2016 VOTE: What's On The Alabama Ballot

Be Informed
Before You Vote!

You’ve registered to vote on November 8th, but do you know what’s on the ballot? In addition to the presidential office, there are many state and local offices on the ballot, as well as ballot measures, or proposed Alabama constitutional amendments. Arrive at the polls prepared! Here is an easy reference guide with links for more detailed information. And remember, you do not have to vote on every item that is on the ballot.
 

PRESIDENT/VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Alabama has nine electoral votes, out of the 538 total electoral votes. A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes to win.
 

The Candidates:

Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine (Democratic)

Donald Trump/Mike Pence (Republican)

Gary Johnson/Bill Weld (Libertarian--listed as Independent)

Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka (Green--listed as Independent)

U.S. SENATE

Alabama voters will elect one Alabama senator on November 8.

The Candidates:

Richard Shelby (Republican, incumbent)

Ron Crumpton (Democratic)

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Seven House seats are up for grabs, one from each of Alabama’s seven congressional districts. Only the candidates running in your district will appear on your ballot. Look up your congressional district by address here.

District 1 Candidate:

Bradley Byrne (Republican, incumbent)

District 2 Candidates:

Martha Roby (Republican, incumbent)

Nathan Mathis (Democratic)

District 3 Candidates:

Mike Rogers (Republican, incumbent)

Jesse Smith (Democratic)

District 4 Candidates:

Robert Aderholt (Republican, incumbent)

District 5 Candidates:

Mo Brooks (Republican, incumbent)

Will Boyd (Democratic)

District 6 Candidates:

Gary Palmer (Republican, incumbent)

David Putman (Democratic)

District 7 Candidate:

Terry Sewell (Democratic, incumbent)

STATEWIDE OFFICES

Voters across the state will be voting for one state executive office this year, that of the President of the Public Service Commission.

The Candidate:

Twinkle Cavanaugh (Republican, incumbent)

STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

Three places are to be filled in the Alabama Supreme Court this election. For each place, there is one incumbent candidate running unopposed.

Place 1 Candidate:

Michael Bolin (Republican, incumbent)

Place 2 Candidate:

Kelli Wise (Republican, incumbent)

Place 3 Candidate:

Tom Parker (Republican, incumbent)

LOCAL JUSTICES AND COUNTY SCHOOL BOARDS

Alabamians will be voting for numerous places on the circuit and district courts, as well as seats on county school boards. Find the ones that will appear on your ballot based on your county here.

BALLOT MEASURES

“Ballot measures” are proposed amendments to Alabama’s constitution. At least 14 such amendments will appear on your ballot. In addition to these 14 statewide amendments, there may be local amendments on your ballot. For each one, you will select “Yes” or “No.” Here is a list of the 14 statewide amendments, with a brief description and explanation of what the “Yes” and “No” vote each supports . For more detailed information about the amendments, visit the Alabama’s official Election Center and/or read the nonpartisan research organization PARCA’s analysis.

Amendment 1: Alabama Auburn University Board of Trustees Amendment

Yes: No more than three members of the university’s board of directors will have terms that expire in the same year. Two additional members will be added to the board, with the intent of adding diversity, increasing the size of the board from 14 to 16 members.

No: There will remain no restriction on the number of members whose term may end in the same year. The number of board members will not be increased.

Amendment 2: Alabama Rules Governing Allocation of State Park Funds Amendment

Yes: It will be prohibited to relocate state park funds to other uses. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (which is responsible for the parks) will also be able to contract non-state entities to operate the land facilities at state parks.

No: The Alabama State Legislature will be able to continue to use funds generated by state parks for other uses. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will remain the only entity allowed to maintain and operate state park properties.

Amendment 3: Alabama Rules for Determining a Local Constitutional Amendment

Yes: The process for determining that a constitutional amendment should only be voted on at the local (not state) level will be changed. The Alabama legislature must vote unanimously in order for an amendment to be voted on locally rather than statewide. If one legislator votes against this decision, the amendment will be voted on statewide.

No: The process for determining whether an amendment will be voted on locally or statewide will remain the same. The amendment is first passed by a three-fifths vote of each house of the legislature. Then, the Local Constitutional Amendment Commission must decide unanimously if the amendment is eligible for a local, rather than statewide, vote.

Amendment 4: County Affairs Administration Amendment

Yes: County commissions will be allowed to adopt programs relating to county personnel, emergency assistance, litter, transportation, and roadways without prior permission from the Legislature.

No: The process of  adopting such programs would remain the same, so that county commissions will continue to ask permission from the state legislature before adopting these programs.

Amendment 5: State Constitutional Language Governing Separation of Powers Amendment

Yes: Two sections of the constitution, concerned with the separation of power among the three branches of government, will be combined and reworded for the purposes of simplification and clarification. However, the substance of the powers will remain the same.

No: The sections of the constitution will remain unchanged.

Amendment 6: Alabama Impeachment Amendment

Yes: The process of impeaching a state official will be changed to require a two-thirds supermajority vote in the state senate. The Superintendent of Education office will be removed from the list of offices subject to impeachment, as this is an appointed, not elected, office.

No: The current process of impeachment, which does not require a Senate supermajority, will remain unchanged.

Amendment 7: Alabama Supervision of Employees in the Etowah County Sheriff's Department Amendment

Yes: Employees of the Etowah County Sheriff’s office will be placed under the authority of the Personnel Board of the Office of the Sheriff of Etowah County.

No: The employees will not be placed under the authority of the Personnel Board of the Office of the Sheriff of Etowah County, and the Board will not be officially established.

Amendment 8: Alabama Right to Work Amendment

Yes: Business would not be allowed to establish rules regarding union membership. A person would be allowed to work at a business regardless of membership or lack of membership in a labor union.

No: A person’s “right to work,” as described above, would be protected in the Code of Alabama, but not in the Alabama Constitution.

Amendment 9: Alabama Increase of Maximum Qualifying Age for Pickens County Judges Amendment

Yes: The maximum age for a candidate for the position of Judge of Probate in Pickens County will be raised to 75 years.

No: The maximum age for a candidate will remain 70 years.

Amendment 10: Alabama Restriction of Police and Planning Jurisdiction in Calhoun County

Yes: Only cities and towns located entirely or partly in Calhoun County will be able to exercise police and planning jurisdiction over any territory in Calhoun County.

No: The current laws, allowing some Alabama cities to exercise police jurisdiction within 3 miles of their limits and planning jurisdiction within 5 miles of their limit, will remain in place.

Amendment 11: Alabama Use of City Manufacturing Zone Tax Revenue to Incentivize Manufacturing Amendment

Yes: Alabama cities and counties will be allowed to sell properties that they own in areas designated for major manufacturing facilities, at their discretion, at prices below market value, to attract industry.

No: Cities and counties will remain required to sell these properties for at least fair market value.

Amendment 12: Alabama Authorization of Toll Districts and Toll District Revenue Bond Debt in Baldwin County Amendment

Yes: The legislature will be allowed to establish a toll road and bridge authority for Baldwin County, and permit it to issue bonds in order to fund projects.

No: The legislature will not be allowed to establish such a governing body for toll roads and bridges in Baldwin County.

Amendment 13: Alabama Removal of Age Restriction For Government Officials

Yes: The maximum age limit, which is currently at 70, will be removed and prevent any future age restrictions for holding government official position, with the exception of Judicial office.

No: The maximum age limit will remain in place for holding government official positions.

Amendment 14: Alabama Approval of Budget Isolation Resolution Proposing a Local Law

Yes: Local laws that the legislature passed prior to November 8, 2016 using the legislative practice of approval known as the “Budget Isolation Resolution” (BIR) procedure will remain in place.

No: Local laws passed by the legislature prior to November 8, 2016 through the BIR process will remain in place unless struck down by the Alabama Supreme Court or other courts.

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