U.S. Senate, District 2 commission races affected; timing for absentee voting changed

Primary runoff election postponed

The primary runoff election between former Sen. Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, both Republicans, for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Doug Jones has been postponed until July 14. The election originally scheduled for March 31 was postponed and rescheduled by Gov. Kay Ivey last week.

Also included in the July 14 election will be the runoff between Chad Trammell and Terry Franklin for Blount County District 2 Commmissioner. None of the four candidates in the March 3 primary received more than 50 percent of the vote, with Trammell receiving 37.6 percent and Franklin 26.9 percent. Absentee voting changes

Procedures for requesting absentee ballots for the July 14 election have been extended and simplified.

You may request an absentee ballot at any time between now and July 9. That is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot. The last day to return the completed ballot is July 13. It may be returned only by mail. That means it must be postmarked no later than July 13 to be counted.

Previous arrangements for picking up an absentee ballot and returning the completed ballot in person at the courthouse are no longer in effect. You may receive an absentee ballot in one of two ways.

(1) Go online to the Alabama Secretary of State website and click on “Absentee Voting.” (It may not be easy to find, but it’s there.) You can print out an absentee ballot by clicking on “Absentee Ballot Application.” Follow the directions to complete the ballot and mail it back to Absentee Election Manager, Emergency Management Agency, 220 2nd Ave. N., Oneonta, AL 35121. It must be accompanied by a copy of your photo ID; e.g. your driver license, a non-driver ID, passport, military ID, or voter registration card. The above deadlines apply: last day to request a ballot – July 9; last day to mail your completed ballot (with your photo ID) – July 13. No restrictions on how soon you may vote and return your ballot.

(2) Or call 205-625-4121 and request that a ballot be mailed to you. When you get it, fill it out and return it to the same address as above, including your photo ID. Same deadlines. No restrictions on early voting.

The general election race in November between the Republican Sessions/Tuberville winner vs. Democrat Jones is one of the few that has implications for which party controls the U.S. Senate next year and beyond.