By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Republican voters across Alabama will go to the polls today, Tuesday, Sept. 26, to decide who will represent the Republican Party in the state’s general election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed to U.S. attorney general.
A primary election for the position of U.S. senator was called by Gov. Kay Ivey for Dec. 12, 2017. The major party primaries were on Aug. 15. Doug Jones won the Democratic primary outright. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., are the candidates in the Republican runoff today.
Strange was appointed to fill Sessions’ seat by former Gov. Robert Bentley. He previously was Alabama’s attorney general. Moore was a twice-elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
The polls open at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. Voters must bring a valid photo ID with them when they go to the polls. The most common form of photo ID is a driver’s license. Make sure that your driver’s license is not expired. Forms of photo ID accepted at the polls include a valid: driver’s license; Alabama photo voter ID card; state-issued ID – any state; federal issued ID; U.S. passport; employee ID from Federal Government, state of Alabama, County, Municipality Board or other entity of this state; student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in Alabama – including postgraduate technical or professional schools; Military ID or Tribal ID.
Voters must vote at their assigned polling place.
Democratic voters who participated in the Aug. 15 primary election can not vote in the Republican Party runoff today. The legislature passed a law preventing crossover voting during the last legislative session.
The winner will face former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones on Dec. 12 in the special general election.
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