How to make exceptions on a straight party ballot this election

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Election Day is days away.

Some candidates are fighting to earn last-minute votes from those of you who usually mark a straight party ticket.

In the final days before Alabamians make their choices, some candidates are looking for cross-over votes.

They're trying to steer voters away from turning in completely straight-ticket ballots.

Joe Hubbard, Democratic nominee for Attorney General, recently sent out flyers to target Republican voters. On them, he outlined how to choose a different candidate in one category, while voting straight-ticket on every other.

Waymon Burke, Calhoun Community College professor, told WHNT News 19 it's a strategy.

"His people must feel there's a net gain by going over and seeking some disenchanted Republican voters," he said.

Hubbard sent WHNT News 19 this statement:

""Republicans across the state have asked me what steps they can take to support me while also supporting their party. The mailer, which I sent to Republican voters, outlines the two steps necessary to vote straight ticket and mark Joe Hubbard to get rid of Luther Strange."

We asked Madison County Election Administrator Frank Barger how voters can go about making exceptions on their own otherwise straight-ticket ballots. He said it's been possible for years, but he still receives questions about it from voters before Election Day.

"We do get a great number of questions about straight-ticket voting," he said.

"If a voter marks the ballot, and they mark it straight ticket and you want to make a selection for office [who is not] in that ticket, that selection will override your straight party vote. But only in that category."

Burke added that Alabama has trended more Republican over the past few years. He believes it's possible Democrats like Hubbard are trying to target people who vote straight Republican because the percentage of straight-ticket Republican voters has also increased.

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