Absentee voting again can be in person

By ED HOWELL
Posted 5/20/20

Voters can now once again vote absentee ballots in the Circuit Clerk's Office, as Walker County election officials note they are continuing to make preparations for the July 14 runoff in spite of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. 

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Absentee voting again can be in person

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Voters can now once again vote absentee ballots in the Circuit Clerk's Office, as Walker County election officials note they are continuing to make preparations for the July 14 runoff in spite of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. 

The officials spoke to the Walker County Commission Monday before the commission voted to reopen county offices that afternoon, noting they are even making some preparations for the Nov. 3 General Election. 

As for the primary runoff, which had already been rescheduled from late March, Walker County Probate Judge A. Lee Tucker said he has been contacting poll workers to make sure they can still work that day, noting they appear willing to work. Approval has been given that the runoff can run with less than the optional number of workers if many say they can't work. 

Masks and gloves have been secured for the poll workers school and Election Day. Poll workers school will be held again as more than 60 days has passed since the primary, and has been scheduled for July 7 at the Jasper Civic Center. He noted the last polling school was videotaped and can be seen online for those who feel they cannot come in. 

"I've been told Parrish is going to move (its polling place) from City Hall to the gym," Tucker said, which the commission will approve soon. Bevill State Community College has yet to tell him if their Sumiton Campus can be used for a polling site. 

He said he is also trying to get supplies for the General Election in November. 

Walker County Circuit Clerk Susan Odom said she would like to see the doors open for her office for the benefit of absentee voting. She said absentee voting has continued, and she has been processing ballots. 

"They love to come and vote absentee in the office," she said. "It is easier for them. They get it in the mail and it confuses them. I am there to notarize for them and they have people who can witness. I've offered to go downstairs and work with them in their cars. I know a lot are waiting for the doors to open so we can bring them up to the office and let them absentee vote there. It has been going smoothly. People have been steadily voting this whole time." 

Applications can be obtained at Odom's office or at alabamavotes.gov. The ballot can be mailed back or brought back to Odom's office. One may also call the Secretary of State's Office at 334-242-7210 or Odom's office at 205-384-7268.