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Houston County Voters Will See Changes in Upcoming Primary Runoff Election

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 5:26 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

We are exactly two weeks away from Alabama’s primary runoff election. As July 14th draws near, The Houston County Probate Office is getting ready for voters to return to the polls.

“We’ve implemented a lot of strategies that will allow voters to come in and be part of that process,” Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport said.

Masks will be required by both poll workers and voters. If you don’t bring your own, one will be provided for you. There will also be hand sanitizer available.

Davenport says precincts won’t limit the number voters allowed inside a polling location at one time, unless the location gets backed up.

“It’ll be more the case now because there’s only a Republican runoff ballot. And on that ballot, there are only three races. So we would anticipate the flow to move pretty quickly,” Davenport said.

Houston County is not offering curbside voting despite the pandemic. However, if you don’t feel comfortable voting in-person, you only have a few days left to apply for an absentee ballot.

“The last day for me to process an application is Thursday, July 9th. That’s important to remember. It takes a minimum of two days by mailing something, even if it’s mailing something across the street,” Houston County Absentee Election Manager Carla Woodall said.

The last day to submit a ballot is Monday July 13th in person, or by noon July 14th via the mailbox.

“I get a lot of calls: ‘what reason do I mark on my application?’ And if it’s strictly because you don’t feel comfortable to go to the polls, it’s the second reason on the application where you have an infirmity that prevents your attendance at the polls.” Woodall said.

And if you’re wondering if your absentee vote will count, Woodall says voters shouldn’t worry.

“The poll workers who process that don’t have a clue who voted how. There’s a process that they follow and at 7 o’clock, we mash that button and tally up the results and we take them to the tower,” Woodall said.

The primary runoff is set for July 14th, Polls will open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

The only voting poll change for Houston County is the Pansy Volunteer Fire Department location has been moved to the Liberty Baptist Church fellowship hall.

If you have any questions about where to vote, you can visit HoustonCountyProbate.org and click the Elections icon.

To get an application for an absentee ballot, visit AlabamaVotes.gov. To mail that application in to Woodall, you send it to Post Office Drawer 6406, Dothan, AL, 36302. You can also call the Absentee Ballot Manager’s Office at 671-8700.

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