Vote 2012 http://apr.org en Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace http://apr.org/post/alabama-voting-slightly-2008-pace <P>Alabama's voter turnout for Tuesday's election was slightly less than the unusually high performance four years ago.</P> <P>Secretary of State Beth Chapman said Wednesday the turnout for the general election was 72.4 percent. More than 73 percent of Alabama's voters participated in 2008. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:43:32 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20414 at http://apr.org Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace 10 Former And Current Justices Endorse Bob Vance http://apr.org/post/10-former-and-current-justices-endorse-bob-vance <P>Four of the justices who served on the Alabama Supreme Court with former Chief Justice Roy Moore are among 10 bipartisan former and current justices who have signed a letter endorsing Moore's opponent in the Nov. 6 chief justice election.</P> <P>Moore's opponent in the chief justice race, Democrat Bob Vance, held a news conference Tuesday in front of the Alabama Judicial Building to release the letter.</P> <P>Four of those who signed the letter were on the court on Nov. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:34:25 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20003 at http://apr.org 10 Former And Current Justices Endorse Bob Vance Countdown to Election: Al. District 4 http://apr.org/post/countdown-election-al-district-4 <p>As the November 6th elections draw near, APR News is taking a closer look at each of Alabama's congressional districts to understand what issues voters in those areas have on their minds leading into next month. This week, we take a look at Alabama's 4th Congressional District, which stretches from East to West Alabama and include the cities of Gadsden and Jasper. Doctor Larry Powell is an expert on political communications, political ads and polling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He says there have been fewer campaign ads for both local and national races this year.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:28:57 +0000 Maggie Martin 19650 at http://apr.org Countdown to Election: Al. District 4 Primaries Tuesday for 2 Vacant Alabama House Seats http://apr.org/post/primaries-tuesday-2-vacant-alabama-house-seats <div><p>Voters in four Alabama counties will begin the process Tuesday of filling two vacant seats in the Alabama House.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:31:52 +0000 The Associated Press 19647 at http://apr.org Primaries Tuesday for 2 Vacant Alabama House Seats Some Coastal Ala. Towns Have Isaac-Delayed Votes http://apr.org/post/some-coastal-ala-towns-have-isaac-delayed-votes <p>Voters in some towns in Baldwin and Mobile counties are headed to the polls to wrap up municipal elections delayed by Hurricane Isaac.</p><div><p>The election was originally scheduled for Aug. 28 but got pushed back to Sept. 11 because of the bad weather. That delayed the runoffs from Oct. 9 to Tuesday.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:18:05 +0000 The Associated Press 19645 at http://apr.org Some Coastal Ala. Towns Have Isaac-Delayed Votes Business Group Backing Bentley Ads For Job Money http://apr.org/post/business-group-backing-bentley-ads-job-money The political consulting firm that helped Robert Bentley win the governor's office is now helping persuade voters to give him more money to lure jobs to Alabama. Bentley is appearing in TV ads urging voters to vote yes on Amendment 2 in the election Nov. 6. The ads were done by Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:35:49 +0000 The Associated Press 19610 at http://apr.org Business Group Backing Bentley Ads For Job Money Overseas Voters Get Extra Time To Vote In Ala. http://apr.org/post/overseas-voters-get-extra-time-vote-ala Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says absentee ballots for military and overseas voters went out late from 22 counties and an extra 10 days is being provided for the return of the ballots. Chapman said federal law gives military and overseas voters 45 days to receive and return their absentee ballots. But not all ballots requested by the Sept. 22 deadline were sent out on time. She is extending the deadline for election officials to receive the ballots by 10 days to Nov. 16. But the ballots must be postmarked or given to a commercial carrier by Nov. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:32:08 +0000 The Associated Press 19472 at http://apr.org Overseas Voters Get Extra Time To Vote In Ala. Alabama Voters To Decide Union Organizing Issue http://apr.org/post/alabama-voters-decide-union-organizing-issue Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. In reality, it injects voters into a battle between labor and management. The ballot measure provides that Alabama citizens have a fundamental right to vote for public office and employee representation by secret ballot. If passed, it would prohibit unions from organizing by card check, where they get more than half of the employees at a company to check a box on a card saying they want union representation. The sponsor, Republican Rep. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:16:55 +0000 The Associated Press 19471 at http://apr.org Alabama Voters To Decide Union Organizing Issue 11 Constitutional Amendments On Alabama Ballot http://apr.org/post/11-constitutional-amendments-alabama-ballot <p>A description of the 11 proposed constitutional amendments appearing on Alabama ballots statewide on Nov. 6:</p><p>Amendment 1: Extends the state's Forever Wild land preservation program for 20 years.</p><p>Amendment 2: Allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama.</p><p>Amendment 3: Makes the small Baldwin County community of Stockton a landmark district to protect it against annexation from a nearby town.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:08:17 +0000 The Associated Press 19424 at http://apr.org 11 Constitutional Amendments On Alabama Ballot Voters Can Remove Language From Constitution http://apr.org/post/voters-can-remove-language-constitution Alabama voters on Nov. 6 will get another chance to remove racist sections of the Alabama Constitution. Amendment No. 4 on the ballot would remove language from the 1901 Alabama Constitution that includes providing for separate schools for black and white students and levying a poll tax. Supporters say this amendment is different from one narrowly rejected by voters in 2004. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:10:34 +0000 The Associated Press 19288 at http://apr.org Voters Can Remove Language From Constitution Countdown To Election: Ala. District 5 http://apr.org/post/countdown-election-ala-district-5 <DIV dir=ltr>Alabama's 5th congressional district covers the entire northern part of Alabama stretching from Florence to Huntsville. In Democratic hands for over a century it's only been recently that District 5 has gone Republican, with Mo Brooks victory in 2010. Brooks is being opposed this time around by Democrat Charlie Holley. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez spoke with Dr. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:28:23 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 19046 at http://apr.org Countdown To Election: Ala. District 5 Moore Says Churches Silenced By Political Correctness http://apr.org/post/moore-says-churches-silenced-political-correctness <P>Republican chief justice candidate Roy Moore says the church has been silenced by political correctness. Moore spoke Tuesday at a rally on the state Capitol steps.</P> <P>It was organized by several ministers concerned about President Obama's views on same-sex marriage and abortion.</P> <P>Moore said America is in a time of moral decay and is seeing an attack on the institution of marriage. He said he's tired of hearing politicians say let's get down to the real issues because marriage and abortion are real issues.</P> <P>About 200 people attended the event. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:15:24 +0000 The Associated Press 19019 at http://apr.org Moore Says Churches Silenced By Political Correctness Multiple Ala. Cities Hold Runoff Elections http://apr.org/post/multiple-ala-cities-hold-runoff-elections Numerous Alabama cities are holding municipal runoff elections, and the lines to vote likely won't be very long. Jacksonville State University political scientist and former congressman Glen Browder says such elections typically have a small turnout because few names are on the ballot. Retired University of Alabama political scientist Bill Stewart says voter fatigue also plays a role in the slim turnouts. Cities held runoff elections for mayor and city council statewide on Tuesday. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:54:10 +0000 The Associated Press 19017 at http://apr.org Multiple Ala. Cities Hold Runoff Elections Moore Says Same-Sex Marriage Will Be Nation's Downfall http://apr.org/post/moore-says-same-sex-marriage-will-be-nations-downfall Alabama Supreme Court candidate Roy Moore says same-sex marriage will lead to the "ultimate destruction" of America. The Republican nominee for chief justice made his comments during a Tea Party rally in Fort Payne on Saturday. Moore says same-sex marriage will lead to the nation's demise because it attacks the nation's foundation. Sun, 07 Oct 2012 17:08:09 +0000 The Associated Press 18930 at http://apr.org Moore Says Same-Sex Marriage Will Be Nation's Downfall Governor Bentley Touts Amendment 2 As Job Creator http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-touts-amendment-2-job-creator Gov. Robert Bentley is crisscrossing the state to ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment that could determine how successful he is in keeping his campaign promise to create jobs. Bentley is urging voters to approve Amendment 2 on Nov. 6. He says it will give the state a new avenue for providing incentives for industries to locate in Alabama. Alabama's Constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds for industrial incentives. The state is near that limit. Sun, 07 Oct 2012 16:58:49 +0000 The Associated Press 18929 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Touts Amendment 2 As Job Creator