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Two ballots required at some polling places on December 12th

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There will be special primary elections for two legislative seats on Tuesday, December 12th as well as the U.S. Senate Special Election and it could cause massive confusion at the polls. If you vote in House District 4 in Morgan and Limestone counties or Senate District 26 in Montgomery you will have to request a second ballot to vote in the legislative race. The elections to replace former Rep. Micky Hammon (R-Decatur) and former Sen. Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery) will not be on the same ballot as the U.S. Senate election.

If you are going to vote in the U.S. Senate General Election and the District 26 Democratic Primary Election or the House District 4 Republican Primary Election there are several things you need to know:

  • The district lines are different – Since the last election for this district a Federal court struck down the district lines making them legally ineffective. The court ordered the Alabama Legislature to redraw the boundaries. The legislature redrew the boundaries which have been court-approved. This is the first election under the new district lines and you may have been moved in or out of the district.

  • There will be two different ballots – The election for the US Senate General election is a separate election from that of the Senate District 26 race or the House District 4 race. One is a primary election and the other is a general election. Alabama law treats these two types of elections differently.  For that reason the Alabama Secretary of State’s office has directed two different ballots be printed. Each ballot will have only one question.

  • There may be two different polling places – In addition to having two different ballots, the precincts that also have the District 26 ballots may have two different polling places. Darrell Parker of the Montgomery County Probate Office – Elections Division said the two different elections may be in separate parts of the building (possibly separate rooms or separate floors) from that of the US Senate Election.