The Fairhope Civic Center is one of Baldwin County’s biggest polling locations. By the looks of it today though, it’s not super busy. There were only probably a dozen people who filed in through the front door when the polls opened at 7. There were no Democratic runoffs in Baldwin County so a chunk of potential voters is shut out completely. You can’t cross over vote. I spoke with one man who said he tried to vote in the Republican runoff who voted in the Democratic primary and he said they politely turned him away. There are some big races on the ballot but turnout is expected to be relatively low. Some voters are disappointed to see few hitting the polls.
“I think that, unfortunately, there’s not a lot of discussion of real issues. I think there’s a lot of party favors all the time, people are going to say “I’m going to protect the Constitution of the United States,” but they’re not talking about dealing with the local issues and trying to make things better,” said voter Jim Kellen. Baldwin County Probate Court Judge Tim Russell believes they could have a 20% voter turnout today in his county. He argues less than 15% of voters chose the Democratic ballot last month and better weather conditions compared to conditions in June may help.