With slim ballots, runoff election nears

Published 5:14 pm Saturday, July 12, 2014

Three statewide races and an Alabama constitutional amendment will appear on ballots in the July 15 Dallas County runoff elections.

Only the Republican ballot will include candidate races. The Democrat runoff ballot will only include a constitutional amendment. Though, the amendment also appears on the Republican ballot.

In the Republican Secretary of State runoff, former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney will face State Rep. John Merrill, R-Tuscaloosa. The Republican State Auditor’s race pits retired Birmingham police officer and farmer Dale Peterson against Mobile attorney Jim Zeigler.

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The final race on Republican runoff ballots is Public Service Commission, Place No. 2. The Public Service Commission race puts catfish and cattle farmer Chris Beeker Jr. against incumbent Terry Dunn.

The constitutional amendment, if passed, would be an extension of an existing measure relating to the cotton industry. It would extend the cotton check-off program, which uses cotton producer dollars for marketing and research.

Probate Judge Kim Ballard said polls on July 15 would function normally, opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. Any voter in line at 7 p.m. should be allowed to vote.

All Dallas County precincts in operation for the statewide primary will also be open for the runoff election.  With no major races or local positions on the runoff ballot, Ballard is predicting a low turnout.

“It’ll be exactly like the June 3 primary as far as our preparation,” he said. “I’m predicting it will be somewhere in the 5 percent turnout range. I don’t know of anyone who would vote a Democratic ballot for a cotton amendment.”

Voters registered as a Democrat can choose to vote in the runoff using the Republican ballot. Voters will also be required to present an approved form of photo identification at the polls.