Our view: Vote on March 13
by Staff Reports
Mar 04, 2012 | 1461 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Primary elections in Alabama will be held Tuesday, March 13.

With a little more than a week before the election, there is still time to become informed on candidates seeking office in both the Republican and Democratic primaries.

In Walker County and in areas across the state, the Republican ballot will be much larger for this election due to the fact that President Barack Obama is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination for president. Locally, the Democratic primary will have voters decide the party’s selections for Walker County Commission in District 2, 3 and 4 as well as one constable race in Beat 42. Voters will also be asked to select male and female delegates for Obama.

Local elections on the Republican ballot include District Court Judge Place 2, Walker County Commission District 1, 2 and 3, Walker County Treasurer and a constable race in Beat 21. There are several statewide races on the GOP ticket including Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Place 1, President of the Public Service Commission and State Board of Education District 7. Republican voters will also be asked to select an opponent for Obama in November’s General Election and delegates for whomever receives that vote.

Early indicators show the turnout for the vote may not be that large. Walker County Circuit Clerk Susan Odom said last week that only 65 area voters had applied for an absentee ballot, which she called a low number.

The final day to register to vote in the March 13 election was Friday, but absentee ballot applications are available through Thursday and must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Monday, March 12.

Voting is one of the most important rights as a citizen of the United States, and the Daily Mountain Eagle urges its readers to exercise that right. Get informed, go to your polling place and vote.

– Daily Mountain Eagle