Polls are open in the special primary election for voters in Alabama Senate District 26, which includes parts of Montgomery County.
The polls opened at 7 a.m. and will be open until 7 p.m.
There is no Republican primary so Republicans can sit this one out.
In the Democratic primary, the candidates are Deborah Anthony, Linda Douglas Burkette, Kirk Hatcher, John Knight, Janet May, and TaShina Morris.
Sen. David Burkette vacated his office after agreeing to plead guilty to using campaign dollars for personal use. The plea agreement came following a lengthy investigation by the Alabama attorney general’s office.
Burkette’s wife, Linda Douglas Burkette, is a candidate for the office.
John Knight is a longtime state representative who gave up his spot to run for State Senate, losing to Burkette, then a Montgomery city councilman.
Hatcher and Morris are both members of the state House of Representatives.
If no Democrat gets 50 percent plus one, there will be a Democratic primary runoff election on Dec. 15.
The eventual winner of the Democratic nomination will face Republican William Greene in the March 2 special general election.
You have to be a registered voter in the district and vote at your assigned polling place to participate in today’s special Democratic primary. Remember to bring a valid photo ID with you to the polls.
Senate District 26 is a majority minority district.