Alabama Primaries 2020: Polling places, candidates, sample ballots

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What to know before heading to the polls on Super Tuesday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabamians will head to the polls on Super Tuesday to vote in the much-anticipated primaries, including the Democratic primary for president and the Republican primary for the state’s U.S. Senate seat.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Alabama voters can find their polling places here.

Voters will need to present a valid form of photo identification at the polls. Any of the following will work:

  • Valid Alabama Driver’s License (not expired or has been expired less than 60 days)
    • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Driver’s License
  • Valid Alabama Nondriver ID (not expired or has been expired less than 60 days)
    • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Digital Nondriver ID
  • Valid Alabama Photo Voter ID Card
    • Valid State-Issued ID (Alabama or any other state)
      • Examples
        • Valid AL Department of Corrections Release – Temporary ID (Photo Required)            
        • Valid AL Movement/Booking Sheet from Prison/Jail System (Photo Required)
        • Valid Pistol Permit (Photo Required)
  • Valid Federal-Issued ID
  • Valid US passport
  • Valid Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or other entity of this state
  • Valid student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Valid student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Tribal ID

According to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a voter who does not present any of the above photo IDs will be allowed to vote via provisional ballot. These voters will have until 5 p.m. the Friday following the election to submit a valid photo ID and have their vote counted. Anyone who does not have one of these may receive a free Alabama photo voter ID from various locations.

Here are a couple of sample ballots for Jefferson County:SAMPLE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY BALLOTSAMPLE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT

Voters who do not present a valid photo ID but can be positively identified by two election officials will be permitted to vote if the officials attest to their identity in a signed affidavit.

Anyone who suspects election fraud or campaign finance violations is urged to visit StopVoterFraudNow.com. Anyone who witnesses an emergency situation requiring immediate attention may call the Secretary of State’s office at (334) 242-7200, the Elections Division at (334) 242-7210, or reach Sec. Merrill directly at (334) 328-2787.


Below are the primary races on the Republican and Democratic ballots:

Alabama Senate Republican Primary candidates:

  • Stanley Adair: Northwest Alabama businessman who created Adair Furniture, Inc.
  • Bradley Byrne: U.S. House District 1 Representative (2014 – present) from Mobile who was the former chancellor of the Alabama Community College System (2007 -2009) until his run for the 2010 Republican nomination for governor, which he lost to Robert Bentley
  • Arnold Mooney: Alabama House Representative for the 43rd District (2014 – present); Montgomery native
  • Roy Moore: Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice (2013 -2017) from Gadsden who lost a 2017 Senate bid to Doug Jones
  • Ruth Page Nelson: Community activist from Dothan; the sole female running for the Alabama Senate seat
  • Jeff Sessions: Former Alabama Attorney General (1995 – 1997), former U.S. Senator (1996 – 2017) until his appointment to U.S. Attorney General under President Trump (2017 – 2019)
  • Tommy Tuberville: Former head football coach at Auburn University (1999 -2008)

Democratic Presidential primary candidates

  • Joe Biden: Former Senator (1973 – 2009), vice president to President Obama (2009 – 2017)
  • Michael Bloomberg: Former mayor of New York City (2002 – 2013)
  • Tulsi Gabbard: U.S. House Representative from Hawaii (2013 – present)
  • Bernie Sanders: U.S. Senator from Vermont (2007 – present)
  • Elizabeth Warren: U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (2013 – present)

Alabama Supreme Court Republican Primary, Place 1 candidates

  • Greg Shaw (incumbent): Alabama Supreme Court Justice (2008 – present) who worked as an attorney prior to serving on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals (2001 – 2007) and the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (2007 – 2008)
  • Cam Ward: Alabama state senator (2010 – present) who previously served as an Alabama House representative (2002 – 2010)

Alabamians will also vote on candidates for other offices including the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Alabama Public Service Commission President, district court, circuit court, and Jefferson County treasurer.

Amendment 1

Among ballot items will be an amendment that would change the way the State Board of Education members are chosen. Constitutional Amendment 1, sponsored by Republican Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, renames the State Board of Education to the “Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education.” Instead of being elected by the public, the governor would appoint commission members, pending Senate approval.

If the amendment passes, the State Superintendent of Education’s title would be changed to “Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education.” This position would be appointed in the same way as the commission members.

Amendment 1 also requires the commission to replace “Common Core” with new educational standards. The amendment would authorize the governor to appoint a team of local educators and other officials to advisory positions related to the State Department of Education.

There is no cost for Amendment 1.

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