Primary Election to be held on March 5

The Alabama Primary Election is quickly approaching.
Secretary of State Wes Allen wants to remind Alabama voters that county absentee election managers must receive in person absentee ballot applications by Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Absentee ballots being returned in-person must be received by the county absentee election manager by close of business on the day before the election – March 4, 2024. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received no later than noon on Election Day – March 5, 2024.

Voters are required to present a valid form of photo identification before voting at their polling place or by absentee ballot.

Since 2017, Alabama’s Crossover Voting Law has been in effect and it prohibits crossover voting within a particular election cycle. For example, if a voter cast a ballot in the Republican primary election, then they are prohibited from casting a ballot in the Democratic primary runoff election. That voter must cast a ballot in the Republican runoff and vice versa.

However, voters who do not participate in the Primary Election or those who only vote on constitutional amendments are free to vote in either party’s Primary Runoff Election.

Those voting in the Democratic Primary will have a choice of candidates for the Democratic party for President of the United States. Those candidates include President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Dean Phillips and an uncommitted candidate.

Democratic voters will also choose no more than five delegates for Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Those choices are Randall Lee Hadley, Laura Hall, April Hodges, Kim Caudle Lewis, Bernard Simelton and uncommited delegate William Lewis Krause.

Those voting in the Republican Primary will have a choice of candidates for the Republic party for President of the United States. Those candidates include Ryan L. Binkley, Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, David Stuckenburg, Donald J. Trump and an uncommitted candidate.

For Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Republicans will chose between Sarah Stewart and Bryan Taylor.

For Court of Civil Appeals, Place 2, Republicans will chose between Chad Hanson and Stephen Davis Parker.

For Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 Republicans will chose between Rich Anderson and Thomas Govan.

Republicans will also have a choice for Public Service Commission between Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Robert L. McCollum.

Republicans in Jackson County will also vote for Jackson County Commission, District 3. Candidates in that race include incumbent Commissioner A.J. Buckner and newcomer Hugh “Junior” Lewis, Jr.

Voters for both parties will see one proposed Statewide Amendment.

The Bill, sponsored by Senator Chambliss proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 2022, to amend Section 71.01. Currently, this section prohibits bills or laws from being considered by the House of Representatives or the Senate before the budgets are approved by the Legislature and sent to the Governor, unless an additional vote is approved by the House and Senate of at least a three-fifths vote.

The amendment will change Section 71.01 to provide exceptions for the passage of local laws or local constitutional amendments.

By voting “Yes”, you will be voting for the change. By voting “No”, you will be voting against the change, voting for the Section to remain the same.

If necessary, a Primary Runoff Election will be held on April 16, 2024. Voter registration will be open for the runoff until April 1 and absentee ballot applications will be open until April 11.
The General Election will be held on November 5, 2024.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election day.

To view sample ballots, visit these links on the Secretary of State’s website:

Jackson County Democratic Primary Ballot:

Jackson County Republican Primary Ballot:

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