November ballot measures in Alabama lend a local flavor

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September 10, 2010

By Al Ortiz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: There are four proposed constitutional amendments on the November 2, 2010 statewide general election ballot in Alabama. On the surface, it may seem like your run-of-the-mill ballot, with all four measures being legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. However, there is much more to this ballot than one may think.

Those measures are just four of the many proposed constitutional amendments for some voters to decide on come election day, but those four are the only ones that will appear on the statewide ballot. The rest are slated to appear on certain county ballots, depending on what county a voter resides in.

The reason being is that in order to pass local county laws, an amendment to the state constitution is needed. Alabama mandates that county governments seek legislative approval or legislatively-referred constitutional amendment ballot measures for approval of laws. A constitutional amendment committee decided in late August 2010 which amendments would appear on county ballots and which would appear on the statewide ballot. In any case, Alabama voters will have a lot to decide on when they head to the polls this fall.

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