LWVAL Action Priority Level II - Monitoring occurs; action dependent on opportunity and available resources.
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LWVAL has taken a position on these bills:
SB59/HB216 - Voter registration, to allow persons to register up to and on date of election, Sec. 17-3-50 am'd.
Sponsor(s): SB59: Senator Sanders HB216: Representative Melton
Summary/Synopsis: This bill would allow registration up to and including the day of election.
League Action and Justification: Strongly support. A central tenet of the League’s mission since its inception over 90 year ago is the encouragement of informed and active participation in governmental affairs. This bill makes it easier to extend the franchise.
HB104 - Voter registration, prohibited within 30 days of election, elections, prohibit campaigning within 150 feet of polling place, Secs. 17-3-50, 17-9-50 am'd.
Sponsor(s): By Representatives Williams (JD), Moore (B), Garrett, Clouse, Boothe, Millican, Baker, Ingram, Polizos, Shiver, Sessions, Holmes (M), Brown, Carns, Wingo, Henry, Sells, Rowe, Davis, Hanes, Whorton (R), Treadaway, South, Fridy, Williams (P), McCutcheon, Weaver, Faust and Butler
Summary/Synopsis: This bill would extend the window before elections in which registration may not take place from 14 days to 30 days. It would also prohibit anyone other than the voters or officials from being within 150 feet (rather than 30 feet) of the polling places.
League Action: Strongly oppose This bill would discourage participation by making it more difficult to register to vote, and in some polling places the 150 foot rule could make it impossible for the politically active to transmit information to the voter.
03/18/2015: 2nd Reading and place on the Calendar with 2 Amendments; pending 3rd Read and Favorable from CC&E; CC&E 1st (166090-1) and 2nd (166093-1) Amendments Offered.
06/03/2015: Indefinitely postponed
Note: The first amendment completely removes the paragraph dealing with the period of registration; so, the 30 days is gone but so is the 14 days it replaced. The second amendment changed the 150 feet rule to 100. The current rule is 30.
HB254 - Elections, Secretary of State authorized to share voter lists with other states free of charge, state agencies and Dept. of Public Safety to provide information and data to Secretary of State to maintain voter registration database, Sec. 17-4-38 am'd.
LWVAL supports HB254 and reports on this bill under the issue "Elections & Campaign Finance." Follow HB254 here.
SB294 - Convicted felons, automatic restoration of voting rights upon discharge from correctional institution, legislative oversight committee established, retroactive effect, Secs. 15-22-36, 17-3-31 am'd.; Sec. 15-22-36.1 repealed
Sponsor(s): Senator Sanders
Summary/Synopsis: An individual who has lost the right to vote because he or she has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude would automatically have the right restored upon completion of the individual's terms of incarceration. Upon release, the individual would be presented with voter registration forms and helped to register to vote.
League Action and Justification: Oppose. This creates further restrictions on the right to vote. [Note: The absentee ballots application requires including a drivers license number or last four digits of owns Social Security number.]
HB115 - Definition of Moral Turpitude Act, established, crimes which disqualify citizens from voting provided, Sec. 17-3-30.1 added
Sponsor(s): Representative McClammy
Summary/Synopsis: Alabama denies the right to vote to persons who have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude. The Supreme Court found this unconstitutional, because it is too vague. This bill defines these felonies, listing them by name and statute number. The felonies included range from murder and rape to shoplifting an amount in excess of $500.
League Action and Justification: Monitor Although it is good to have clarification of what crimes will bar a citizen from the right to vote, the list in this bill is extremely extensive. Bill will be monitored for action and changes.
HB464 - Education, county boards of education and county superintendents of education elected, by qualified electors outside of areas of county with city boards of education and city superintendents of education, Secs. 16-9-2, 16-9-5, 16-9-6 am'd.
LWVAL is monitoring HB464 and reports on this bill under the issue "Education." Follow HB464 here.