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Find Your Polling Place Verify Your Voter Registration In a recent “refresh” of the voter rolls, the Secretary of State’s Office has moved 340,162 people to the inactive voter list. You can check the status of your registration above. If you arrive at the polls and are told you have been put on the inactive

BirminghamWatch Listening Sessions: A Community Conversation

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Moore, Strange Advance to Republican Senate Election Runoff, While Jones Wins Democratic Primary Outright

Given his famous 6-foot-9 height, it’s not surprising that Sen. Luther Strange has an affinity for basketball, which he played in his younger days.

So when it came time to address his supporters in Homewood after winning a berth in a Republican primary runoff election for the Senate seat he was appointed to earlier this year, Strange used an analogy with roots in hoops.

“Eight on one has kind of been the game so far,” the incumbent said. “Now it will be one on one. And I like the odds in a one-on-one basketball game.”

But there won’t be a wooden court or squeaking sneakers in his next contest.

Strange finished second in Tuesday’s GOP primary behind Roy Moore, the two-time chief justice of Alabama who was removed from office both times after defying state laws and judicial regulations. Read more.

Confederate Monument in Linn Park Covered in Wake of Virginia Protests

Aug. 15, 2017 — Mayor William Bell had a Confederate monument outside Birmingham City Hall obscured by a wooden barrier Tuesday night while efforts are made to remove it.

But the state’s attorney general quickly sued the city and the mayor, saying the move violated a state law passed in the spring that says monuments more than 40 years old cannot be altered without approval from a new commission.

The topic of removing the statute was brought up during the Tuesday morning City Council meeting. Council President Johnathan Austin had called on Bell to remove the monument and others like it in Birmingham, calling them “offensive” and saying they “celebrate racism, bigotry, hate and all those things that the South has been known for. Read more.

Birmingham Council Delays Capital Projects for Lack of a Budget, Debates Unfulfilled Contracts

In its last regular meeting before next week’s municipal elections, the Birmingham City Council spent most of its time Tuesday directing key concerns on a variety of subjects toward Mayor William Bell.
The most notable of those discussions were about the still-unpassed FY 2018 budget and an unfulfilled construction contract. Read more.

Alabama Voters Register at Record Numbers

As Alabamians go to the polls Tuesday for a special U.S. Senate primary election, the state has the most registered voters in its history, including a record-setting roster of new voters.

“It’s unprecedented,” Secretary of State John Merrill said last week. The state’s tally of 3,283,573 registered voters represents a peak for Alabama, which has 3.7 million residents of voting age.

Of the 3.28 million, 773,727 are new voters who registered in the past two-plus years since Merrill took office in January 2015.

But, even as Alabamians were registering in record numbers, a voter “refresh” conducted by the Secretary of State’s Office in early 2017 has resulted in some confusion about voters being moved to inactive lists and concerns that the voter refresh will become a voter list purge.
Read more.