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November,8,2016 - General Election
DEADLINES
October 24,2016

Voter Registration Ends - Voter registration deadline

November 3,2016

Absentee Ballot Request deadline - Last day for voter to make application for an absentee ballot.

November 7,2016

Absentee Ballot return deadline - In Person - Last day for voter to hand-deliver or postmark an absentee ballot.

November 15,2016

Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens - Absentee UOCAVA Ballot Receipt Deadline for November 8 General Election. Must be postmarked no later than Election Day

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Alabama
  • Date of Statehood: December 14, 1819
  • Size: 52,420 square miles
  • Nickname(s): The Yellowhammer State; The Heart of Dixie; The Cotton State
  • Tree: Southern Longleaf Pine
  • Flower: Camellia
  • Bird: Yellowhammer Woodpecker (Northern Flicker)

In 1919, the city of Enterprise erected a monument to the boll weevil in recognition of the destructive insect’s role in saving the county’s economy by encouraging farmers to grow more lucrative crops such as peanuts instead of traditional cotton.

The DeSoto Caverns near the city of Birmingham, which contain a 2,000-year-old Native American burial site, served as a clandestine speakeasy with dancing and gambling during Prohibition.

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Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday, in 1836.

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The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American flying unit in the U.S. military, were trained in Alabama. Their accomplished combat record, including the accumulation of more than 850 medals, was an important factor in President Truman’s decision to desegregate armed forces in 1948.

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In 1965, five months before President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act prohibiting discriminatory voting practices, thousands of non-violent protesters joined a 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery to bring attention to the injustice African Americans faced when attempting to register to vote.

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The Saturn V rocket that made it possible for humans to land on the moon was designed in Huntsville, Alabama.

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State of Alabama Quick Facts
  • Current Population:4,858,979
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 14 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: No
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 9
  • Congressional Districts: 7
Registered Voters

Total: 3,140,804

Total Active and Inactive : 3,140.804

Total Active: 2,997,144

  • Asian : 16,053
  • American Indian : 10,866
  • Black : 797,729
  • Federally-Registered(may be off any race) : 2,497
  • Hispanic : 22,034
  • Korean : 51
  • White : 2,110,877
  • Others : 30,518
  • Not Identified : 6,519

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Alabama?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Alabama.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Alabama does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Alabama?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Alabama, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    Voter registration is also available from your local County Board of Registrars.

    By Mail

    You may download the State of Alabama Mail-In Voter Registration Form from here .Then, just print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your local board of registrars. Any individual registering to vote must send the completed application with his/her original signature to the county's Board of Registrars in which he/she resides.

    Online

    Alabama enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal.

    By E-mail

    You may also request a postcard voter registration from by e-mail.

    Motor Voter

    You may also apply to register to vote when you renew your State of Alabama driver's license or your identification card. Please check with your local probate office or license commissioner's office for further details.

    Postcard Voter Registration

    To apply for voter registration by mail, pick up a postcard voter registration form at any one of these participating locations, fill it out completely, and mail it back to your county's Board of Registrars.

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Each employee in the state shall, upon reasonable notice to his or her employer, be permitted by his or her employer to take necessary time off from his or her employment to vote in any municipal, county, state, or federal political party primary or election for which the employee is qualified and registered to vote on the day on which the primary or election is held. The necessary time off shall not exceed one hour and if the hours of work of the employee commence at least two hours after the opening of the polls or end at least one hour prior to the closing of the polls, then the time off for voting as provided in this section shall not be available. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may absent himself or herself as provided in this section.

    Alabama State Government

    Alabama Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution. That all men are equally free and independent; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    As of January 2015, there were 892 amendments to the state of Alabama's Constitution

    The Executive Branch
    State Capitol: 600 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a chief magistrate, who shall be styled "The Governor of the State of Alabama."

    The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, commissioner of agriculture and industries, and a sheriff for each county.

    Alabama Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    State Legislature: 11 South Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of this state shall be vested in a legislature, which shall consist of a senate and a house of representatives.

    It is a bicameral body composed of the Alabama House of Representatives, with 105 members, and the Alabama State Senate, with 35 members. In the 2010 elections, Republicans gained control of both chambers for the first time since 1874.

    The legislature shall have power to establish a court or courts of chancery, with original and appellate jurisdiction, except as otherwise authorized in this article. The state shall be divided by the legislature into convenient chancery divisions; each division shall be divided into districts, and for each division there shall be a chancellor, who shall have resided in the division for which he shall be elected or appointed, for one year next preceding his election or appointment, and shall reside therein during his continuance in office.

    Judicial Branch
    State Supreme Court: 300 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in the senate sitting as a court of impeachment, a supreme court, circuit courts, chancery courts, courts of probate, such courts of law and equity inferior to the supreme court, and to consist of not more than five members, as the legislature from time to time may establish, and such persons as may be by law invested with powers of a judicial nature.

    The Supreme Court of Alabama is composed of a chief justice and eight associate justices. As the highest state court, the Supreme Court has both judicial and administrative responsibilities.

    The Supreme Court has authority to review decisions rendered by the other courts of the state. It also has authority to determine certain legal matters over which no other court has jurisdiction and to issue such orders necessary to carry out its general superintendence over the courts in Alabama.

    Alabama Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(105)
    (33)(71)(1)
    State Senators(35)
    (8)(26)(1)
    US Representatives(7)
    (1)(6)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    What's At Stake in 2016?

    Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

    Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

    Alabama US Senator race

    In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Alabama. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Alabama's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

    Alabama: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

    Incumbent Republican Senator, Richard Shelby, is running for re-election to a sixth term in office. On November 2, 2010, Richard Shelby won re-election to the United States Senate with 65.2% of the vote against the democratic candidate, William Barnes, who came in a distant second with 34.7% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Alabama)

    Alabama 2016 U.S. Representative races

    The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Alabama this election cycle. Of the 7 seats up for election this election cycle, 6 currently held by Republicans, and 1 held by Democrats.

    Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Alabama U.S. House

    Democratics(1)Republicans(6)

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Alabama Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by law; and, after conviction, to grant reprieves, paroles, commutations of sentence, and pardons, except in cases of impeachment.

    Qualifications

    The governor and lieutenant governor shall each be at least thirty years of age when elected, and shall have been citizens of the United States ten years and resident citizens of this state at least seven years next before the date of their election. The lieutenant governor shall be ex officio president of the senate, but shall have no right to vote except in the event of a tie.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, and commissioner of agriculture and industries shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and places appointed for the election of members of the legislature in the year nineteen hundred and two, and in every fourth year thereafter.

    Term of Office

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, commissioner of agriculture and industries, elected after the ratification of this Constitution, shall hold their respective offices for the term of four years from the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January next succeeding their election, and until their successors shall be elected and qualified

    Limit on Tenure

    limited to two terms in office

    Salary

    $0 (refused compensation)

    Qualification age

    The governor and lieutenant governor shall each be at least thirty years of age when elected

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The Alabama Constitution establishes the office of the lieutenant governor in Article V, the Executive Department.

    Qualifications

    The governor and lieutenant governor shall each be at least thirty years of age when elected, and shall have been citizens of the United States ten years and resident citizens of this state at least seven years next before the date of their election. The lieutenant governor shall be ex officio president of the senate, but shall have no right to vote except in the event of a tie.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, and commissioner of agriculture and industries shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and places appointed for the election of members of the legislature in the year nineteen hundred and two, and in every fourth year thereafter.

    Term of Office

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, commissioner of agriculture and industries, elected after the ratification of this Constitution, shall hold their respective offices for the term of four years from the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January next succeeding their election, and until their successors shall be elected and qualified

    Limit on Tenure

    limited to two terms in office

    Salary

    $60,830

    Qualification age

    The governor and lieutenant governor shall each be at least thirty years of age when elected

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney-general, secretary of state, and state auditor shall constitute a board of pardons, who shall meet on the call of the governor, and before whom shall be laid all recommendations or petitions, for pardon, commutation, or parole, in cases of felony; and the board shall hear them in open session, and give their opinion thereon in writing to the governor, after which or on the failure of the board to advise for more than sixty days, the governor may grant or refuse the commutation, parole, or pardon, as to him seems best for the public interest.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, or commissioner of agriculture and industries unless he shall have been a citizen of the United States at least seven years, and shall have resided in this state at least five years next preceding his election, and shall be at least twenty-five years old when elected.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, and commissioner of agriculture and industries shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and places appointed for the election of members of the legislature in the year nineteen hundred and two, and in every fourth year thereafter.

    Term of Office

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, commissioner of agriculture and industries, elected after the ratification of this Constitution, shall hold their respective offices for the term of four years from the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January next succeeding their election, and until their successors shall be elected and qualified

    Limit on Tenure

    attorneys general are limited to two terms in office

    Salary

    $166,002

    Qualification age

    shall be at least twenty-five years old when elected

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The attorney-general, secretary of state, and state auditor shall constitute a board of pardons, who shall meet on the call of the governor, and before whom shall be laid all recommendations or petitions, for pardon, commutation, or parole, in cases of felony; and the board shall hear them in open session, and give their opinion thereon in writing to the governor, after which or on the failure of the board to advise for more than sixty days, the governor may grant or refuse the commutation, parole, or pardon, as to him seems best for the public interest.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, or commissioner of agriculture and industries unless he shall have been a citizen of the United States at least seven years, and shall have resided in this state at least five years next preceding his election, and shall be at least twenty-five years old when elected.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, and commissioner of agriculture and industries shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and places appointed for the election of members of the legislature in the year nineteen hundred and two, and in every fourth year thereafter.

    Term of Office

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, commissioner of agriculture and industries, elected after the ratification of this Constitution, shall hold their respective offices for the term of four years from the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January next succeeding their election, and until their successors shall be elected and qualified

    Limit on Tenure

    secretaries of state are limited to two terms in office

    Salary

    $85,248

    Qualification age

    shall be at least twenty-five years old when elected

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer acts as the state's bank; he receives funds in the form of tax revenues, fees and other payments, and manages the state's investment funds. He also oversees the state's relationship with the network of private banks it does business with, operates the state's unclaimed property fund, and issues state bonds

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, or commissioner of agriculture and industries unless he shall have been a citizen of the United States at least seven years, and shall have resided in this state at least five years next preceding his election, and shall be at least twenty-five years old when elected.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney-general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, superintendent of education, and commissioner of agriculture and industries shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and places appointed for the election of members of the legislature in the year nineteen hundred and two, and in every fourth year thereafter.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    treasurers are limited to two terms in office

    Salary

    $85,248

    Qualification age

    at least 25 years of age.

    Alabama State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum and appointing all committee and subcommittee members

    Qualifications

    They shall have been citizens and residents of this state for three years and residents of their respective counties or districts for one year next before their election, if such county or district shall have been so long established; but if not, then of the county or district from which the same shall have been taken; and they shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their terms of office.

    Election

    At the general election in the year nineteen hundred and two all the representatives, together with the senators for the even numbered districts and for the thirty-fifth district, shall be elected.

    Term of Office

    The terms of office of the senators and representatives shall commence on the day after the general election at which they are elected, and expire on the day after the general election held in the fourth year after their election, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $42,830/year

    Qualification age

    representatives twenty-one years of age at the time of their election

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Senate, but can only vote in the event of a tie. The President Pro Tempore is elected from the Senate membership during each organizational session and serves in the absence of the President of the Senate as well leader of the Senate and majority party.

    Qualifications

    They shall have been citizens and residents of this state for three years and residents of their respective counties or districts for one year next before their election, if such county or district shall have been so long established; but if not, then of the county or district from which the same shall have been taken; and they shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their terms of office.

    Election

    At the general election in the year nineteen hundred and two all the representatives, together with the senators for the even numbered districts and for the thirty-fifth district, shall be elected.

    Term of Office

    The terms of office of the senators and representatives shall commence on the day after the general election at which they are elected, and expire on the day after the general election held in the fourth year after their election, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $42,830/year

    Qualification age

    Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age

    Alabama State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    Except in cases otherwise directed in this Constitution, the supreme court shall have appellate jurisdiction only, which shall be coextensive with the state, under such restrictions and regulations, not repugnant to this Constitution, as may from time to time be prescribed by law, except where jurisdiction over appeals is vested in some inferior court, and made final therein; provided, that the supreme court shall have power to issue writs of injunction, habeas corpus, quo warranto, and such other remedial and original writs as may be necessary to give it a general superintendence and control of inferior jurisdictions.

    Qualifications

    Be licensed to practice law in Alabama,Have lived in Alabama for at least one year

    Election

    The chief justice and associate justices of the supreme court, judges of the circuit courts, judges of probate courts, and chancellors shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state, circuits, counties, and chancery divisions, for which such courts may be established, at such times as may be prescribed by law, except as herein otherwise provided.

    Term of Office

    Except as otherwise provided in this article, the chief justice and associate justices of the supreme court, circuit judges, chancellors, and judges of probate, shall hold office for the term of six years

    Limit on Tenure

    until their successors are elected or appointed, and qualified; and the right of such judges and chancellors to hold their offices for the full term hereby prescribed shall not be affected by any change hereafter made by law in any circuit, division, or county, or in the mode or time of election.

    Salary

    $161-201k

    Qualification age

    Be 70 years of age or younger at the time of candidacy

    The Court of Civil Appeals
    Authority

    The Court of Civil Appeals hears civil matters, including those related to domestic situations such as divorce, adoptions, child custody, etc. They will rule on cases appealed from certain state administrative agencies, such as worker's compensation.

    Qualifications

    The requirement that a potential judge practice law for 10 years before becoming eligible to serve on the court is fairly new; it was established in 2009

    Election

    They are elected in statewide partisan elections to six-year terms. A presiding judge is the administrative head of the court. The position is filled by the most-senior judge serving on the court. The presiding judge serves no specified term.

    Term of Office

    The five judges on the Court of Civil Appeals are elected to six-year terms in statewide partisan elections.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    178,878

    Qualification age

    under the age of 70 at the time of election (judges who turn 70 in office may serve until their term expires)

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