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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Another election cycle is quickly coming to a close with the general election being held Tuesday.
Polls across the state will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow registered voters ample time and opportunity to cast their ballots. Following the closing of the polls, locally voters and interested residents will have the opportunity to visit the Coosa County Courthouse in Rockford to watch election results come in, both with county and state results.
Judge of Probate Richard Dean previously announced that once again the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse will be available for all candidates, family members, friends, and the public to watch the Coosa County and Alabama election returns.
Large screen televisions will be utilized in the courtroom for the occasion, with one screen displaying local offices and candidate returns as results arrive at the courthouse, and the other will show network news for statewide offices.
Regarding absentee ballots, Monday is the last day that an absentee ballot returned by hand can be received by the absentee election manager. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by the absentee election manager no later than 12 p.m. on Tuesday.
There are numerous races on the ballot for Tuesday, including state and county offices, and three parties available for straight party voting and individual candidate representation – Democratic Party, Republican Party and Libertarian Party. Additionally, the ballot will include 10 proposed statewide amendments, as well as the proposed Constitution of Alabama of 2022 to reorganize the existing Alabama Constitution.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote straight-party ballots if they wish. Additionally, if a voter marks to vote a straight party ticket, but chooses to vote for someone outside of that party for a certain office, they may do so as that individual vote will override the straight-party vote for that particular office.
At the local level, ballots will include the following offices and candidates: Republican Joe Ficquette for district attorney of the 40th Judicial Circuit, Republican Carlton L. Teel for district court judge, Republican John Forbus and Independent Jerry Sewell for County Commission District 1, Democrat Bertha Kelly-McElrath for County Commission District 2, Democrat Brandon Davis and Republican Ken Whitehead for County Commission District 3, Republican Ronnie Joiner for County Commission District 4, Republican Lamar Daugherty for County Commission District 5, Republican Michael Howell and Independent Joshua Jones for sheriff, Republican Jack Brewer for county coroner, Democrat Tiffany McCain for Board of Education District 2, and Republican Jenny Kimbrell for Board of Education District 5.
Other offices on Tuesday’s ballot in Coosa County will include governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative for the 3rd Congressional District, attorney general, state senator for District 30, state representative for District 33, associate justice of the Supreme Court for Place 5, associate justice of the Supreme Court for Place 6, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, commissioner of agriculture and industries, Public Service Commission Place 1, and Public Service Commission Place 2.
Following Tuesday’s election and the unofficial results based on those returns, the Coosa County Canvassing Board will meet at 12 p.m. the following Tuesday, November 15, to tabulate any provisional ballots certified by the Board of Registrars, print the official results and certify the results of the election. Once that is completed on November 15, the county’s results will be official.
For more information regarding Tuesday’s election, voter registration and more, contact the Coosa County Board of Registrars at 256-377-2418. For general election information, sample ballots, information on the amendments, individual voting information, district maps, and more, visit www.alabamavotes.gov.
See next week’s edition for the unofficial election results and a look at how Coosa County voted.