Election 2022: Where, when to vote in Alabama, sample ballots and more

Who and what are on the ballots for Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries? Where to vote? When can I vote?

Here’s a quick guide to help you find the information you need to answer these questions and links to information on some of the statewide candidates. But who to vote for is up to you.

When are the polling stations open: Polling stations open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

How do I know where I’m supposed to vote? : Go to this site through the office of the Alabama Secretary of State if you are unsure.

Postal votes: The deadline to request an absentee ballot has passed, but if you already have one, Monday May 23 is the last day to return absentee ballots by hand to your county’s absentee election officer. Absentee ballots must be returned by mail to the Absentee Elections Officer no later than Tuesday noon.

Who and what are on the ballots? Here is a link to the ballots around the state.

The May 24 vote is set to determine who will represent each party in the November 8 general election for dozens of positions — from lawmakers, district attorneys and county commissioners to the governor and the U.S. Senate. If a candidate does not obtain more than 50% of the votes, the second round will take place on June 21.

A dozen offices that require a statewide vote are up for grabs this year. In four of those races, the incumbents face no opposition in the primary from either party — state treasurer, lieutenant governor, commissioner of agriculture and Alabama Supreme Court Place 6.

Go here for AL.com’s full coverage of the 2022 election.

Here are the eight other polled offices statewide and links to learn more about those candidates:

US Senate

Alabama’s U.S. Senate race will determine who replaces retired longtime senator Richard Shelby.

Katie Britt, a former Shelby chief of staff who also served as CEO of the Business Council, is among six Republicans vying for the job. Other participants in the Republican primary race are U.S. Representative Mo Brooks of Huntsville, former Army Airman Mike Durant of Madison, restaurant business owner Karla M. Dupriest of Mobile, Jake Schafer of Daphne and North Alabama resident Lillie Boddie. The winner of the Republican primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary in Alabama, which is fielding three candidates. The Democrats in the Senate race are Rev. Will Boyd, former Brighton Mayor Brandaun Dean and retired Army Sergeant. Lanny Jackson.

Governor

In the other hotly contested race, nine Republicans and six Democrats are on the ballots. Kay Ivey, who became governor when Robert Bentley stepped down in 2017 and was elected in 2018, is seeking a second full term. Other GOP candidates are Lindy Blanchard, former Trump administration ambassador to Wetumpka; Lew Burdetteof Vestavia Hills, former COO of Books A Million and president of King’s Home, a program for abused women and children; Stacy Lee George, corrections officer and former Morgan County Commissioner; Tim James, toll bridge developer and son of former Governor Fob James of Greenville; Ronald Trent Jones, a real estate entrepreneur and yoga enthusiast from Montevallo; Dean Odle, a pastor from Opelika; David Thomas, the mayor of Springville and a former state representative; and young dean, an Orange Beach businessman and former congressional candidate. Democrats Seeking the job are retired educator Yolanda Flowers of Birmingham, Patricia Salter Jamieson, Arthur Kennedy, businessman Chad “Chig” Martin of Enterprise, state senator and lawyer Malika Sanders Fortier of Selma and Doug “New Blue” Smith, a Eufaula native who worked for Governor Lurleen Wallace and Governor Albert Brewer.

Secretary of State: Four Republicans are running for the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Merrill, who was unable to run due to term limits. The Republican candidates are: State Rep. Wes Allen of Troy; Christian Horn, a Huntsville-area businessman; Ed Packard, a former election official in the office of the Secretary of State; and State Auditor Jim Zeigler. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Pamela J. Laffitte, who is running unopposed, in the November 8 general election.

Attorney General: Attorney General Steve Marshall, a Republican, is seeking a second full term. Marshall was nominated by Governor Robert Bentley to fill a vacancy in 2017 and elected to a full term in 2018. Harry Bartlett Still III qualified to run for the Republican nomination against Marshall. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Wendell Major in the Nov. 8 general election.

State Auditor: Three Republicans are running for the nomination to replace state auditor Jim Zeigler, whose term is limited. The Republican qualifiers are Jefferson County pastor Stan Cooke, former state senator and retired teacher Rusty Glover of Mobile, and state representative and business owner Andrew Sorrell of Muscle Shoals. No Democrats ran for that position.

5 Alabama Supreme Court Square: The race is for an open seat to replace Associate Justice Michael F. Bolin, who was not allowed to run for another term due to the age limit. The Republicans who qualified for the race are Greg Cook and Debra Jones. The winner will face Democrat Anita L. Kelly, who faces no primary opposition, in the Nov. 8 general election.

Public Service Commission Location 1: Commissioner Jeremy Oden, a Republican, is seeking re-election. He faces Tallassee Mayor John Hammock, former TV reporter Stephen McLamb, and former PSC chief of staff and former state and federal attorney Brent Woodall in the Republican primary. No Democrats are running for that seat.

Public Service Commission Location 2: Commissioner Chip Beeker is seeking re-election. Beeker is a Republican. The other qualifiers for the Republican primary are Robin Litaker and Robert L. McCollum. No Democrats entered the race.

A statewide amendment

The amendment proposes that the state issue up to $85 million in bonds for the improvement, renovation, acquisition, construction and maintenance of state parks operated by the Department of Conservation and natural resources and historic sites managed by the Alabama Historical Commission. Vote ‘yes’ if you are in favor and ‘no’ if you don’t.

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