Voters preparing to cast ballots in AL primary runoff election

Voters preparing to case ballots in AL primary runoff election
Published: Jul. 16, 2018 at 8:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2018 at 9:27 PM EDT
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LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Alabama voters are preparing to decide who they want to represent their parties come this fall.

In less than 24 hours, polls will be open for the primary runoff election.

Election officials in Lee County are expecting a low voter turnout for tomorrow. Meantime, candidates say they want those who do show up to mark their name.

"We knew it was going to be an uphill battle.  It was going to be a fight and that's what we've done every single day," said  Todd Rauch, District 38 Republican candidate.

Debbie Wood and Rauch are up for the Republican nominee for House of Representatives District 38.

"I just want to thank everyone who has helped with my campaign. It's been overwhelming," Wood said last month.

Wood scored 47 percent of the vote in the primary while Rauch racked in 41 percent.

Mike Sparks and Randy Price are also on the Republican ballot for some in our area. In June's primary, Price pulled in 47 percent of the vote while Sparks scored 37percent of total votes.

Switching gears to the Democratic Party's runoff, State Representative District 83 proved to be a tight race.

4,637 votes were cast last month for District 83 and it comes down to Patsy Jones and Jeremy Gray.

"If you feel like something wasn't going on, or being done, in your county or your district, you have the voice. The people have the voice," said Gray during the Russell County NAACP Debate.

Just over 500 votes separated Gray and Jones last month.

"Making sure that your legislation is taken to Montgomery with all of the information that we've gathered from you, the people," said Jones during a July debate.

Another thing voters need to know about tomorrow is  Alabama's crossover voting law.  If you voted in the Republican party last month, you have to stick with Republicans for tomorrow's runoff and vice versa for Democrats.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday. If you are already in line when 7 p.m. arrives and the polls close, you can still vote. Just stay in line.

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