Laws governing recall in Alabama
Since Alabama's law governing recall only applies to municipalities with a commission form of government. Some cities in the state (such as Dothan) have elected city commissioners, and recall can be applied against them, whereas other cities, such as Vincent, have city council members and recall cannot be applied against them.
Features of the law
There are no restrictions on when a recall petition can be initiated.
Grounds are not required
The recall committee is not required to provide reasons for why they think the recall target should be removed.
Time to collect signatures
There is no time limit for the collection of the required signatures
Number of signatures required
To qualify a recall election for the ballot, two different signature requirements are mentioned in the pertinent statutes:
- Signatures equalling 3% of the inhabitants of the municipality according to the last federal census who are qualified to vote for a successor. (§11-44-130)
- Signatures equalling 30% of those who voted in the last election (§11-44E-168)
- Ala. Code §11-44-130
- Ala. Code §11-44-131
- Ala. Code §11-44-132
- Ala. Code §11-44-133
- Ala. Code §11-44-134