On Tuesday, more than 21,000 Russell County residents visited the polls. You all braved the cold, the long lines, and quite likely making small talk with line neighbors while still being socially distant. And now it’s over. No more social media posts hounding you to register to vote (even though you were already registered) and no more political ads and text messages.
I’m thrilled the day has come and gone, but I’m more excited to see how many people came to the polls. We solicited your “I Voted” photos, and you all came through (those are on page 24, by the way).
Now for the results.
Naomi Elliott took her race for Revenue Commissioner. We were told that she is the first Republican to win a county-wide race. Most of you may know that, statistically, Russell County votes Democrat.
Scott Chambers, Rod Costello, Cattie Epps, Chance Corbett, and Larry Screws all took their races for Russell County Commission. Tim Simpson won the Board of Education At-Large race.
Across the state, all the amendments passed and Tommy Tuberville defeated Doug Jones. Mike Rogers will continue to serve as a Congressional Representative.
Here are some interesting local facts: In Russell County, 57 percent of voters submitted straight party Democratic party tickets. Republican straight party tickets made up 42 percent. Fifty-two percent of Russell County voters cast ballots for Joe Biden. Fifty-five percent voted for Doug Jones, and 51 percent voted for Adia Winfrey over Mike Rogers.
We did filter a few calls throughout the day from people who didn’t realize polls were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT and told us of lines that snaked around buildings. Throughout the day, we noticed that wait times went down to just a few minutes.
Now that it’s all over, let’s get to the business of making our own community great. I’m not sure what the rest of the country is dealing with right now, but I’ve always known this community to be different—more friendly. We’re don’t tend to experience the same tensions that people do in bigger cities. That’s something I’m thankful for. No matter who wins, we’re still a community. Let’s keep it that way.