Election Day 2016 is finally here, and many thousands of people across the state have already cast their ballots in one of the most divisive presidential contests of our time. The chance for Alabama voters to make their voices heard and finally decide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and to weigh in on a host of local races and state constitutional amendments is finally here. Proud voters from Gulf Shores to Gadsden are posting photos of their “I Voted” stickers on all manner of social media, and candidates at all levels of government are biting their nails, glued to news reports on their TV screens and Twitter feeds.
But there is a dark side to the American political process, one that reemerges as a major issue every fourth November, when complaints about electoral irregularities, voter suppression and intimidation, and incompetent and insufficient poll workers and polling places take a key place in the state and national conversation.
AL.com is visiting polling sites across the state and tapping social media and other in-person and online forums to report on these issues from morning to night Tuesday.