John Merrill issues guidance for straight-party voting

Voters in a voting booth_Election Day

For Alabama voters who wish to cast their ballots for candidates from only one political party, there’s an easy way to do that on Election Day called straight party voting.

Straight party voting means you simply fill in one bubble next to you party of choice and then you vote is cast every candidate of that particular party, without having to physically mark every candidate.

But Secretary of State John Merrill issued a statement Wednesday to let voters know that if want to generally vote straight party, but perhaps there’s one race where they’d like to support someone outside of their party, there’s still an easy way to do that.

“If a voter wishes to vote for any candidate outside the party that they have chosen, they may do so by marking the space next to the candidate’s name,” Merrill explained in a statement. “Regardless of whether the voter cast a straight party vote or not, filling in the bubble next to a candidate’s name will be counted as the voter’s choice in that contest.”

State issued IDs

Merrill also reminded voters that  they may still obtain a free government issued ID from the State of Alabama by visiting their local county board of registrar’s offices, which are open the same hours as the county courthouse in each county. If a voter is unable to visit the registrar’s they can contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 334.242.7200 and request a home visit in which a Secretary of State Staff member will visit them at home to produce a photo ID for voting purposes.

The General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The polls will be open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.