Wednesday evening they held a school for inspectors and chief clerks to provide refresher training on packaging of election materials and the handling of ballots.
Those wishing to be present for election night returns will have the opportunity to do so at the courthouse Tuesday evening after polls close at 7. The upstairs courtroom will be set up for candidates and citizens to watch the county election night results for local officials who are on the primary runoff ballot.
Judge Dean reports that they will have national news on one television so individuals can see what is happening around the state with election results. Another television will be used to display a spreadsheet of Coosa County’s results, with the spreadsheet being updated as results are received from the county polling facilities.
Candidates, family members, friends, and citizens are all invited to observe the election night results in the main courtroom.
Following Tuesday night’s election returns, at noon on Tuesday, June 28, the Coosa County Canvassing Board will meet to count and certify any provisional ballots. Immediately following that counting and certification, the parties can certify the elections, making the county’s election results official on June 28.
The primary runoff election will be the final step in selecting the Democratic and Republican Party candidates for offices that will be on the general election ballot on November 8.
For questions or concerns about the election or elections in general, contact the secretary of state’s Elections Division at 334-242-7210, or the probate office at 256-377-4919, or visit www.alabamavotes.gov.