Alabama elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Alabama held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (7 seats) Approveda
State Executives (1 down-ballot seat) Approveda Preview Article
State Senate Defeatedd N/A
State House Defeatedd
Ballot measures (12 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012

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
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 6 6
Total 7 7
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Republican Party Jo Bonner Jo Bonner Republican Party Jo Bonner No
2nd Democratic Party Therese Ford
Republican Party Martha Roby
Martha Roby Republican Party Martha Roby No
3rd Democratic Party John Andrew Harris
Republican Party Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers (Alabama) Republican Party Mike Rogers No
4th Democratic Party Daniel H. Boman
Republican Party Robert Aderholt
Robert Aderholt Republican Party Robert Aderholt No
5th Democratic Party Charlie L. Holley
Republican Party Mo Brooks
Mo Brooks Republican Party Mo Brooks No
6th Democratic Party Penny H. Bailey
Republican Party Spencer Bachus
Spencer Bachus Republican Party Spencer Bachus No
7th Democratic Party Terri Sewell
Republican Party Don Chamberlain
Terri Sewell Democratic Party Terri Sewell No
See also: Alabama state executive official elections, 2012

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTwinkle Cavanaugh 54.2% 1,078,108
     Democratic Lucy Baxley Incumbent 45.8% 909,323
Total Votes 1,987,431
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

See also: Alabama 2012 ballot measures

September 18:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Healthcare Transfer of $145.8 million from an oil and gas trust fund to the General Fund for Medicaid budget. Approveda

November 6:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Environment Extend payments made to the Forever Wild Land Trust for a 20-year period. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Bond issues Aims to allow issuance of general obligation bonds of no more than $750 million. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Admin. of gov't. Would define the Stockton Landmark District within Baldwin County. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Civil rights To remove references to segregation of schools in the state constitution. Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Natural resources Transfer liabilities to Mobile Area Water and Sewer System. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Healthcare Would prohibit mandatory participation in any healthcare system. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Labor Would allow for the use of secret ballots in union votes. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 8 Legislatures Provide that the compensation paid to legislators do not increased during term of office. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 9 Taxes Allows legislature to implement business privilege tax on corporations. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 10 Admin. of gov't. Relating to authority of state legislature and banking in the state. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 11 Admin. of gov't. Prohibit any municipality outside of Lawrence County from imposing any municipal ordinance. Approveda

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Alabama is one of 19 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.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 11 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 26.[2]

Voting absentee

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:[3]

  • WILL BE ABSENT FROM THE COUNTY on election day
  • IS ILL OR HAS A PHYSICAL DISABILITY that prevents a trip to the polling place
  • IS A REGISTERED ALABAMA VOTER LIVING OUTSIDE THE COUNTY, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
  • IS AN APPOINTED ELECTION OFFICER OR POLL WATCHER at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place
  • WORKS A REQUIRED SHIFT, 10-HOURS OR MORE, that coincides 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 under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or
  • has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician[4]

—Alabama Office of the Secretary of State


The absentee ballot application must be received at least five days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned either in person by close of business the day before the election or by mail. If returned by mail, the ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the election manager by noon on Election Day.[3]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Alabama is one of 14 states that does not have any form of early voting.

See also