Alabama elections, 2012
|1 2012 Elections|
|2 Eligibility to Vote|
|2.1 Primary election|
|2.2 General election|
|3 Voting absentee|
|3.3 Military and overseas voting|
|4 Voting early|
|5 See also|
The state of Alabama held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:
- Signature filing deadline: January 13, 2012.
- Primary date: March 13, 2012.
- General election date: November 6, 2012
|On the 2012 ballot|| Click here for all |
November 6, 2012
|U.S. Senate||Preview Article|
|U.S. House (7 seats)|
|State Executives (1 down-ballot seat)||Preview Article|
|Ballot measures (12 measures)||Preview Article|
For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page
Elections by type
After the election, Republicans maintained a 6-1 edge in the seven Congressional districts.
|Members of the U.S. House from Alabama -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st||Jo Bonner||Jo Bonner||Jo Bonner||No|
|2nd|| Therese Ford
|Martha Roby||Martha Roby||No|
|3rd|| John Andrew Harris
|Mike Rogers (Alabama)||Mike Rogers||No|
|4th|| Daniel H. Boman
|Robert Aderholt||Robert Aderholt||No|
|5th|| Charlie L. Holley
|Mo Brooks||Mo Brooks||No|
|6th|| Penny H. Bailey
|Spencer Bachus||Spencer Bachus||No|
|7th|| Terri Sewell
|Terri Sewell||Terri Sewell||No|
There was one state executive position up for election in 2012. That seat was the Alabama Public Service Commission President.
|Alabama Public Service Commission President General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Lucy Baxley Incumbent||45.8%||909,323|
|Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.|
- See also: Alabama 2012 ballot measures
|Amendment 1||Healthcare||Transfer of $145.8 million from an oil and gas trust fund to the General Fund for Medicaid budget.|
|Amendment 1||Environment||Extend payments made to the Forever Wild Land Trust for a 20-year period.|
|Amendment 2||Bond issues||Aims to allow issuance of general obligation bonds of no more than $750 million.|
|Amendment 3||Admin. of gov't.||Would define the Stockton Landmark District within Baldwin County.|
|Amendment 4||Civil rights||To remove references to segregation of schools in the state constitution.|
|Amendment 5||Natural resources||Transfer liabilities to Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.|
|Amendment 6||Healthcare||Would prohibit mandatory participation in any healthcare system.|
|Amendment 7||Labor||Would allow for the use of secret ballots in union votes.|
|Amendment 8||Legislatures||Provide that the compensation paid to legislators do not increased during term of office.|
|Amendment 9||Taxes||Allows legislature to implement business privilege tax on corporations.|
|Amendment 10||Admin. of gov't.||Relating to authority of state legislature and banking in the state.|
|Amendment 11||Admin. of gov't.||Prohibit any municipality outside of Lawrence County from imposing any municipal ordinance.|
Eligibility to Vote
- See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections
Alabama was one of 16 states to use an open primary system. Voters had the opportunity to register at any time, with the exception of the 10 days prior to an election. (Information about registering to vote)
- See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections
The deadline to register to vote was 11 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 26.
- See also: Absentee Voting
A voter is eligible to vote absentee in an election if he or she cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:
- Will be absent from the county on election day;
- Is ill or has a physical infirmity that prevents a trip to the polling place;
- Is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county including but not limited to, members of the armed forces or a U.S. citizen residing overseas (or a spouse or dependent of such a person) or students at an educational institution located outside their county of residence;
- Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place; or
- Works a required shift which has at least 10 hours that coincide with polling hours.
- Business/Medical emergency voting applications can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election, if the voter:
- is required by an employer due to unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on an emergency business trip on election day; or
- has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician within 5 days of an election.
- In addition to application information outlined in the next section, the business emergency application contains an affidavit acknowledging that the voter was not aware of the out-of-county business trip prior to the normal absentee ballot deadline. The medical emergency application requires that the attending physician describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency.
The absentee ballot application must be received at least five days prior to the election. It must then be returned either in person by close of business the day before the election or by mail. If returned by mail, it must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the election manager by noon on election day.
Military and overseas voting
Citizens who are members of the Uniformed Services or their family members, Merchant Marines, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Alabama overseas citizens (UOCAVA voters) can receive their ballots by either electronic transmission or by U.S. mail.
- See also: Early voting
Alabama is one of seven states that does not have any form of early voting.