Sparked by an increased demand for absentee ballots, the turnout for the July 14 primary runoff in Alabama is predicted to be higher than in previous years.
AL.com reported that Secretary of State John Merrill’s office is predicting that the runoff turnout between former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, and former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will be between 17-22%. Fifteen percent turned out in Alabama for a 2017 special primary for the U.S. Senate. The primary runoff in 2016 had an 8% voter turnout.
The number of those seeking absentee ballots has jumped amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to AL.
Over 31,000 people have applied for absentee ballots as of July 1. By comparison, 18,279 absentee ballots were cast for the March 3 primary
President Donald Trump has attacked voting by mail, saying the process would lead to fraud in the November election. He has claimed it presents the biggest risk to his reelection efforts.
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