HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — UPDATE: June 21 will see fewer runoffs than many expected.
Current Alabama Governor Kay Ivey won her primary outright with 54% of the vote. She moves to the general election in November to face the winner of the Democrat runoff (Yolanda Flowers vs. Malika Fortier).
The Secretary of State race goes to a runoff between Jim Zeigler and Wes Allen.
The hard-fought Republican race for the U.S. Senate seat also goes to a runoff between Katie Britt and Mo Brooks. The winner faces Will Boyd, who won the Democrat primary outright.
The U.S. Representative seat Republican race (5th District) heads to a runoff between Dale Strong and Casey Wardynski. The winner faces Democrat nominee Kathy Warner-Stanton.
And Limestone County elected Joshua McLaughlin won the race for sheriff. Governor Kay Ivey appointed McLaughlin after former sheriff Mike Blakely left office following two felony convictions. McLaughlin faced four other candidates in the primary.
Get Alabama 2022 Primary Election results for local and statewide offices.
What happens after I vote?
Run-off elections, and that date is set for June 21, 2022.
The Alabama Secretary of State's website explained it like this:
If no candidate receives a majority of all the votes cast in the election for any one office or offices for the election to which there were more than two candidates, then the municipal governing body shall order a second or runoff election to be held on the fourth Tuesday following the regular election, at which election the two candidates having received the most and the second most votes, respectively, shall be candidates, and the individual receiving the highest number of votes for that office in the runoff election shall be declared elected.
In the event one of the candidates for a particular office in the runoff election withdraws or dies, then there need not be a second or runoff election to fill the office. If there should be a tie vote cast at any runoff election, then in that event the tie shall be decided by the municipal governing body no later than 12:00 noon on the first Tuesday following the second or runoff election. A vote for a particular candidate by a majority of those members eligible to vote of the governing body shall be necessary to decide the election in his or her favor. If the municipal governing body fails to break the tie, the elected candidate shall be decided by lot by the judge of probate of the county where the city or town hall is located no later than 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday following the second or runoff election in the presence of the candidates and other electors who choose to be present.
Any judge of probate who openly participated in the promotion of candidates in the election which resulted in a tie may not decide the outcome of the election and shall be disqualified to do so. The presiding circuit court judge in the county where the city or town hall is located shall replace the disqualified judge of probate and shall conduct the duties required herein.
Within 10 days of canvassing the results, the municipal clerk shall file a copy of each certificate of election with all of the following:
- The office of the judge of probate of the county in which the city or town hall is situated. The judge of probate shall file the certificate in the same manner that he or she files the declaration of the result of elections to county offices
- The Secretary of State
- The Alabama League of Municipalities