Voter turnout light all over the state, region
Voter turnout is very light over the Selma and Dallas County area and in the state, according to poll watcher.
A check of polls across Dallas County showed very light voting on all sides of the county.
“I’ll be surprised if we get 20 percent,” said Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard, who has traveled to every polling place in the county today.
The Associated Press made a spot check of probate judges earlier today and found most reporting light turnout, which is generally expected in primary runoffs.
The biggest race on the ballot statewide is the Republican runoff for governor between Bradley Byrne and Robert Bentley, which is expected to make the GOP larger than the Democratic votes.
However, locally, the big race is the 7th Congressional District seat, which will see Democrats choose between Terri Sewell of Selma and Shelia Smoot of Birmingham and the Republicans choose between Don Chamberlain of Selma and Chris Salter of Birmingham. The seat was vacated by Artur Davis when he opted to run as a Democrat for governor. Davis lost in the primary to Ron Sparks.
The other Democratic ballot race is for attorney general.
It’s unclear how much crossover voting is going on both in Dallas County and statewide in the GOP race for governor. Byrne had accused state teacher lobbyist Paul Hubbert of trying to defeat him by urging those who voted Democratic on June 1 to cross over and cast ballots for Bentley.