Have you voted today? Looking for election watch parties? We’ve got you covered.

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Voters standing in line outside Homewood Public Library. Photo via Katherine Bouma

Have you voted today?  Remember the polls close at 7:00p.m. here in Alabama.

Judging by photos posted on social media you may be in for some long lines.

In the Yellowhammer State, Secretary of State John Merrill expects record turnout.

“Of the state’s 3.7 million eligible voters, our office anticipates somewhere between 2.5 and 2.8 million Alabamians will cast their ballot in today’s election – whether in-person or through the absentee process,” stated Secretary Merrill. “We have already witnessed record absentee participation and because of the excitement surrounding this election, I expect these numbers will continue to rise today.”

If you have encountered any problems or need assistance voting make sure to call the Secretary of State’s office at  1-800-274-8683 or visit https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes

Voting on November 3, 2020 in Birmingham. Photo via Elizabeth Brooke

Voters are encouraged to check their polling location and view their sample ballot prior to heading to the polls.

Election Watch Parties

Are you on pins and needles like I am?

Because of the coronavirus pandemic there are not as many public election watch parties as usual, but we did find two.

Iron City – 513 22nd Ave. South, Birmingham, Alabama 35233

Our good friends Iron City will be opening its doors to voter and civically-minded folks at 5:00p.m. The watch party is co-hosted by Talk 99.5.  There will be drinks and food available at the Iron City Grill.

Sidewalk Film – 1821 2nd Ave. North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203

One of favorite venues Sidewalk Film over in the Pizitz building downtown is holding a non-partisan watch party beginning at 5:30. The event will be socially distanced with a limited capacity party. Masks are required. The event is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10. 

Historic Night

Whatever happens tonight, according to all the news reports more votes will be cast today than any other time in our nation’s history.  

Make sure your vote is counted and have a little fun tonight.  We all deserve it.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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