Category: 2018 Elections

In Some Counties, Alabama Voters Have Lost a Quarter of Their Polling Places Since 2010

In Alabama’s rural Marengo County, there are six fewer voting locations this year than in 2010, a decrease of about 24 percent.

“We have recently combined some (polling places) and done away with others,” said Barry Hunt, a board of registrars member in the Black Belt county that now has 19 physical places for people to vote. “I haven’t heard any complaints about it here, but definitely some (voters) have to go farther than they did,” Hunt said.

Across the state, Alabamians will be going to fewer polling places on Tuesday than they did in 2010, according to a comparison by BirminghamWatch of precincts for the June 2018 primary and the 2010 general election. Almost 100 polling places were shed by 25 counties. There are 2004 precincts in the state. Some county officials said it was population shifts that caused closures. Others said it was condemned buildings or requests from property owners.

Voting rights advocates, meanwhile, are calling for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act to protect people’s access to polls, particularly for minority voters. Read more.

In Money Race, Chief Justice Candidate Vance Leads Parker in Past Week, This Year

Democrat Robert Vance raised $73,350 in cash contributions last week while Republican opponent Tom Parker collected $24,400 in their campaigns for chief justice of Alabama, the candidates reported Monday to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.

Vance, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge, reported that he spent $77,610 during the period of Oct. 20 to Oct. 26. Parker, an associate justice on the Alabama Supreme Court who is seeking election as chief justice, spent $133,262 Read more.

Near Campaign’s End, Ivey Adds to Fundraising Advantage Over Maddox

Gov. Kay Ivey continues to add to her fundraising advantage over Democrat Walt Maddox with one week remaining in their campaign for governor, according to reports filed Monday with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.

Ivey, the Republican nominee, reported raising $146,413 from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, compared to $45,465 for Maddox. Ivey spent $212,304, leaving a cash balance of $288,586. Maddox reported spending of $62,242 and has an account balance of $167,479. Read more.
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