HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — On March 3, voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the 2020 statewide primary election, but for those registered voters who won’t be able to cast their votes on that day, they may now take part in absentee voting.
“What a privilege to be in a nation where we can select our own leaders,” Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport said. “We are not under a monarchy or dictatorship. We have the privilege of voting for our leaders. I would just encourage everyone to be part of that process. Exercise that right, that privilege to be a part of the process.”
Davenport said there has been an increase in the number of registered voters.
“Although we have significantly increased our registered voters, our voter turnout is not increasing along with that number of registered voters,” Davenport said. “So, I think that’s where our work comes in.”
Davenport stresses the importance of exercising the right to vote, saying progress can only be made with the public’s help.
“We need to encourage the public to get out and vote,” Davenport said. “We need our citizens to not be complacent and to enjoy the privilege and be a part of the process.”
Sample ballots are already around the county and are available in various places, they can also be found here.
Feb. 27 is the last day that voters may apply for a regular absentee ballot for the primary election.
For more information about absentee voting, you can contact the Houston County Absentee Election Manager’s office at (334)-671-8700.