Absentee ballots available for primary run-off election

Absentee balots for the July 15 Primary Run-off Election are available upon application at the Russell County Circuit Clerk's Office, Russell County Courthouse, 501 14th St., Phenix City.

There is only one local race on the ballot for the election, the Democratic Primary run-off for Russell County Commission District 7 between incumbent Commissioner J.D. Upshaw and Russell Elementary School principal Larry Screws.

Screws led Upshaw in the June 3 primary voting by a 63-vote margin.

In addition to the circuit clerk's office, applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the Alabama Secretary of State's Web site — www.russellcountycircuitclerk.com/AbsenteeVoting.aspx.

The applications must be filed in the office of the circuit clerk/Absentee Election Manager no less than five (5) days prior to the election.

Any qualified voter of the state may vote an absentee ballot is they meet the following requirements:

-- Out of the county or the state on Election Day

-- Physically incapacitated and not able to vote in person on Election Day

-- Work a required workplace shift which has at least ten (10) hours that coincide with the polling hours at regular polling place

-- A student at an educational institution located outside the county of permanent residence and therefore unable to vote at usual polling place on Election Day

-- Member of, or a spouse of a member of, the armed forces of the United States or otherwise entitled to vote by absentee pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff

-- An election officer at a polling place which is not his/her regular polling place Absentee ballots played a pivotal role in one June 3 race, the Commission District 4 race, where former Commissioner Ronnie Reed defeated a three-man field with 252 votes, 100 votes more than his nearest competitor with 201 votes of his total coming from absentee ballots.