Clerk says ballots proceed as normal

Fountain has not received mandate in wake of court ruling; absentee deadline is July 9

Although a federal judge has ruled in favor of plaintiffs who claim that some of Alabama's voting restrictions will create difficulties and risks created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Escambia County Circuit Clerk John Robert Fountain said he's received no new guidelines that have set July 9 as the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the July 14 runoffs.

U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon of the Northern District of Alabama granted part of a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed May 1 by groups and individuals that include People First of Alabama, the Alabama State Conference of the NAA...