Alabama elections, 2013
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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State House District 97
- Yvonne Kennedy (D) died on December 8, 2012. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) scheduled a special election for May 21 to fill the vacancy, with a primary on February 26, 2013. As no candidate took over 50 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, the top two vote-getters - Karlos Finley and Adline C. Clarke - met in a runoff on April 9, which Clarke won.
State House District 11
- Jeremy Oden (R) was appointed to the Alabama Public Service Commission by Gov. Robert Bentley on November 30, 2012. A special election was held on May 7 to fill the vacancy, which Randall Shedd won. As no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary on February 12, 2013, the top two vote-getters - Randall Shedd and Danny Alldredge - met in a primary runoff election on March 26, which Shedd won. Because the Democratic Party failed to certify a candidate by April 10, Shedd was declared the winner.
State House District 35
- Ben Brooks (R) was elected as as a circuit judge in Mobile County on November 6, 2012. Once he was sworn into the new position a special election had to be held to fill the vacancy. A special primary was scheduled for January 29, 2013. Candidates had until December 13, 2012 to file. Since no Democrats filed, the primary became the general election. A runoff between the top two vote-getters, Jim Barton and Bill Hightower, took place March 12, which Hightower won.
- Candidate Matranga criticized the influence of special interests in the race. As of January 14, the candidates had the following funds in their campaign accounts:
- Barton: $218,000
- Hightower: $30,000
- Matranga: $2,800
- 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 PM 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
To vote absentee a request 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 to the 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.
Elections Performance Index
Alabama ranked 47th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance assigning an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. The indicators were chosen within the framework of determining the convenience and integrity of each of the three administrative phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Alabama received an overall score of 49%.
- ↑ AL.com, "Alabama state House District 97: Adline Clarke will face Karlos Finley in runoff," February 26, 2013
- ↑ AL.com, "Gov. Bentley sets special election for House District 97 seat," December 18, 2012
- ↑ Alabama Secretary of State, " Certification of candidates for District 97," accessed January 17, 2013
- ↑ blog.al.com, "Adline Clarke appears to have narrowly beaten Karlos Finley in House District 97 race (updated x2)," April 9, 2013
- ↑ Alabama's 13, "Al. voters will pick egislators in two special elections," December 5, 2012
- ↑ Hartselle Enquirer, "Dates, precincts set for election," January 23, 2013
- ↑ hartselleenquirer.com, "Randall Shedd new house member," April 12, 2013
- ↑ Local 15, "Ala. Senate District 35 to Hold Special Election," December 4, 2012
- ↑ Al.com, "Three Republicans qualify for state Senate District 35 special election," December 12, 2012
- ↑ Local 15, "District 35 State Senate Race Goes to a Run-off," January 29, 2013
- ↑ CBS42.com, "Hightower wins Alabama Senate District 35 runoff," March 12, 2013
- ↑ Alabama.com "Nick Matranga, State Senate candidate, to criticize special interest influence in campaign" January 14, 2013
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- ↑ Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report