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It’s Election Day!


The general election is today. If you want to have any say in Alabama’s government going forward, your time is now.

Polls will open across the state this morning at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey is seeking another four years as Alabama Governor. Ivey says that she has “steadied the ship” and points to Alabama’s record high employment numbers and recent economic growth as reasons for her election.

The Democratic nominee is Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox who is running as a pro-life pro-gun Democrat. Maddox is promising to expand Medicaid and push the legislature to pass a constitutional amendment allowing a lottery and a raise in fuel taxes to pay for road and bridge construction.

Most of the other statewide offices are also on the ballot.

State Representative Will Ainsworth (R) is running against Dr. Will Boyd (D) for Lieutenant Governor.

Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) faces Joseph Siegelman (D) for Attorney General.

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Secretary of State John Merrill (R) is being challenged by Heather Milam (D).

Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) faces challenger Miranda Karrine Joseph (D).

Associate Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (R) faces Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance Jr. (D) for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Justice.

Jay Mitchell (R) faces Donna Wesson Smalley (D) for Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Incumbent Jeremy Oden (R) faces Cara McClure (D) for Public Service Commissioner.

Incumbent Chris “Chip” Beeker (R) faces Kari Powell (D) for Public Service Commissioner.

There are a number of statewide races where no Democrat qualified thus the Republican nominee will appear on the ballot with no opponents.

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All seven congressional seats are on the ballot; but only the six Republican incumbents have opponents.

Terri Sewell, D-Selma, has no opponent in Congressional District Seven.

In Congressional District One incumbent Bradley Byrne (R) faces Robert Kennedy Jr. (D).

In Congressional District Two incumbent Martha Roby (R) faces Tabitha Isner (D).

In Congressional District Three incumbent Mike Rogers (R) faces Mallory Hagan (D).

In Congressional District Four incumbent Robert Aderholt (R) is being challenged by Lee Auman (D).

In Congressional District Five incumbent Mo Brooks (R) faces challenger Peter Joffrion (D).

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In the Sixth Congressional District incumbent Gary Palmer (R) is being challenged by Danner Kline (D).

All the seats in the Alabama legislature are on the ballots. Republicans currently have super majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature. They are facing stiff challenges in several districts.

There are also state school board races on the ballot today.

There are also numerous local offices including: Sheriff, District Attorney, county commissioner, coroner, probate judge, revenue commissioner, circuit judge, district judge, school board, school superintendent, etc. on the ballot.

The deadline to make application for an absentee ballot has passed. That was Thursday, November 1, 2018.

All outstanding Absentee ballots must be postmarked or hand delivered by today, November 5, 2018, to the Absentee Election Manager’s office in each county.

Remember that in order to participate in any Alabama election you must be a registered voter. The deadline to register for this election is already passed. That was Monday, October 23.

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You must also have a valid government issued photo ID in order to participate. If you do not have a photo ID you can obtain a free voter-ID from your Board of Registrars office or by contacting the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

In order to vote on the day of the election you must go to your assigned polling place. To learn which polling location go to the Secretary of State’s website.

There is no early voting in Alabama or electronic voting.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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