Statewide, County Elections in Alabama Tuesday

From seats in Congress to the race for governor, there are some big elections on Alabama's ballot Tuesday. This is expected to lead to a high turnout.

"If I vote, I have the right to make an opinion about what goes on," said Deborah Wallace of Panola. "But if you don't get out and vote then you have no right to say anything."

Aside from carrying out a civic duty, some residents say there are particular issues, such as the recent shutdown of Greenetrack in Greene County by the governor's gambling task force that is pushing them to the poll.

"I'm a volunteer firefighter and all of our money was coming from Greenetrack," said Jessie Green of Forkland. "And now we're cut short, so we should get out there and try to get it back in there."

In Sumter County, one of the big draws is expected to be the sheriff's race. Democratic nominee for sheriff, Tyrone Clark, is the only candidate on the ballot. However, Chief Deputy Thomas Lewis is now campaigning for the office as a write-in candidate. Some residents are confused about this change.

"If you're not able to spell the name correctly, I understand that the vote will be thrown out," said Daisy Carter of Coatopa.

Although some residents may think this is true, elections officials say it's not.

"You can write a person's name in, and what's going to happen in a particular race, those votes are going to be rejected by the machine, but it will counted manually," said Circuit Clerk Edmond Bell.

You may vote a straight ticket, which will be voting for all Republicans or all Democrats, but then that individual which you write in, that vote will be counted manually," Bell said.

Tuesday's election will not be the first time Democratic nominee Tyrone Clark and write-in candidate Thomas Lewis have met on the ballot. In June, Clark defeated Lewis by 102 votes in the Democratic Primary.


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