Weather impacting election day?

Severe weather and voting

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Election officials are hoping the weather clears up in time so that Tuesday’s election will not be impacted.

Alabama’s Secretary of State has been predicting that voter turnout would be around 35 to 45 percent. However, that was before the threat of severe weather existed.

Jefferson County’s chief election official says they have weather contingency plans in place on everything from making sure poll workers themselves are safe, to getting powered restored, to protecting ballots that have already been cast.

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"The machines are battery, they have some battery power, but even if that does not work right then there is a way to put the ballots into an emergency bin,” said Judge Alan King, Jefferson County Probate court.

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