We've had some questions on our Facebook page about straight ticket voting in Alabama, and apparently there are rumors afoot that straight ticket votes won't count for the presidential contest. Not true. If you mark the Democratic Party line or oval tomorrow, your vote will count for every Democrat on the ballot, from Obama/Biden all the way down to county offices. This is what ADP Chairman Mark Kennedy said about straight ticket votes and about the deliberate misinformation:
If you want to vote for President Obama and Vice President Biden along with the rest of the Democrats on your ballot, you only have to mark one place…the oval or arrow next to the Alabama Democratic Party in the straight party voting section of your ballot (the top-left section of your ballot). One mark does it all. One mark will count your vote for the President and your Democratic judges, county commissioners, school board members, and statewide candidates.
To see a sample ballot for your county click here.
If someone tells you otherwise, we want to know about it. If an elected official or someone who works in a county courthouse or polling place tells you otherwise, I want you to get their name and call us immediately at 1-800-995-3386. I will not tolerate dirty tricks and attempts to confuse or intimidate voters. Anyone attempting to suppress our vote will be held accountable by the Democratic Party to the fullest extent of the law.
In fact, you can mark the straight ticket line and also split your ticket. Judge Bob Vance is encouraging Republican voters in the Chief Justice race to “bend the ballot” for Bob Vance. They can do this by marking the elephant symbol at the top of the ballot (see right) then going down and marking Bob Vance instead of Roy Moore. Presto, they just voted for all the Republicans on the ballot, plus Bob Vance — because let's face it, only the most extreme GOPers are eager to vote for Moore.
Don't be afraid to vote a straight Democratic ticket tomorrow … or even bend your ballot a little bit if you must vote Republican. Your straight ticket vote will absolutely count — don't believe anyone who tells you it won't. And as Mark Kennedy reiterated today …
If you are a Democrat and you don't vote tomorrow, you may as well be a Republican. Plain and simple.