If primary elections are close enough today in 29 counties, including Montgomery and Elmore, the results might not be known until near the end of the month. More than 1,000 military and overseas absentee ballots won’t be counted until later in the month, which could make some races too close to call today. That includes the GOP presidential contest, where the winner may not become known today if the non-absentee vote totals show the race is too close to call. There are also absentee ballots, the secretary of state’s office did not know how many, sent to Alabamians living elsewhere in the United States.
County officials have mailed 1,144 ballots to Alabamians living overseas or stationed in military bases in foreign countries, according to Deputy Secretary of State Emily Thompson. “It’s not a huge number,” Thompson said Monday. “But there could be some congressional district that comes down to a runoff situation. We just have to see how it all pans out tomorrow.”
Nearly 29 percent of the state’s approximately 2.5 million registered voters are expected to cast ballots in the GOP presidential race and congressional, state and local contests.