Alabama Secretary of State John Merill is reminding people that crossover voting will not be allowed in Tuesday primary runoffs.

"If you voted in the primary, that's how you will vote in the runoff," Merill said. 

Lauderdale County Probate Judge Will Motlow said with only Republicans on the local primary runoff ballots, there will not be any Democratic ballots available.

"So, if you voted Democrat in the primary, you can't vote in the runoff," he said.

Merill said with a limited ballot, he is afraid the voter turnout for Tuesday's election will be low.

"But there are six statewide races, which I believe will help," Merill said.

He said with runoffs in two of the top three races in the state, he's hopeful people will get out and vote.

Merill pointed out that there is still a decision to be made on the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. 

There are also runoffs for supreme court, court of criminal appeals and court of civil appeals.

"Hopefully, these races, plus the local races will bring people out to the polls," Merill said.

Besides the state races, the only local race in the Shoals area is the race involving incumbent state senator, Larry Stutts, of Tuscumbia. Stutts faces political newcomer Steve Lolley, of Guin, in the runoff.

The legislative district includes all of Colbert and Franklin counties, and portions of Lauderdale, Lawrence and Marion counties.

"This is an important race and hopefully people will get out and vote," Motlow said.

Absentee voting for the upcoming runoff election ended Thursday.

And if the number of absentee votes cases is any indication as to the potential turnout Tuesday, it will be low.

Colbert County had only 53 absentee ballots. There were 26 in Franklin and 80 in Lauderdale.

“I really thought we would have more than this,” said Franklin County Circuit Clerk Anita Scott. “I hope this is not a sign of things to come for Tuesday's election. I hope people come out Tuesday and vote.” or 256-740-5757. Twitter @TD_TomSmith.


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