Special election guidance for voters in State House District 4 and Senate District 26

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that voters located in parts of Morgan and Limestone County, and in Montgomery, will have an additional race to vote for when they head to the polls on Dec. 12 to vote in the special general election for U.S. Senate.

Those voters that reside in state House District 4 and Senate District 26 will take the first step in determining who will represent them in Montgomery in the state House of Representatives and the state Senate, respectively.

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Senate Republican primary runoff is today 

September 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican voters across Alabama will go to the polls today, Tuesday, Sept. 26, to decide who will represent the Republican Party in the state’s general election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed to U.S. attorney general.

A primary election for the position of U.S. senator was called by Gov. Kay Ivey for Dec. 12, 2017. The major party primaries were on Aug. 15. Doug Jones won the Democratic primary outright. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., are the candidates in the Republican runoff today.

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US Senate Special Primary polls open today

August 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Alabamians go to the polls to select their Senator to replace Jeff Sessions who vacated the position to become US Attorney General.

The polls open at 7:00 and close at 7:00 p.m.

You may only vote at the polling place which you are assigned.

If you do not know where your polling place is go to this site:

https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do

You must bring a valid photo ID with you in order to be given a ballot.

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Driver’s license committee continues work as USDOT reaches settlement

December 30, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Montgomery—An Alabama House Committee has been reviewing the process and procedure of obtaining a driver’s license in Alabama. The committee said in a statement that the agreement announced on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 between the State of Alabama and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) underscores the important work undertaken by the House Interim Committee on Driver’s License Review. The committee is tasked with finding ways to reduce wait times and find methods for making driver’s license offices more accessible to all Alabamians. The committee has held meetings across the state since it was established by a House Resolution co-sponsored by 56 Republican members. Read More

USDOT ensures equitable access to driver license offices

December 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 28 2016, US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that USDOT had reached an agreement with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to ensure that driver licensing services in the state will be available to all residents, regardless of race, color or national origin, in compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This follows a twelve month investigation by USDOT. Read More

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote

October 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today, October 24, 2016, is the last day to mail in your voter registration and be able to participate in the November 8 General Election. You must have the form filled out and the registration postmarked with today’s date to meet the deadline.

Sunday, October 23 at 5:00 pm was the last day to hand deliver a voter registration form.

Only American citizens are allowed to participate in American elections; but the proof of citizenship requirement to register to vote has been blocked by the federal courts.
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Bentley Says that USDOT Discrimination Investigation is an Attempt to Politicize a Resolved Situation

December 11, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 9, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) on Wednesday issued a statement dismissing the US Department of Transportation’s announcement of an investigation into the closure of Alabama Driver License Offices as, “An ongoing attempt to politicize a resolved issue” and accused President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) of politicizing the situation.

robert-bentley2Gov. Bentley said, “In an ongoing attempt to politicize a resolved issue, the United States Department of Justice informed my office Tuesday of an impending investigation by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) that is in its early stages and no findings have been made. Due to legislative budget cuts, in September 2015, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reallocated driver license examination personnel back to the district drivers license offices on a full time basis. Prior to this budget decision, these examiners, who are state employees, were traveling to each county level probate office or courthouse once or twice a week to provide the service of examination.  I made the decision in October 2015 to ensure that an examiner report to each county level office at least once a month to continue providing this service.”
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Rep. Sewell Calls for DOJ Investigation into Alabama Driver’s License Closure Decisions

October 6, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Oct 5, 2015 Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D) released a letter that she sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the closing of 31 driver’s license offices in Alabama.  Rep. Sewell claimed that the decision will disproportionately impact residents of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.

sewell5Representative Sewell said in a statement, “My office sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for a full, and thorough investigation into the decision to close 31 driver’s license offices across Alabama. This ill-conceived decision left 8 out of the 14 counties in my district – which is the only majority minority district in the state – without a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue an Alabama driver’s license.”
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House Committee Blocks Holtzclaw Legislation to Roll Back Driver’s License Fee Increase

April 28, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 22, the Alabama House of Representatives Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted to block passage of Senate Bill 44 (SB44) sponsored by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) which would have repealed a controversial driver’s license fee.

In January, motorists and legislators alike were shocked when the cost of renewing their Alabama driver’s licenses were increased substantially.  The move was never authorized by the state legislature. The increase was declared by executive fiat because a past legislature gave power to raise the fees to the Alabama Department of Public Safety (that function is now a part of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA)).  Senator Holtzclaw introduced SB44 to roll back the fee increase and require that all future such executive actions are reviewed by the legislature.  SB44 sailed through the Senate but ran into determined opposition in committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.
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