Sample Ballot for 11/3/2020
Below you will find links to the major areas on your ballot for November 3rd, 2020 including candidates running unopposed, local versus national level, and amendments that have been added for the state of Alabama. The Common Ballot references those candidates being voted on at a state-wide and city level, and District Candidates refers to the 6 districts in Huntsville and any positions up for election in each. District level candidates can only be voted on by those who live within that district. If you are unsure what district you live in, don’t hesitate to reach out and one of our Volunteers can help you find your district.
Alabama is one of six states that still use Straight-Party Voting, which started losing popularity between the 1960’s and 70’s due to an overly complex system. On today’s ballots, Straight-Party Voting is as simple as choosing either the Democratic or Republican party and any candidates that are part of your party of choice will automatically receive your vote. However, if you would like to vote for any candidate running for any office outside the party that you have chosen at the beginning of your ballot, you may do so by marking the space next to the candidate’s name.
Contested offices (President and Vice President of the USA, Alabama’s US Senator, and the Public Service Commission President) are listed first and followed by all of the uncontested offices and those running for election on the sample ballot for the general election on November 3rd, 2020.
Candidates for President & Vice President of the USA
JOSEPH R. BIDEN & KAMALA D. HARRIS
Democratic Party Candidates
Biden’s 2020 core platform focuses on tax reform, economic recovery, racial and social equity, criminal justice and prison reform, affordable health care, affordable education, reducing gun violence, clean energy, and immigration reform and modernization. Biden has pledged to protect the Affordable Care Act and build on it to reduce costs and lessen the complexity. Biden has stated he will prioritize reunification of detained immigrant families and end Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols, to restore asylum laws. Criminal justice and prison reforms promised to include a distinct effort to shift the country’s focus from incarceration to prevention, including measures such as: ending for-profit private prisons, ending the cash-bail system, incentivizing states to expand social services instead of incarceration, and expand access to mental health resources.
You can visit the campaign website to learn more about Joe’s vision and where he stands on the issues here on his website.
About Joe Biden
Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden received a double-major bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Delaware at Newark, followed by a Juris Doctorate of Law from Syracuse University.
Biden is best known for his political career in the U.S. Senate, serving as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee and his two terms as the Vice President under Barack Obama. Over his career, Biden was re-elected six times to the U.S. Senate and has passed countless pieces of legislation ranging in topics from foreign policy to government accountability.
Considered a moderate Democrat, Biden has supported government stimulus policy, increased infrastructure spending, legislation protecting the environment, a carbon-free power sector, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, and reduced military spending. Biden has a legislative track record of note, co-sponsoring the Sense of the Senate resolution and the Boxer-Sanders Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, the HIV Prevention Act, also voting in support of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention, and Consumer Protection Act, and drafting The Violence Against Women Act. Biden supports disciplined military spending and keeping the United States military as a powerful tool alongside diplomacy and promotion of democracy.
“A look at the environmental record of Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s running mate”. Grist. January 3, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2008.
“Joseph R. Biden, Jr. – Council on Foreign Relations”. Archived from the original on February 6, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
“Joe Biden on Government Reform”. Joe Biden on the Issues. OnTheIssues.org. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
Axelrod, Tal. “Biden announces endorsements from End Citizens United, Let America Vote”. The Hill. Retrieved August 28, 2020
Biden, Joe (February 17, 2010). “Assessing the Recovery Act: ‘The best is yet to come'”. USA Today. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
Biden, Joe (January 27, 2011). “Biden: Mubarak Is Not a Dictator, But People Have a Right to Protest”. PBS NewsHour. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
Andrew Gussert (September 17, 2008). “Biden’s Record on Trade”. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy/Citizens Trade Campaign.
Kevin O’Neill, L. Charles Landgraf, Amy Budner Smith, David J.M. Skillman & Marne Marotta (February 21, 2020). “Trading “America First” for American Leadership in Trade Policy”. Arnold & Porter.
DONALD J. TRUMP & MICHAEL R. PENCE
Republican Party Candidates/Incumbents
Trump’s core focal issues include further economic development, tightening immigration policy, and an overhaul of healthcare. Trump opposes: federally mandated racial sensitivity training, government environmental regulation, defunding law enforcement, criminal justice reform, immigration sanctuary cities, federal decriminalization of marijuana (States rights issue), and abortion, except in certain circumstances.
To find out more about how he stands on the issues you can visit the Trump sponsored website here.
About Donald Trump
Donald Trump was born and raised in Queens New York, attended Fordham University, and graduated from the Wharton School of Finance. He took on the job title of president at his father’s company in the early ’70s and began his career in building and development.
Best known as a celebrity businessman, Trump produced and starred in the reality television show The Apprentice from 2003-2015. Trump became the 45th President of the United States in 2016 after winning the electoral college vote and losing the popular vote.
Throughout Trump’s first presidential term, he has proven himself a firm conservative politician. In his first term, Trump has begun building and improving U.S. border security, enacting federal tax cuts, increasing defense spending, establishing the U.S. Space Force, focusing on bringing manufacturing jobs back to America, and renegotiating trade agreements between foreign trade partners. Trump’s 2020 campaign platform has plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), continue construction of a U.S. southern border wall, appoint conservative judges and supreme court justices, further strengthen the military, and end certain economic regulations to spur on the economy.
marijuana: Sullivan, Eileen (June 8, 2018). “Trump Says He’s Likely to Back Marijuana Bill, in Apparent Break With Sessions”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
abortion : de Vogue, Ariane (November 15, 2016). “Trump: Same-sex marriage is ‘settled,’ but Roe v Wade can be changed”. 60 Minutes. CBS. Retrieved November 30, 2016 – via CNN.
racial sensitivity training: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/22/915843471/trump-expands-ban-on-racial-sensitivity-training-to-federal-contractors
environmental regulation: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/05/climate/trump-environment-rules-reversed.html
JO JORGENSEN & JEREMY “Spike” COHEN
Libertarian Party Candidates
Born in Libertyville, Illinois, Jo Jorgensen received a bachelor of science in psychology at Baylor University, a master degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University, and earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Clemson University. Jorgensen has taught Psychology at Clemson University since 2006 (“Jo Jorgensen Biography”).
Jo on The Issues
Jorgensen opposes single-payer healthcare and instead favors a free market system where she believes healthcare providers would compete by meeting consumer demand for low prices. In Jorgensen’s plan, individuals would have a personal healthcare spending account and use that account to pay for services with a provider of their choice (“About Jo Jorgensen Campaign”).
Jorgensen is against the war on drugs, qualified immunity, and urges the demilitarization of police (“Jo Jorgensen’s Bold, Practical, LIbertariean Vision for America’s Future”) (DiStaso).
Jorgensen supports cuts to government spending and deregulation (“Taxes”). Jorgensen is against the building of President Trump’s border wall and believes that immigration is beneficial to the economy (Mondeaux).
Jorgensen opposes mask mandates and stay-at-home put in place as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Gillespie). She believes that individual businesses should be allowed to institute their own mask requirements, and that market competition would push businesses to adopt safety measures (Gillespie).
“About Jo Jorgensen Campaign”. https://jo20.com/about/
DiStaso, John. June, 4, 2020. WMUR.com. <https://www.wmur.com/article/nh-primary-source-libertarian-presidential-candidate-jorgensen-urges-end-of-police-militarization/32761826 >
Gillespie, Nick (September 23, 2020). “Jo Jorgensen: Don’t Waste Your Vote on Trump or Biden”. Reason (Podcast). Event occurs at 21:48–29:06. <https://reason.com/podcast/jo-jorgensen-dont-waste-your-vote-on-trump-or-biden/ >
“Jo Jorgensen Biography”. ProCon.org. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. August 26, 2020. <https://2020election.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=007129 >
“Jo Jorgensen’s Bold, Practical, Libertarian Vision for America’s Future”. Jo Jorgensen for President 2020. Archived from the original on May 25, 2020.
Mondeaux, Cami. “The alternative presidential candidate: Jo Jorgensen runs for the Libertarian Party”, KLS News radio 102.7 FM, July 5, 2020 <https://kslnewsradio.com/1928628/the-alternative-presidential-candidate-jo-jorgensen-for-the-libertarian-party/? >
“Taxes”. Jo Jorgensen for President. <https://jo20.com/issues/taxes/ >
“Trade & Immigration”. Jo Jorgensen for President. <https://jo20.com/issues/trade-immigration/ >
Candidates for United States Senator
We have taken the time to compile information on both candidates from several sources about both the candidate and their political platform, and have provided the information below. You can find more about each candidate by following the link to their website provided below, or by following some of the links provided in the sources section.
Born in Fairfield, Alabama, attended the University of Alabama for his undergraduate education and received his law degree from Samford University.
Best known for his work as a U.S. Attorney and successfully prosecuting four Ku Klux Klan members responsible for the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and death of four young girls inside the church..
Considered a “conservative democrat” or a “moderate” compared to other Senate Democrats based on his voting record and former chair of the Alabama Democratic Party (Five Thirty Eight) (McLaughlin). Jones has called for and supported bipartisan solutions (Gore) (Gattis) and emphasizes the importance of “kitchen table” issues such as healthcare, the economy, and education (Lyman, July 7, 2017). Half of the bills cosponsored by Jones were introduced by legislators that were Republican (govtrack.us). Jones introduced the “Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act”, which was later incorporated into the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, and signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. (govtrack.us)
Jones does not support a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) but has called for changes to the US’s “broken” health care system. Jones supports offering a pathway to citizenship to undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, increasing federal funding for border security, but has not voted in support of funding for President Trump’s border wall (Schoen).
Born in Camden, Arkansas and received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Southern Arkansas University.
Best known for his role as head coach at Auburn football from 1998-2009 and receiving several “coach of the year” awards in 2004.
Likely leans conservative, but there is no voting record to determine his political stance with complete certainty. Tuberville has campaigned as someone that would support President Trump’s agenda, and received the President’s endorsement over his primary competitor Jeff Sessions (Haberman).
Tuberville favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and supports President Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the border with Mexico (Lyman, July 14, 2020). It appears that Tuberville could support cuts to social programs and other “entitlements”, but he has not taken an official policy statement (Sharp).. During a May 2019 interview on conservative talk radio Tuberville expressed interest in somewhat privatizing Social Security, by favoring the idea of allowing people to direct their Social Security Payments to a 401(k) type account (Jackson).. However, according to Tubberville’s campaign manager the candidate was “spitballing” and has “not committed to any changes” to social security (Greenberg).
Senate Candidate Information Sources:
“S. 622 — 116th Congress: Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act of 2019.” www.GovTrack.us. 2019. October 4, 2020 <https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s622>
Gattis, Paul (January 19, 2019). “Sen. Doug Jones calls Trump proposal ‘hopeful sign'”. Al.com. <https://www.al.com/news/2019/01/sen-doug-jones-calls-trump-proposal-hopeful-sign.html >
Gore, Leada (January 20, 2018). “Sen. Doug Jones votes for Republican-backed budget deal”. AL.com. < http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/sen_doug_jones_will_vote_for_r.html >
Greenberg, Jon. (August 13, 2020). Politifact. “Doug Jones exaggerates Tommy Tuberville’s Position on Social Security, Medicare”. <https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/aug/13/doug-jones/doug-jones-misleads-about-tommy-tubervilles-positi/ >
Haberman, Maggie, (March 10, 2020). New York TImes. “Trump Endorses Tommy Tuberville (and Not Jeff Sessions) for Senate in Alabama”. < https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/10/us/politics/trump-tommy-tuberville-sessions.html >
Howell, Ed (October 30, 2019). “Tubberville Talks on issues during DME Interview”. Daily Mountain Eagle. <http://mountaineagle.com/stories/tuberville-talks-on-issues-during-dme-interview,22557 >
Jackson, Dale (May 2, 2019). The Dale Jackson Show. “Dale and Coach Tommy Tuberville discuss his run for US Senate in 2020 and where he stands on important issues”. <https://audioboom.com/posts/7249662-dale-and-coach-tommy-tuberville-discuss-his-run-for-us-senate-in-2020-and-where-he-stands-on-impo >
Lyman, Brian (July 14, 2020). “Tommy Tuberville defeats Jeff Sessions in Alabama Republican Senate runoff”. USA Today. <https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/07/14/tommy-tuberville-defeats-jeff-sessions-alabama-gop-senate-runoff-results/5440395002/ >
Lyman, Brian (July 7, 2017). “Alabama Senate profile: Doug Jones wants to stress ‘kitchen table issues'”. Montgomery Advertiser. < mclahttp://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/politics/southunionstreet/2017/07/05/alabama-senate-profile-doug-jones-wants-stress-kitchen-table-issues/435601001/ >
McLaughlin. (November 19, 2017). The Washington Times. “Doug Jones, Roy Moore’s opponent in Alabama, campaigns as political bridge-builder”. <https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/19/doug-jones-roy-moores-opponent-in-alabama-on-verge/ >
Schoen, John W. (February 16, 2018). “How your senators voted on failed immigration proposals”. CNBC. <https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/16/heres-how-your-senators-voted-on-failed-immigration-proposals.html >
Sharp, John. (August 12, 2020). AL.com. “Doug Jones calls out Tuberville for Medicare, SSI stance while clashing with PAC over economy”.
Candidates for Public Service Commission President
This candidate has responded to the Vote Huntsville Questionnaire and we have shared her responses here.
Why are you running for this position?
I am running for President of the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) to bring cheaper, cleaner energy to Alabama. We in Alabama pay the highest power bills in America. That burden falls directly on the two-thirds of our state powered by Alabama Power. The PSC decides the price Alabama Power customers must pay for electricity. Those prices give Alabama Power a profit of about 13%, even as interest rates in America approach zero. That is a billion dollar per year windfall to Alabama Power on the backs of the workers, retirees and families of Alabama. At the same time, the PSC has blocked residential solar by approving a sky-high solar fee. That fee prices Alabama Power customers out of home solar panels, just to protect Alabama Power’s bottom line. As a result, only 132 homes out of the 1.3 million served by Alabama Power utilize solar panels. The consequences of the AL PSC decisions on our wallets, our economy, our environment and our government are devastating. It is time to bring reform, accountability and transparency to the PSC, and all the benefits that come with it for the people of Alabama. That’s why I’m running to be the next President of the Public Service Commission.
Many are struggling to pay their utility bills due to Covid 19. What are your plans to help the citizens of Alabama keep their power on while we get through this pandemic?
We must lower power bills immediately for the people of Alabama. Approximately 25 to 40% of every Alabama Power bill goes JUST TO PAY PROFITS. Those profits are a windfall to corporate executives and shareholders on the backs of our workers, families and retirees. The Public Service Commission must start working for us. On top of lowering rates, our PSC must start tracking how many Alabama Power customers are falling behind in their payments and by how much. When the PSC doesn’t track who in our state is in need, nobody in our state can take the actions needed to help residents in trouble. It is a reckless and dangerous irresponsibility when the health and welfare of our most vulnerable neighbors is at stake. The PSC must be a place where all customers can turn for help. It is time to put the â€œPUBLICâ€ back in Public Service Commission.
Do you support the installation of alternative power sources on both commercial and residential properties? If yes, how do you plan to keep it affordable? If no, please explain.
Yes. Alternative power sources are affordable. The only thing preventing them from being affordable in Alabama right now is the Public Service Commission. The fees the PSC has approved to block alternative energy for the sake of protecting Alabama Power’s bottom line are indefensible. Those fees must be lowered. The willingness of the current PSC to put Alabama Power interests over our own has had devastating impacts on our wallets, our environment and our economy.
Since some renewable energy sources are more economical than the traditional fossil fuels, would you support any initiatives to bring in renewable energy sources as main power sources?
Yes, I would. Renewables are now cheaper (even without subsidies) than the cheapest coal-fired plants and natural gas plants, without the environmental costs, which are immeasurable. Over the past decade, across the U.S., we’ve seen customers save money when utilities adopt clean energy. Most states have moved to a system where the generation of the power is not owned by the utility. The utility purchases and transmits the power on their grid, but the generation is owned by many competing companies, which naturally drives down the cost of generation, resulting in lower bills for the customer. The economic benefit of clean energy has driven an increase in renewables in these markets. But here in the Southeast, we are trapped by a model where the utility owns the transmission AND generation, and profits off of how huge and expensive these assets are. If a plant costs more to build and operate, that benefits Alabama Power because of the guaranteed profits they receive as a percentage of the cost to build and maintain that plant. This perverse incentive drives Alabama Power to perform backflips to justify new plants, such as suddenly deeming sunny Alabama a “winter peaking” state. Alabama’s regulatory model is incompatible with cleaner, cheaper energy, because adoption of such would mean a reduction in profits for the utility. The Public Service Commission exists to keep energy monopolies from taking advantage of customers. Therefore, the PSC must mandate incorporation of cleaner, cheaper energy into the mix.
How do you plan to bring about more transparency from your office?
The doors to the PSC are closed in every way. They must be opened. We have not had a public rate hearing on our base electricity rates in forty years. That means every year, we pay billions of dollars to Alabama Power for secret expenses and those windfall profits. We are long overdue for a public hearing. I sued the commission this year for closing their meetings (in particular, a hearing on that sky-high solar fee) to public recording in violation of our Open Meetings Act. I lost, at both the trial court and the state Supreme Court. That loss should serve as a warning to all of us about how important the business of this commission is and how many of our officials will go to lengths to keep that business behind closed doors. The Supreme Court found against us, the public, because the commissioners successfully argued that if they don’t speak at their own rate hearings, that if they stay SILENT, then public rate hearings cannot be considered public meetings. A shameful result all around. But nothing in any of that prevents the commission from finally opening its doors, holding those long overdue hearings, PARTICIPATING IN THEM, and live streaming them for widespread public consumption. That’s what I will do when I am the next President of YOUR Public Service Commission.
TWINKLE ANDRESS CAVANAUGH
This candidate has not responded to the Vote Huntsville Questionnaire if and when she does, her responses will be shared here.
About Twinkle Cavanaugh
“Twinkle” Andress Cavanaugh is called the “Working Commissioner” because she comes to work each day striving to keep Alabama’s utility rates some of the lowest in the nation. She has a three pronged approach to regulating utilities. Twinkle insists on reasonable rates and reliable utilities for consumers, which facilitates recruiting jobs to our Great State. During her term in office she has achieved many accomplishments, some of which include:
- Sponsoring and passing a strong Ethics Policy,
- Demonstrating her commitment to reducing the size of state government by reducing the size of the Commission by about 20% and concentrating the talent within the Agency by creating a stand alone Electricity Division,
- Saving tax payers money by refusing a state car and all other perks associated with her office,
- Promoting business incentives that help small businesses thrive and encourage development of new businesses in Alabama,
- Consistently taking the EPA to task on their over-reaching regulations,
- Pushing for time of use rates that allow customers an additional way to achieve savings in their home utility bills,
- Actively working with Alabama’s farmers to keep their utility costs down,
- Offering encouragement to victims of the devastating storms that occurred in Alabama.
Twinkle brings to the Public Service Commission a diverse background in public service, conservative policy-making, and small business. Twinkle has been active in public service for many years. She served in Governor Riley’s cabinet as Senior Advisor, and also developed extensive experience in dealing with national issues while working for former Congressman Sonny Callahan. A deep-rooted commitment to conservative causes and policy is prevalent throughout Twinkle’s work experience. She worked at the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. She served as Executive Director of the Alabama Republican Party, and later became the first female Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.
Twinkle also served as the State Director of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), a national organization promoting lower taxes for American families. At CSE, she worked to push President Bush’s tax cuts through Congress. During her tenure at CSE, she also helped cities and towns across Alabama stop tax increases and fought for tougher tort reform laws. Having owned several small businesses, Twinkle understands the challenges facing small businesses and Alabama families.
Twinkle is a graduate of Auburn University. She and her husband have three children. They are active members of First Baptist Church in Montgomery, and they are involved in numerous community organizations.”
Cavanaugh bio from http://psc.alabama.gov/Cavanaugh/bio.htm
Uncontested Elected Offices
An uncontested election is an election in which the number of candidates is the same or less than the number of places available for election meaning all candidates are guaranteed to be elected. Uncontested single-winner elections are where only one candidate is running for office. In some uncontested elections, the normal process, of voters casting ballots and election official counting votes, is canceled as superfluous and costly; in other cases, the election proceeds as a formality. There are some election systems where the absence of opposing candidates may not guarantee victory; possible factors are a quorum or minimum voter turnout; none of the above options; or write-in candidate options on the ballot.
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, 5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT, PLACE NO. 1
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT, PLACE NO. 2
COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS JUDGE, PLACE NO. 1
WILLIAM C. “Bill” THOMPSON
COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS JUDGE, PLACE NO. 2
COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS JUDGE, PLACE NO. 1
COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS JUDGE, PLACE NO. 2
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, 23RD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, PLACE NO. 2
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, 23RD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, PLACE NO. 4
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, MADISON COUNTY, PLACE NO. 1
PATRICK M. TUTEN
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, MADISON COUNTY, PLACE NO. 4
CHAIRMAN, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSION
MADISON COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR
MADISON COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR
MADISON COUNTY LICENSE DIRECTOR
District Specific Candidates
Currently, none of the candidates running for Madison County Commission Members for Districts 1-6 are contested. However, in Alabama, you are allowed to write-in candidates for these offices and oftentimes there are write-in campaigns from locals looking to be elected.
MEMBER, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 1
MEMBER, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 2
MEMBER, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 3
CRAIG W. HILL
R MEMBER, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 4
MEMBER, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 5
MEMBER, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 6
The Alabama State legislature proposes constitutional amendments during their legislative sessions. If the amendment passes with a three-fifths or 60% vote, then the amendment gets put on the statewide ballot. This is why you are allowed to vote on amendments that impact areas all over the state and not just near where you live. If the majority of voters vote in favor of the amendments, then they will be added to the state constitution.
Amendment 1 on your ballot is about voting rights. This amendment is seeking to change the wording of this amendment. It currently states [A1]:
“Every citizen of the United States who has attained the age of eighteen years and has resided in this state and in a county thereof for the time provided by law, if registered as provided by law, shall have the right to vote in the county of his or her residence. The Legislature may prescribe reasonable and nondiscriminatory requirements as prerequisites to registration for voting. The Legislature shall, by statute, prescribe a procedure by which eligible citizens can register to vote”
At A Glance
The proposed amendment is seeking to change the word “every” to “only”.
- If you vote “yes” you are choosing to change the wording.
- If you vote “no” you are choosing to keep the wording the same.
Amendment 2 on your ballot is about the Judicial System Restructuring Measure. The following are the 6 proposed changes to the state judicial system [A1].
“Provides that county districts do not have to hold city court in a city with a population of less than 1,000
Allows the Alabama Supreme Court, rather than the Chief Justice, to appoint the Administrative Director of Courts.
Increases from 9 to 11 the total membership of the Judicial Inquiry Commission and determines who appoints each member (the Judicial Inquiry Commission evaluates ethics complaints filed against judges).
Allows the Governor, rather than the Lieutenant Governor, to appoint a member of the Court of the Judiciary (the Court of the Judiciary hears complaints filed by the Judicial Inquiry Commission).
Prevents a judge from being automatically disqualified from holding office simply because a complaint was filed with the Judiciary Inquiry Commission.
Provides that a judge can be removed from office only by the Court of the Judiciary.”
At A Glance
- If you vote “yes” on Amendment 2, you are voting to support these changes and revisions of the state constitution.
- If you vote “no” on Amendment 2, you are choosing to keep the existing provisions.
Amendment 3 on your ballot is another state judiciary proposition. The following is the Madison County Sample Ballot summary for this Amendment [A1]:
“This amendment changes the initial term of a judge that is appointed to fill a vacancy due to death, resignation, retirement, or removal. The current law and this proposed amendment do not apply to probate judges.
Under current law, the initial term of office for a person appointed to fill a vacancy in a judgeship shall last until the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January following the next general election held after the person has completed one year in office or the remainder of the original term for the judge elected to the office which is vacant, whichever is longer. The term of appointment could vary widely due to years left in the original term. At the election, the judicial office shall be filled for a full term. Under this amendment, a judge appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve an initial term lasting until the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January following the next general election held after the person has completed two years in office. At the election, the judicial office shall be filled for a full term.”
At A Glance
Circuit Court judges and District Court judges, when elected, serve in six-year terms.
- If you vote “yes” you are voting to have appointed judges serve a two-year term before having the chance to be reelected
- If you vote “no” you are voting to keep the process the same which means having appointed judges serve a one-year term or the remainder of the original term (whichever is longer) before facing reelection.
Amendment 4 on your ballot is about constitutional language. The following is the Madison County Sample Ballot summary for this amendment [A1]:
“Alabama’s constitution can be changed only during a constitutional convention or when a majority of voters approve a constitutional amendment.
If a majority of voters vote “yes” on Amendment 4, the Alabama Legislature, when it meets in 2022, would be allowed to draft a rearranged version of the state constitution. This draft could only (1) remove racist language, (2) remove language that is repeated or no longer applies, (3) combine language related to economic development, and (4) combine language that relates to the same county. No other changes could be made.
Even if passed by the Alabama Legislature, this rearranged version would not become law until it was approved by the majority of voters.“
At A Glance
- If you vote “yes” you are voting to support a rearrangement draft of the Alabama Constitution that would remove racist language, remove outdated and repeated language, combine economic development language, and combine language relating to the same county.
- If you vote “no” you are voting to keep the Alabama Constitution as is and oppose the rearrangement draft.
Amendment 5 on your ballot deals with firearms and “Stand Your Ground” laws. The following is the Madison County Sample Ballot summary for this amendment [A1]:
“Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law allows a person to legally use physical force against another person under certain conditions. The law does not require the person to retreat before using physical force.
If a majority of voters in Alabama vote “yes” on Amendment 5, and if, in addition, a majority of voters in Franklin County vote “yes” on Amendment 5, the state constitution would contain a special “Stand Your Ground” law that applies to churches in Franklin County only.
If a majority of voters in Alabama vote “no” on Amendment 5, or, if a majority of voters in Franklin County vote “no” on Amendment 5, the state constitution would not contain a special “Stand Your Ground” law that applies to churches in Franklin County.”
This amendment affects Franklin County ONLY.
At A Glance
- If you vote “yes” you are voting to amend the Alabama Constitution to add a law allowing those in Franklin County to be able to stand their ground and defend (including use of deadly force) themselves and others in churches.
- If you vote “no” you are voting to not amend the Alabama Constitution and you are voting to oppose adding a law allowing Franklin County being able to stand their ground and defend (including use of deadly force) themselves and others in churches.
Amendment 6 on your ballot deals with firearms and ”Stand Your Ground” laws.The following is the Madison County Sample Ballot summary for this amendment [A1]:
“Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law allows a person to legally use physical force against another person under certain conditions. The law does not require the person to retreat before using physical force.
If a majority of voters in Alabama vote “yes” on Amendment 6, and if, in addition, a majority of voters in Lauderdale County vote “yes” on Amendment 6, the state constitution would contain a special “Stand Your Ground” law that applies to churches in Lauderdale County only.
If a majority of voters in Alabama vote “no” on Amendment 6, or, if a majority of voters in Lauderdale County vote “no” on Amendment 6, the state constitution would not contain a special “Stand Your Ground” law that applies to churches in Lauderdale County.”
This amendment affects Lauderdale County ONLY.
At A Glance
- If you vote “yes” you are voting to amend the Alabama Constitution to add a law allowing those in Lauderdale County to be able to stand their ground and defend (including use of deadly force) themselves and others in churches.
- If you vote “no” you are voting to not amend the Alabama Constitution and you are voting to oppose adding a law allowing Lauderdale County being able to stand their ground and defend (including use of deadly force) themselves and others in churches.
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