Voting is light so far in today’s city election with no problems at the polls, according to Birmingham election officials. At stake is the fate of three property taxes for schools and three seats on the City Council.
Most voters will have only the three ad valorem tax renewals on their ballots. Those taxes generate about 12% of the Birmingham City Schools’ budget.
Voters in City Council Districts 1, 6 and 7 also will have a choice of city councilors to represent them on their ballots. That’s almost half of the council seats up for grabs. Councilors representing those districts were appointed after the elected councilors resigned their positions. Under the Mayor-Council Act, appointed councilors may serve only until the next election.
If no candidate in the city council elections has more than 50% of the vote, then a runoff election between the top two vote-getters will be held Nov. 19.
Some city polling places have changed this year. If you are uncertain of your polling place, you can verify it at AlabamaVotes.gov. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters who have questions or problems at their polling places can call the Birmingham City Clerk’s office at 205-254-2290.
BirminghamWatch’s city voter guide provides profiles of the candidates, an explanation of the school taxes, information about casting a ballot, and links to official ballots and a map of council districts.