Interest in today’s special election is high across the country. Secretary of State John Merrill has elevated his prediction for voter turnout at the polls to between 20 and 25 percent. In Montgomery County voters will notice some changes, namely, new voting machines. Two new machines will be located in all 49 precincts. Montgomery Election Center Director Darrell Parker says the ExpressVote device has touchscreen capabilities. The new machines are designed to speed up the voting process.
A portion of Montgomery County voters will have two ballots to complete, one for the U-S Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones and the other in the primary for the State Senate District 26 seat. Five Democrats are running including State Representative John Knight, Montgomery City Councilmen Fred Bell and David Burkette, attorney Deborah Anthony and educator Tony Bell. DJ Johnson is the lone Republican candidate.