Voters may come out on Tuesday with Greenville native on ballot

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 15, 2006

While he doesn't expect near the number of voters as the June 6 primary, Butler County Probate Judge Steve Norman said he does feel people will turn out for the Republican run-off election on Tuesday.

Norman said approximately 850 voters cast ballots in the Republican Primary in June. He thinks that number could double on July 18.

&#8220For one, there's no rule against Democrats voting in a Republican run-off,” said Norman. &#8220And I think most of the candidates in the run-off have encouraged that and want to see it.”

Two, said Norman, Butler County has a native in the hunt for Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3. Clay Crenshaw, of Greenville, faces Monroeville judge Sam Welch in the run-off, one of several statewide.

&#8220I think the fact that Clay is on the ballot is going to bring out some people,” said Norman. &#8220I look for anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 and who knows? It could be more than that.”

Norman said all poll workers are expected to be at the polls on Tuesday. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., as they did in June.

Crenshaw could be an easy winner in the run-off. He won 56 out of 67 counties during the primary.

He received an endorsement from The Montgomery Advertiser last week, but was criticized by The Birmingham News in an editorial for his unwavering belief in the death penalty's infallibility.

Crenshaw responded in letter to the newspaper that he firmly believed the 34 inmates executed by the state since 1982 &#8220were responsible for murdering 43 truly innocent persons” and deserved their punishment.

Also on the ballot, Luther Strange faces George Wallace, Jr. for Lt. Governor; Wes Allen faces Samantha Shaw for State Auditor; John Amari faces Perry O. Hooper, Jr. for Public Service Commission, Place 2; and Terri Willingham Thomas faces Phillip Wood for Court of Civil Appeals, Place 3.