GOP Senate runoff set for Tuesday

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/24/17

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will face off in a Republican runoff on Tuesday.

Polls across the state, including in Walker County, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to state law. The …

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GOP Senate runoff set for Tuesday


U.S. Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will face off in a Republican runoff on Tuesday.

Polls across the state, including in Walker County, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to state law. The runoff will be the only race on the ballot.

Voters will be asked if they want a Republican or Democratic ballot. Due to a new state law, no crossover voting from the Aug. 15 primary can happen during the primary. In other words, anyone who voted in the Democratic primary cannot vote in Tuesday’s Republican runoff. By voting Democratic in the first race, they would be limited to vote in any Democratic runoff.

However, no Democratic runoff was needed in this race. Doug Jones won the Democratic nomination without a runoff on Aug. 15, as he obtained 67 percent of the vote. In Walker County, Jones had 61 percent of the vote.

All voters will be released to vote for who they wish for during the General Election race, which has been called for Tuesday, Dec. 12. Write-in votes will also be permitted in that race.

Moore won 39 percent of the GOP vote, leading the field on Aug. 15, while Strange had 33 percent. Mo Brooks was a distant third, missing the runoff with only 19 percent.

In Walker County, Moore had 47 percent of the vote, followed by 35 percent for Strange and 11 percent for Brooks. Out of 47 precincts in the county, Strange won only eight: Jasper Mall, Meadowsmith Library, Eldridge, Kansas, Boldo, Townley, Abundant Life Church and absentees. A tie was declared in Liberty Hill Church.

Both Moore and Strange have visited the county over the course of the campaign.

The special election was called as U.S. Sen. Jeff Session resigned his Alabama seat in order to become President Trump’s attorney general. The race has become controversial over questions of Strange’s investigation of then-Gov. Robert Bentley while Strange was Alabama’s attorney general. Bentley appointed Strange to the U.S. Senate in February, which led to Strange resigning as attorney general. Strange has denied any deal with Bentley and has noted Bentley was brought down in a continuing investigation.

Moore has been controversial during his two tenures as chief justice of the state Supreme Court. He has been popular with conservatives over his stands on the Ten Commandments (which led to him installing a monument in Montgomery) and on whether probate judges could refuse to marry gay couples.

However, his actions on those matters essentially led to his removal from the court.

Among others endorsing Strange are President Trump, the NRA, the National Right to Life Committee and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby. Moore is endorsed by Brooks, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, radio host Laura Ingraham, commentator Sean Hannity, actor Chuck Norris and Family Research Council founder Tony Perkins.

The deadlines for voter registration and regular absentee voting have passed. If delivered by hand, an absentee ballot must be returned to the absentee election manager no later than the close of the next business day on Monday, Sept. 25, which is also the last day to vote a business emergency absentee ballot and the last day to postmark a regular absentee ballot in the mail, according to Circuit Clerk Susan Odom, the absentee election manager. The last day to postmark a military ballot returned by mail is election day, Sept. 26. Medical emergency absentee ballots will need to be returned by noon on election day to Odom’s office.

Odom said voters who have moved and not updated their address are urged to contact the Walker County Board of Registrars on the first floor of the courthouse, where one can also register to vote.

They may also call 205-384-7279 for more information, or go to to make applications or to make changes. The email address is

People with questions may also go to the Secretary of State’s election website,, which has many other election details and allows online help for a number of needs, such as sample ballots and Voter ID. The Secretary of State’s Office can also be reached at 1-800-274-8683.

Voter ID is now required in Alabama during elections. A number of identification cards, including a driver’s license, is allowed for voter ID.

Anyone without those forms of identification may apply for a free voter ID card from the state at various locations, including the Board of Registrars Office, mobile locations and online.

Also, as of 2015, officials now allow a voter who is physically disabled or over the age or 70 to move to the front of the line at a polling place upon request of the voter, according to last year’s state voter guide.