Crenshaw primary runoff election set for July 15

Published 5:29 pm Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Crenshaw County Probate Judge Jim Perdue urges all county residents to remember that next Tuesday’s primary runoff election is fast approaching, and a single vote is all it takes to turn the tides.
After all, it already has.
“It’s pretty obvious that one vote can make a difference—we just proved that,” Perdue said, in reference to Commissioner Sankey Jr.’s District 5 victory over LaFreda Daniels Griffin by one vote.
“And that happens more often than you would think.  It does make a difference.  You should never assume that your vote doesn’t count.  Study your candidates, make sure of how you want to vote before you show up and express that opinion.  It always makes a difference.  Always.”
There were 3,400 ballots cast in June, Democratic interesting outnumbering Republican interest nearly two to one.
“Though Perdue suspects that the margin won’t be quite as wide next week, he does suspect a dropoff in voter turnout to roughly 2,500 voters.
“There’s just not as many reasons for people to go vote now—there’s not as many issues on the ballot,” Perdue added.
“There’s two Republican statewide runoffs and one local runoff, and then there’s a ballot referendum on the cotton industry, and I don’t think anybody’s going to run to the polls to vote for that.  But I hope there’s a good turnout.  The thing that we have in Crenshaw County that could help increase our numbers is the sheriff’s race.”
Today is the final day to make an application for an absentee ballot, Monday is the last day for the ballot to be returned via mail.
But Perdue suggests that voters who expect to be out of the county come next Tuesday take the proactive approach.
“I would suggest you come by and apply personally because you’re not going to be able to mail it tomorrow and get it in on time,” Perdue said.
“So if you’re going to vote on either ballot in this primary runoff, you need to come to the absentee election monitor’s office in the courthouse.”
All 18 precincts will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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