Polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

Luther Strange was appointed to the seat by former Gov. Robert Bentley, but lost in the Republican primary runoff to Roy Moore.

Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones for the seat in the special election. Two local candidates, Auburn residents Mac Watson and Jeff Coggin, are running write-in campaigns, as is conservative Lee Busby. 

While a new law prohibited cross-over votes in primary runoffs, every registered voter can cast a vote for the candidate of their choice on Tuesday. 

The deadline to submit an application to vote by absentee ballot is today. Applications can be printed from the Alabama Secretary of State's website at or picked up from the Absentee Office at 205 S. 10th St. in Opelika. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 334-737-3490. Monday is the final day a voter can return the absentee ballot in person.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Monday and must be received in the Absentee Ballot office by noon on Tuesday. The office's mail address is P.O. Box 1616, Opelika, Alabama 36803.

"The postal service has been actively involved in this election ... and is working with my office to ensure that ballots mailed and postmarked in time will be delivered before the mail deadline," said Circuit Clerk and Absentee Election Manager Mary Roberson in an email to The Villager.

So far, more than 780 absentee ballots have been issued, said Roberson, a number she described as "historic" for a special election.

She added that the postmaster in Opelika said that ballots need to be put in the mail no later, and preferably before, Saturday, to make it to the absentee office by the deadline.

A completed application and the completed ballot must be returned by the voter in person or sent by U.S. mail. 

"No one, not even a family member, can return another person's application or ballot," said a press release from Roberson's office. "Multiple applications or ballots cannot be mailed in the same envelope."

"The Affidavit Envelope (the envelope that contains the returned ballot) must be fully completed and the voter’s signature (or mark) must be witnessed by two people 18 years of age or older OR notarized by a notary public prior to delivery of the ballot back to the Absentee Office. If the affidavit is not signed and properly witnessed/notarized prior to its return to the Absentee Office, the ballot will not be counted."

Voters can use any of the following photo IDs at the polls on Tuesday:

Valid Driver's License

Valid Non-driver ID

Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID

Valid State Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)

Valid Federal Issued ID

Valid US Passport

Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of this state

Valid student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)

Valid Military ID

Valid Tribal ID

Voters who do not present valid photo identification will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. 

To look up your voting ward and voting location in Auburn, visit Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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