Voting Access &
A Tier II Legislative Priority for the League of Women Voters of Alabama in 2009
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- Sponsored by Representative England
HB72 - Sponsored by Representative Ward. Now Substitute 107129-2.
HB73 - Sponsored by Representative Ward - Campaign Disclosure Reports - See Government Transparency & Accountability
HB140 - Sponsored by Representative Hinshaw
HB161 - Sponsored by Representatives Robinson (O) and Dunn
HB283 - Sponsored by
Representatives Ball, DeMarco, Shiver, Hill, Collier,
Love, Treadaway, McCutcheon, Todd, Hinshaw, Scott, Baker (A), Canfield,
McCampbell, Bentley, Hubbard, Mask, Gipson, Williams, Martin, Drake,
Thomas (E), Hammon, Ward, Sanderford, Oden, Faust, Barton
SB145 - Sponsored by Senator Mitchem
SB206 - Sponsored by Senators Orr, Erwin, and Butler
LWVAL is also monitoring SB75, HB161, HB279, HB436, HB759, & HB812. See Monitored Legislation to read about these bills that address Voting Access & Election Practices.
About the legislation
Under existing law, the appointing board that appoints
officials is not authorized to appoint alternates. This bill
would authorize the appointment of alternate election officials
pursuant to legislatively passed local law and subject to certain
HB55 and SB99 (campanion legislation) - Summary: Under existing law, there is no restriction regarding the amount of contributions by an individual, political action committee, or political party to candidates for the Alabama Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Criminal Appeals, circuit courts, or district courts. Corporations are limited to contributions of $500. This bill would impose a limitation on contributions for candidates for election to these courts in the amount of $500 per election (whether in-kind or otherwise), and would provide a mechanism for increasing the allowed contribution amount based on the consumer price index.
HB72 - Summary: Under existing law, to be placed on the ballot, independent candidates must present a written petition signed by at least 3% of the qualified electors who cast ballots for Governor in the last general election. This bill would lower that percentage to 1½ % of such electors. HB72 Substitute 107129-1 has the reduction apply to only statewide offices.
HB140 - Requires the disclosure on
any electioneering material of the person or entity that paid for the
material distributed. Churches, corporations, trade
organizations and others need not disclose members’ names so long as
these entities were not organized for political purposes.
HB161 - Under existing law, a qualified elector must provide a certain reason in order to vote an absentee ballot. This bill would allow any qualified elector to apply for and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason.
HB283 and SB205 (companion legislation) - Synopsis: Under existing law, a principal campaign committee or political action committee is required to file with the Secretary of State or judge of probate reports of contributions and expenditures at certain times before an election. This bill would provide that the reports shall be filed regardless if the candidate has an opponent in any primary, special, runoff, or general election.
SB145 - Synopsis:
Under existing law, write-in votes are permitted only in
non-municipal general elections. This bill would require that
in order to have a write-in vote counted, the voter must write the name
on the ballot and register the vote by a mark in the space designated
for that particular office.
- Synopsis: Under existing law, the filing of campaign finance
disclosures is accomplished through the filing of paper documents. This
bill would provide an additional procedure for the electronic filing of
campaign finance disclosure reports in a computer format for
contributions or expenditures of a certain amount and would provide a
supports HB55 and SB99.
supports HB72 Substitute 107129-2.
LWVAL supports HB140 and as amended.
LWVAL supports HB161.
LWVAL supports HB283 and SB205
LWVAL supports SB206.
HB38 was prefiled 2/3/09 and assigned to the House Committee on Constitution & Elections (House C&E). 2/19/09 pending third reading on day 7. Favorable from Constitution and Elections. 3/3/09 passed House (91-0-0). First read in Senate, no committee listed.
was prefiled 2/3/09 and assigned to
the House Committee on
Constitution & Elections (House C&E).
HB72 was prefiled 2/3/09 and assigned to the House Committee on Constitution & Elections (House C&E). 2/19/09 pending third reading on day 7. Favorable from Constitution and Elections with 1 substitute 107129-2. 3/10/09 2nd read, 3rd read pending favorable from CCFE&E.
HB140 read for the first time on 2/3/09 and referred to the House Committee on Constitution and Elections (House C&E). 2/5/09 read for the second time and placed on the calendar. 2/12/09 read for third time and passed the House (100-0) and sent to the Senate. 2/19 sent to Senate Committee for Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections. 4/2/09 2nd read and amendment (11001-2) passed; pending 3rd read and favorable from CCFE&E.
HB161 read for the first time 2/3/09 and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Constitution and Elections. On 02/05/2009 read for the second time and placed on the calendar. Pending third reading. Favorable from Constitution and Elections.
HB283 read for the
first time on 2/3/09 and referred
to the House Committee on Constitution and
Elections (House C&E).
SB145 read for the first time on 2/3/09 and referred to the Senate Committee on Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics and Elections (Senate C&E). Reported favorable with one Substitute (108977-4).
the first time on 2/3/09 and referred to the Senate Committee on
Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections Senate (C&E). 3/10/09 pending 3rd read favorable from CCFE&E.
LWVAL has expressed support for HB38, HB55 and SB99, HB72 Substitute 107129-2, HB140, HB161, HB283 and SB205, SB145, and SB206.