Vote 2012

Forever Wild
11:48 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Ala. Voters Will Decide On Extending Forever Wild

Alabama voters will decide Nov. 6th if land conservation trust fund Forever Wild will continue. Alabama Forever Wild

Alabama voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to continue a 20-year-old program that has allowed the state to buy 220,000 acres of public land to be used for hunting, fishing, birding and other activities.

It's the second time Alabama residents have been asked to vote on Forever Wild. The first was in 1992, when voters authorized the state to buy wilderness lands.

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Politics & Government
6:58 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Groups Try to Increase Hispanic Voting in Ala

There's a new push to increase Hispanic voter registration in Alabama.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will host a voter registration drive aimed at Hispanic citizens on Saturday.

The event is being co-sponsored by Rivera Communications, which operates a Spanish-language radio station that broadcasts in central Alabama. The station is promoting the drive on the air.

Politics & Government
11:34 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Countdown to Election: Al. District 2

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (Al-2)

(Martin): For residents in Alabama's second congressional district, what are the issues they're going to be concerned with this election season?

(Taylor): Well I think clearly the issues that are most in the minds of people in the second district is true across the state is still the state of the economy and jobs, I think the themes that are important to the district are mostly generic ones like the basic state of the economy.

(Maggie): Now there’s also Fort Rocker which is in Dale County what will this US army post look for this election season? 

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Voters to Decide on Rewritten Constitution Parts

Alabama House member Paul DeMarco.

Some members of the Alabama Legislature have been trying for more than 10 years to rewrite the Alabama Constitution by doing it one article at a time.

Two of the rewritten articles are finally ready to go before voters. Proposed amendments rewriting two sections on the 1901 Constitution relating to banking and corporations passed the Alabama House and Senate earlier this year and will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

It's a similar process that was used in the early 1970s to rewrite the state's judicial articles.

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Politics & Government
8:26 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Alabama GOP Sending Volunteers to Battlegrounds

Alabama's Republican Party chairman is traveling across the state to announce that the party will send volunteers to battleground states because Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to carry Alabama by a wide margin.

Party Chairman Bill Armistead is calling the effort Alabama Battleground Patriots.

A party spokeswoman says Armistead plans stops Monday in Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile and Dothan. He will be in Hoover on Tuesday.

The Republican nominee for president has carried Alabama in every election since 1980.

Politics & Government
1:49 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Countdown to Election: Al District 1

U.S. voters are just a few weeks shy of casting their ballot for president. Both candidates have discussed several issues during their campaigns, with economic recovery taking the forefront. That’s an issue that resonates with residents in Alabama’s first congressional district, which includes Mobile. Several developments over the summer are spurring economic growth in the coastal city, including an agreement with Airbus.

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September Referendum
4:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Alabama Voters Approve Budget Proposal 2-To-1

Alabama voters have passed a constitutional amendment to balance the state budget.
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Alabama voters have decided by a 2-to-1 margin to support the withdrawal of $437 million from a state trust fund to help balance the General Fund budget for the next three years.

Gov. Robert Bentley called it a temporary funding bridge to maintain essential state services while state officials work on right-sizing government.

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September Budget Referendum
3:53 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Alabamians To Vote On Amendment to Balance the General Fund Budget

Voters head to the polls Sept. 18th to vote on a constitutional amendment to balance the state's General Fund budget.
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The Alabama Nursing Home Association is proud of the fact that at least one nursing home is available in every county in the state. But if the budget referendum taking place tomorrow fails that effort could be in danger. John Matson is a spokesman for the Alabama Nursing Home Association. He says a vote of "no" tomorrow could spell deep cuts on the horizon.

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Sept. Budget Referendum
5:10 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Critics Urge 'No' Vote On Sept. 18 Ala. Referendum

Protestors are encouraging people to vote "no" on the Sept. 18 budget referendum.

About 50 people gathered on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to urge residents to vote "no" Tuesday on a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of $437.4 million from the Alabama Trust Fund to be used for Medicaid, prisons and other state services.

Holding signs urging voters to not "bust" the trust fund, the demonstrators Thursday listened to representatives of grassroots groups who said the principle from the fund, established by former Gov. Fob James, was never meant to be spent.

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Campaign Finances
5:14 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Aderholt Pays $13K Fine For Finance Reports

U.S. Rep. Aderholt's re-election campaign was fined $13,000 in penalties for filing inaccurate finance reports. Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt's re-election campaign has paid $13,000 in penalties for filing inaccurate finance reports.

The documents released recently by the Federal Election Commission show Aderholt's campaign account misrepresented how much money it raised; spent; and had on hand for several years.

Records show more than $58,000 in campaign receipts were misstated from 2006 through 2010. And there were inaccurate records about how $129,600 was spent. Another $273,000 wasn't deposited into the campaign account within the required 10-day period.

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Voter Resources
6:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Special Election: Alabama Trust Fund Amendment

Alabama Senator Arthur Orr (R), one of the sponsors of SB 147.
Alabama State Senate

On September 18th, 2012, Alabama will be holding a special election to vote on a state constitutional amendment which will move money from the Alabama Trust Fund into the General Trust Fund. 

Click on the links below to view the original documents, including SB 147 which details how the funds will be distributed.

Proposed Statewide Amendment for September 18th

September Budget Referendum
4:14 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Ala. Election Chief Expects Small Turnout Sept. 18

Secretary of State Chapman expects a low turnout for the Sept. 18 budget referendum vote. Alabama Secretary of State

Alabama's chief election official is expecting a small turnout for the special election Sept. 18 because of the lack of advertising and the unusual date.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman said the turnout for constitutional amendment elections usually is very low.

The exceptions were the lottery vote in 1999 and the tax hike vote in 2003, which hit 50 percent or more. But she said those were backed by millions in advertising. That hasn't been the case with the upcoming election.

Chapman said she's expecting a turnout of 20 to 21 percent, but that may be optimistic.

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Politics & Government
8:49 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Friday Deadline to Register to Vote in Alabama

Friday is the deadline to register to vote in Alabama's constitutional amendment referendum on Sept. 18.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman says citizens can register at their local board of registrars or they can fill out forms at state and county offices that provide public assistance, such as the state Department of Human Resources. She says forms are also available when obtaining or renewing a driver's license.

Chapman is also reminding voters that Thursday, Sept. 13 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the referendum.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Roy Moore Has 2nd Best Fundraising Month

Republican chief justice candidate Roy Moore had his second best fundraising month so far in August.

Moore filed a campaign finance report Friday showing he raised more than $82,000 in August. That was topped only by his $102,000 in June.

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September Referendum
4:40 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Gov. Bentley Says No New Taxes If Vote Fails

Gov. Bentley says no new taxes if voters vote no on a budget proposal Sept. 18.
State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't propose any tax increases if Alabama voters reject a proposal to take more than $437 million out of a state trust fund to use for the state General Fund budget. Bentley said he made a promise to the people of Alabama that he wouldn't raise taxes on families and he intends to keep that promise. Bentley said he will also veto any broad-based taxes passed by the Legislature. Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur said the governor's no-tax position means it's almost certain the Legislature won't pass a tax.