With both major party primaries on Tuesday, Alabama citizens have the opportunity to cast their vote for the candidate they believe will best represent them in a number of issues that directly impact day-to-day life in this state.
On Tuesday, voters will select either a Republican or Democratic ballot. Each ballot will reflect races that impact the entire state, local county, local school board, state senate and state house, along with a state constitutional amendment asking voters to approve a bond issue for state parks.
Sample ballots for both major political parties for every county are available on the Secretary of State’s website.
Democratic Statewide Races
On the Democratic ballot, there are two statewide races reflected: Governor and U.S. Senator.
The candidates for governor on the Democratic ballot are:
Malika Sanders Fortier
Doug "New Blue" Smith
The Democratic candidates for U.S. Senator are:
There are a number of other races on the Democratic ballot, but these vary statewide.
Congressional races include:
Vimal Patel and Phyllis Harvey-Hall are battling for the congressional seat in the Second Congressional District.
Rhonda Gore and Rick Neighbors are both in the race for the Fourth Congressional District.
Charlie Thompson and Kathy Warner-Stanton are running for the Fifth Congressional District seat.
Democratic Races for State Senate and State House
There are a number of battles for State Senate seats in the Democratic primary:
In Senate District (SD) 19, State Rep. Louise "LuLu" Alexander and State Rep. Merika Coleman are running for the open State Senate seat.
In SD20 incumbent Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison is facing a challenge from Rodney Huntley.
In SD23 former Selma Mayor and former State Rep. Darrio Melton, former State Sen. Hank Sanders, Thayer "Bear" Spencer, and Robert L. Stewart are all running for the open seat. Sanders held the seat for decades until he retired in 2018.
In SD28 incumbent Sen. Billy Beasley is being challenged by Frank "Chris" Lee.
There are also a number of Democratic primary contests for State House seats.
In Alabama House of Representatives District (HD) 3 Susan Warren Bentley and Wesley Thompson are both running in the Democratic primary.
In HD47 Christian Coleman and Jim Toomey are running.
In HD52 LaTanya Millhouse is challenging incumbent John W. Rogers Jr.
In HD54 Brit Blalock and Edward Maddox are challenging incumbent Neil Rafferty.
In HD55 Travis Hendrix, Phyllis E. Oden-Jones, Fred "Coach" Plump, and Antwon Bernard Womack are running.
In HD56 Tereshia Huffman, Cleo King, Jesse Matthews, and Ontario J. Tillman are all running in the Democratic primary.
In HD57 Kevin "K.D." Dunn, Patrick Sellers, and Charles Ray Winston III are all competing for the open seat.
In HD60 incumbent Juandalynn Givan is being challenged by Nina Taylor
In HD67 incumbent Prince Chestnut is being challenged by Larine Irby Pettway
In HD72 incumbent Ralph A. Howard faces a challenge from Curtis L. Travis
In HD74 Malcolm Calhoun and Phillip Ensler are both running in the primary.
In HD 82 Terrence Kareem Johnson is challenging incumbent Pebblin Walker Warren.
In HD99 incumbent Sam Jones faces a challenge from Levi Wright, Jr.
Other Democratic Ballot Selections
In a number of counties, there are local races for county commission, sheriff, probate judge, revenue commissioner, etc. that may be on your Democratic party ballot.
Finally, there are numerous State Democratic Executive Committee spots on the ballot to choose from.
Both Democratic and Republican ballots have the constitutional amendment dealing with the state parks.
The winners of the Democratic primary will then appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The exception to that is the State Democratic Executive Committee seats. Those are chosen by the Democratic primary voters not the general election voters.
Polls will open at 7:00 am on Tuesday and close that evening at 7:00 p.m. Turnout is expected to be light. Remember that to vote in any Alabama election you must already be registered and must bring a valid photo ID with you to the polls. If you do not have a photo ID, you can obtain a free voter ID from your county board of registrars or by calling the office of the Alabama Secretary of State.
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