By Faye Gaston
Bullock County Probate Judge, James E. Tatum, announces the results of the Primary Run-off election held in Bullock County on July 14, 2020. As of election day, there were 7,364 registered voters in Bullock County. Only 876 voted, 515 Democrats voted (58.79%), 361 Republicans voted (41.21 %).
On the Democratic ballot for Member of the Alabama Board of Education, District No. 5, Fred Bell received 297 votes (57.89%), and Tonya Smith Chestnut received 216 votes (42.11%).
On the Republican ballot for United States Senator, Jeff Sessions received 79 votes (21.88%) and Tommy Tuberville received 282 votes (78.12%). For United States Representative, 2nd Congressional District, Jeff Coleman received 169 votes (47.61%) and Barry Moore received 186 votes (52.39%). For Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place No. 2, Beth Kellum received 198 votes (63.46%) and Will Smith received 114 votes (36.54%).
Judge Tatum said, "You can't complain if you did not vote".
In reference to the upcoming Municipal Elections on August 25, 2020, for Mayor and City Council for Union Springs and Midway, Judge Tatum said he has a good working relationship with the government leaders and will "give advice and counsel if needed".
For the Municipal Elections on August 25, 2020, and the United States General Election on November 3, 2020, Judge Tatum said "all would be done to ensure the safety of co-workers and voters at the polls" He urged voters and poll workers to wear facial masks and keep the 6-foot distancing. He said that Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill urges those who are concerned with voting at the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic to consider voting absentee. There is a statement on the absentee ballot, "I have physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls."
Judge Tatum advised the voters to take the COVID-19 seriously and wear masks.