Vote 2012

Political Comeback
5:15 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Acquitted Former Senator Makes Political Comeback

Acquitted former Sen. Larry Means has been elected mayor of Attalla.

A former state senator acquitted in Alabama's gambling corruption trial has made an overwhelming political comeback.

Former state Sen. Larry Means got elected mayor of Attalla on Tuesday night. He pulled in 69 percent of the vote in a four-way race.

Means got defeated in his Senate re-election bid in 2010 after getting indicted in Alabama's gambling corruption case. He was accused of voting for pro-gambling legislation in return for campaign contributions. He was cleared of all charges in two trials in 2011 and 2012.

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Isaac Impacts Elections
5:11 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Coastal Alabama Counties Delay Tuesday Election

Tropical Storm Isaac is impacting municipal elections in southwest Alabama. National Hurricane Center

Some towns in Alabama's two coastal counties are delaying their municipal elections Tuesday due to Isaac and the evacuation of some voters.

Officials in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Bay Minette, Dauphin Island, Magnolia Springs, Prichard, Loxley and Bayou La Batre say they plan to reschedule their municipal elections. Some are choosing Sept. 11 and others Sept. 25 as the new date. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier says the new date is subject to approval by the U.S. Justice Department under the Voting Rights Act.

Municpal Elections
4:43 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Justice Dept. Monitors Elections In 3 Ala. Towns

The Justice Department is assigning federal observers to polling places in the three Ala. towns.
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The Justice Department announced it will monitor municipal elections Tuesday in Lanett, Reform and Phenix City to ensure compliance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The Justice Department said it is assigning federal observers to polling places in the three towns.

The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in elections based on race, color or membership in a minority language group. The Justice Department said people can file complaints about discriminatory voting practices by calling toll-free 1-800-253-3931.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

September Referendum
4:32 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Alabama Trust Fund Not Taking Stand On $437M Vote

Gov. Bentley did not ask the Ala. Trust Fund Board to take a position on the Sept. 18 referendum. Office of the Governor

The board that oversees the Alabama Trust Fund is not taking a position on whether voters should approve taking more than $437 million out of the fund to help operate state government.

The board chairman, Gov. Robert Bentley, said he did not ask the board to take a position during a meeting Thursday because the board manages the $2.3 billion fund, but it's up to voters to decide the issue in a statewide referendum Sept. 18.

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Special Election
5:08 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Gov. Bentley Sets Special Election For Ala. House Seat

Gov. Bentley has set a schedule for the special election to fill the District 34 seat.

Gov. Robert Bentley has set a special election schedule to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta before the Legislature's next regular session.

Bentley selected Thomas last week to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission effective Sept. 1. Thomas is resigning from the Alabama House on Aug. 31.

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Chief Justice Race
12:45 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Vance only Democrat for Alabama chief justice

Judge Robert Vance is the Democratic nominee for Chief Justice.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. is the only Democrat to sign up to run for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

The Democratic Party's deadline to sign up was noon Wednesday.

The Democratic Party began seeking a new candidate after a party committee disqualified the original Democratic nominee, Pelham attorney Harry Lyon, on Friday. Lyon said Wednesday that he plans to vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore as a matter of principle.

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Balancing The Budget
4:53 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Ala. Governor: Pay Back $146 M To Trust Fund

Gov. Bentley and legislative leaders say they are committed to repaying money taken out of Ala. Trust Fund if voters say yes on Sept. 18.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says he and legislative leaders are committed to paying back the money if Alabama voters agree to take more than $437 million from a state trust fund to balance the state General Fund budget for three years.

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Chief Justice Race
4:16 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Birmingham Judge Signs Up For Ala. Chief Justice Race

Jefferson Co. Judge Robert Vance Jr. has signed up to run for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. has signed up to run as a Democrat for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Business Council Backs Ballot
4:32 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Business Council Of Alabama Supports Sept. Ballot

Alabamians will get to vote on various amendments September 18th.

A prominent business group, the Business Council of Alabama, has voted to support approval of a proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot Sept. 18.

The amendment would permit the removal of nearly $146 million a year for three years from a state trust fund for use in balancing the state General Fund budget.

BCA President William Canary said Alabama is in a "predicament because of a sustained, ongoing failure of leadership," but imminent hardship will occur if the constitutional amendment is not approved.

Voter Registration Hoax
4:53 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Ala. Knocking Down Voter Registration Hoax Alabama Secretary of State

State officials say an online hoax is spreading untrue rumors about voting registration in Alabama. Secretary of State Beth Chapman says email messages and Facebook posts are claiming people need to re-register to vote in the upcoming election if they haven't voted since 2008. But Chapman says the messages aren't true. She says voters' names will still be on the voter lists regardless of whether they voted in past elections. Chapman says federal law specifically prohibits states from removing people from voter rolls for failing to cast ballots Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.