Alabama legislators consider changes to primary voting system

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June 30, 2012

Alabama

By Geoff Pallay

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: The Alabama Legislature is considering legislation that would alter the voting process for primaries.[1]

Currently, Alabama uses an open primary system where voters can vote in whatever party primary they want -- regardless of registration. However, the state legislators are considering legislation that would make the primary a closed process -- meaning voters would have to register with a party in order to vote in that primary.[1]

The legislature is currently controlled by Republicans, who recently held a state executive committee meeting where leaders voted in favor of altering the primary process. "In recent years, there have been a number of instances where Democrats have voted in our primary and affected the outcome," said Republican party Chairman Bill Armistead.[1]

Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 8
     Republican Party 26
     Independent 1
Total 35


Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 33
     Republican Party 72
Total 105


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