2020 BirminghamWatch Voter Guide

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Gigi Douban , WBHM

A brief computer outage at state Department of Public Safety offices presented issues for some who wanted to update their drivers licenses ahead of the voter registration deadline on Monday.

Voting is in full swing even though the polls won’t open until Tuesday morning.

Between interest in the races on the ballot and fear of coronavirus, more than 316,000 people applied to vote by absentee ballots and 259,201 absentee ballots had been successfully returned as of Thursday, according to Grace Newcombe, press secretary for the Secretary of State’s Office.

That crushed the previous record for absentee votes, which was 88,000 cast in the 2012 general election.

At the top of the ticket is the Donald Trump-Joe Biden showdown for the White House. That race has drawn the most interest nationwide. But there’s another race that has drawn much attention in Alabama, as former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, a Republican, tries to unseat Doug Jones, who three years ago was the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in 25 years.

Also up for grabs are races for the Alabama Public Service Commission presidency and a seat on the state Board of Education. In Jefferson County, contested races also include a district court judgeship, deputy treasurer, tax assessor, assistant tax assessor and assistant tax collector.

Voters also have six amendments to decide – seven in Shelby County.

The 2020 BirminghamWatch Voter Guide gives you information to navigate through the voting process. You’ll find profiles of the candidates, including biographical information, the main issues they’re citing in their campaigns, their top contributors and links to their web or social media sites. Also in the guide is a rundown of the amendments with an analysis of each by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, sample ballots you can print, mark as you want and take to the polling place as a reminder, if you want; and information about voting and going to the polls.

Sample Ballots

Additional Links For Voters

Printable Sample Ballots for Jefferson and Shelby Counties

List of Candidates with Profiles

Your Guide to Alabama’s 2020 Constitutional Amendments

Check your registration status, find your polling place and check the status of your absentee ballot

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