Qualifying deadline for Democrats, Republicans

Alabama-legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The field for Alabama’s elections will become clearer by the end of the day.

Friday is the deadline for Democratic and Republican candidates to sign up with their parties to participate in the primary elections June 3. Both party headquarters are set up to process a rush of candidates on the final day.

The deadline for candidates has traditionally been in April, but it got moved up this year. The earlier deadline is part of the state’s settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to make sure the military and other Alabamians living overseas have plenty of time to get and return absentee ballots.

Independent candidates have until June 3 to submit the voter signatures needed to run in the general election.

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