Decatur Baptist

A line forms at the Decatur Baptist Church voting precinct at 6:55 this morning. The polls opened at 7 a.m.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. today in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties, and some lines were reported.

Voters may experience waits at peak times for voting. Election officials expect heavy turnout today.

Here are some tips to make sure your vote is counted:

• Times: Polls are open until 7 p.m. Under state law, anyone standing in line when polls close will be allowed to vote, but anyone who arrives after 7 p.m. will not.

• Identification: Under state law, all voters must present a valid photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms include an Alabama driver's license, a non-driver ID, a state-issued voter ID card, a federal-issued ID, a U.S. passport, a federal or state employee ID, a student ID from an in-state college or university, a military ID, or a tribal ID.

• Inactive voters: If you haven’t voted in a while, you may be marked inactive on the voter role. If so, the poll worker will have you complete a form before you’re allowed to vote.

• Relocation: If you've moved but haven't updated your registration, go to the polling place for your new home and cast a provisional ballot.

• Challenges: If a poll worker has knowledge you are not allowed to vote, he or she may challenge your ballot. You can still cast a provisional ballot, and your local board of registrars will work it out later.

• Poll watchers: Political parties appoint volunteer poll watchers who are sworn on Election Day and can remain at the polls to observe until the results are posted. Poll watchers can point out problems to poll workers, but they cannot disturb or attempt to influence voters or wear or display campaign material.

• Voter fraud: If you suspect voter fraud, suspect you were improperly denied voting rights or other problems, contact the Alabama Secretary of State elections and voter fraud hotline at 800-274-8683.

— Evan Belanger

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