SHOALS – Voters this coming Tuesday can choose from any candidate in any race on their ballot. They can choose any party candidate or Independent which may be in any race. They can also write in a candidate for any race on the ballot.
Alabama’s restriction on crossover voting only applies to Primary elections and Primary Runoff elections. A voter in the primary must choose a party ballot and they can only vote for candidates in that party during the primary and during any runoff races that occur in the following weeks.
In the November General Election, the party selected during the primary and the runoff is of no consequence. A registered voter can vote for any candidate in November.
An added option that causes some confusion during the general election is that a voter can mark the circle for a straight party ticket, and then vote for candidates down the ballot that represent another party.
For example, someone may want to vote for a friend, former classmate, or they may simply think that a candidate in a particular race is more qualified than the candidate in their preferred party. The voter can mark a straight ticket and the preferred candidate. The voting machine will tabulate that exception to the straight party nod.
The Alabama Secretary of State’s website is a great source for election law information and covers virtually any voting question you may have. (sos.alabama.gov/Alabama-votes)