Monday, July 14, 2014

Resources for July 15 Primary Runoff Elections

Alabamians will have another opportunity to head to polls tomorrow Tuesday, July 15. Light turnout is expected, but there are several state Senate and House primary contests that need to be decided. Locally, voters must choose between two GOP candidates running for the U.S. House Sixth District seat, which will be vacated by Rep. Spencer Bachus next year.

Alabama Votes website
Alabama Votes website
Voters have a variety of tools for researching candidates, as well as easy-to-use online tools to check registration status and polling places. Alabama Votes, which is a service of the office of Secretary of State provides a registration lookup form, as well as a polling place search. These tools are especially helpful for verifying your state House and Senate district. Also available at this site is detailed information on recently-enacted voter ID laws. (While most voters will show their driver's license at the poll, you may be interested to know that your UMID is a valid form of identification for Montevallo students and employees.)

Other Useful Sites for Voters:

Sponsored by the nonpartisan Lucy Burns Institute, Ballotpedia has detailed coverage of elections at all levels. The site has an impressive and detailed entry on the so-called Cotton Amendment, which is the only ballot initiative that will appear across the state on this Election Day.

Project Vote Smart is an excellent site for researching candidates and elected officials. The site includes candidates' voting records, biographical data, issue positions, campaign finance records, and more. Voters in our state may be interested in a page dedicated to tomorrow's legislative primary runoff elections.


Lastly, Vote411 is a vital resource for information on state election laws. A project of the League of Women Voters Education Fund, the site also contains an online voters' guide with a ballot building tool.

Be sure to head to the polls tomorrow and make your voice heard!

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