Voters ready for primary elections - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Voters ready for primary elections

Posted by Cody Holyoke - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As the hours count down, time is running out for voters to get to know the candidates.  Some will resort to last minute research to make up their minds.

"The commercials and whatnot haven't really helped me, so I'm going to go home and look on the computer and try to make some last minutes decisions," said Alfreda Matthews of Montgomery.

It's a bizarre push for candidates after a holiday weekend.   State leaders estimate 35% to 38% of Alabama's 2.8 million registered voters will head to the polls.

"I'm very interested in, as far as the [Board of] education goes.  I have children, so I'm very interested as far as who I'm going to vote for [Board of] education," said Tracey Whitlow of Montgomery.

Though the ballots are packed, some people just don't see the point.

"Every candidate is essentially the same.  All the campaign literature says the same thing, they're all conservative, have strong family values, so how can you pick?," asked Robb Farmer of Montgomery.

"On some of them, I may not vote at all.  Some of them, I'll vote for, and on others, I'll just leave [my ballot] blank," explained Tracy Wilson of Montgomery.

Voters also say they're fed up with negative advertising, something they feel has surged in the weeks leading up to the election.

"That's the main thing is everybody bringing up so much garbage on everybody else, so you don't know who to believe," Wilson said.

"[There's] a lot of mudslinging going on, not a lot of tell me exactly what you're going to do, but a lot of mudslinging," Whitlow explained.

Still, with the state's future hanging in the balance, residents are ready to make a choice.

"Alabama is not--I don't think--doing as bad as other states, but this is a very, very important election,"Matthews said.

Voters say they're ready to push past the primaries, but it's likely many of the larger races will still be contested in a runoff election, scheduled for July 13th.

©2010 WSFA. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • First Alert: Tropical system could soak Memorial Day Weekend

    First Alert: Tropical system could soak Memorial Day Weekend

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:40 PM EDT2018-05-22 23:40:27 GMT

    This is a busy weather pattern with multiple rain chances and the possibility of a tropical depression or storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico later this week.

    More >>

    This is a busy weather pattern with multiple rain chances and the possibility of a tropical depression or storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico later this week.

    More >>
  • The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:13 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:13:57 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-05-22 23:34:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    More >>

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    More >>
  • Trump won't say if he has confidence in Rosenstein

    Trump won't say if he has confidence in Rosenstein

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:12:21 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-05-22 23:34:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign.

    More >>

    The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly