Senate committee approves bill to make absentee voting more flexible

February 9, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Constitution, Ethics and Elections Committee approved a bill Thursday that would make absentee voting for many Alabamians more flexible.

Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, is carrying the bill this year after a bill he proposed last year to authorize early voting failed to pass the Legislature.

While the absentee voting bill wouldn’t implement early voting, it would expand the circumstances when a voter can request an absentee ballot and give those voters more time to mail in their ballots.

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Procedure For Speaker’s Nomination Submitted

August 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The House Republican Caucus selected an ad hoc committee to suggest voting procedures for the next Speaker. The caucus will convene in Montgomery on August 2, to nominate a replacement for disgraced former Speaker Mike Hubbard. Caucus rules instituted by Hubbard requires members to abide by the caucus majority vote, when the entire house meets for the final election.

The Alabama Political Reporter obtained a copy of the suggestion from the ad hoc committee, which was chaired by Rep. Bill Poole and comprised of Representatives Jim Carns, Alan Baker, Becky Nordgren and Phillip Pettus.
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Merrill Releases Update on Electronic Ballot Project for Overseas Voters

October 15, 2015

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 13 Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that the Secretary of State’s Office in cooperation with the City of Montgomery successfully piloted a live electronic balloting system for overseas military and civilian voters during the recent Montgomery municipal runoff election on October 6, 2015.

Sec. Merrill said in a statement, “We want every military serviceman and woman that are interested in voting to have the opportunity to receive their ballot electronically, vote electronically, and have their ballot returned electronically, as well as have their vote cast and counted just as they would if they were at home with their family.  Our goal is to have this successful pilot project go statewide before the March 2016 Presidential primary. It is incumbent upon us as election officials to leverage technology wherever we can to facilitate the voting process, especially for voters like our members of the military who sacrifice so much in service to our country. I want to thank the City of Montgomery for allowing us to pilot the electronic balloting system in its recent election.”
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