Voting polls open today

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 31, 2010

June 1 may mark the start of Hurricane season, but there’s another potentially whirlwind event set to take place in Alabama today — elections.

While there have been several predictions for the primary elections, voters will ultimately choose who takes the seats.

In Pike County, polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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While turnout is impossible to predict, Probate Judge Wes Allen said he hopes the scope of races on the ballot will bring voters out, even the day after a holiday weekend.

“Normally, when you’ve got a governor’s race, you’ve got a good turnout,” Allen said.

And with an open governor’s seat, Allen said he thinks that could make an even better recipe for high voter turnout. But, there are also some local races that could draw particular interest, including the Pike County District Attorney seat and the Place 2 Circuit Judge role.

The DA’s race will be determined by Tuesday’s votes, with only Assistant DA Tom Anderson and Coffee County attorney Gary Bradshaw on the Republican ticket.

The circuit judge contenders are Pike County attorney Clif Hastings and Coffee County attorney Shannon Clark on the Republican ticket. The winner of that race will face Democrat candidate Joel Lee Williams in November.

Other races of local impact will be those for the Second Congressional District seat and the Senate District 30.

The winner of the Republican nomination for Congress will face Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Montgomery. The nominee will be Martha Roby, Rick Barber, Stephanie Bell or Beau McKinney.

The Senate seat nominee will face long-time Democrat incumbent Sen. Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne, in November. Its contenders are Ray Boles, Ken Barnett and Bryan Taylor.

Other races on the election ballot are: lieutenant governor, U.S. Senator, attorney general, Supreme Court Place 2, Supreme Court Place 3, state treasurer, commissioner of agriculture and industries, public service commission places 1 and a state amendment.

Allen said voters will need to bring a proper form of identification to the polls Tuesday in order to vote. Those unsure of what ID is acceptable or where to vote can visit for more details.