Polls

The election season kicks into high gear on Tuesday when polls open for the Democratic and Republican Primary in Alabama, one of 14 states that will be holding primaries on Super Tuesday. 

Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters must choose between ballots for either the Democratic or Republican primary.

The Republican Primary ballot will feature two candidates for the U.S. presidency — incumbent President Donald Trump and Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts.

The Democratic Primary ballot is stacked with options, although six of the candidates listed have dropped out of the race. The only Democratic candidates still in the running on the ballot include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer. 

The ballot will also feature seven Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate, including former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Bradley Byrne, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and Roy Moore, who lost his previous run for the Senate seat to incumbent Sen. Doug Jones.

Jones won a seat in the U.S. Senate in a special election in 2017 after Sessions accepted the attorney general position and resigned his seat. Jones faces no challengers in the Democratic primary. 

The Republican primary ballot features a number or races that do not appear on the Democratic ballot, including multiple races for appeals judges and a race between Greg Shaw and Cam Ward for associate justice on the state Supreme Court. 

A seat on the Lee County Commission is also on the Republican primary ballot between F.D. "Butch" Brock and Doug Cannon. 

Nominations for the president of the state Public Service Commission appear on both parties' ballots. Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, the current president, will face Robin Litaker on the Republican ticket, while Laura Casey will square off against Robert L. Mardis III on the Democratic side. 

A number of races for potential presidential delegates will also be on both ballots. 

Perhaps the most consequential item on both ballots is a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution. Amendment Number One would change how State Board of Education members are selected. Currently, members are elected by the public. If the amendment passes, the governor would appoint board members, which would then need approval from the state Senate. 

The full text of the amendment can be found in the legals section on Page B3. 

To find out your voting location, go to alabamavotes.gov or call the Lee County Board of Registrars at 334-737-3635. 

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