Alabama’s Special Election Primary is today. In case you haven’t been keeping up, we’re voting on candidates to fill Attorney General Sessions’ seat and finish his term. Ellie and I strolled across the street to do our Civic Duty.
We do it for the stickers.
It was lonely in there. It looked like mine was the fourth name on the voter roster. There were four poll workers.
Go vote, Alabama! You’ve got so many choices today – there’s even a Democratic primary ballot! It’ll only take a minute since there’s nobody in line…
Update: You might have seen us on the national news. We’ll have a Republican runoff on September 26 between Roy Moore (Alabama has fired him TWICE) and Luther Strange (got his appointment under Dubious Circumstances involving our Former Governor). Doug Jones (successfully prosecuted two of the men who bombed a church in Birmingham in 1963 and killed four little girls) will represent the small blue dots. Just as a general point of interest: Alabama hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since Senator Shelby in 1992. He defected to the Republican Party two years later and is still Alabama’s senior senator. Out of 3.3 million registered voters, only 578,326 people cast ballots on Tuesday. That’s not democracy.
When you are faced with that empty ballot, maybe take a deep breath and find some peace.
I always think about all those “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s headstone. Ellie and I are 19th Amendment people. Her bedroom window is loaded with “I Voted” stickers.
Then I think about the woman who were kept from practicing their constitutional right to vote for another 40 years after the 19th Amendment passed.
Then I mark my ballot.
PS Don’t forget to flip your ballot over and check the back! Alabama has 14 amendments back there. Edited to Add: Baldwin county has five more that I wasn’t ready for! Also, (like in New York) no ballot selfies allowed in Alabama!
PPS Edited again to add: Selvage has an interesting article about prison embroidery by suffragettes.
PPPS One more: Susan B. Anthony’s cemetery is open late tonight to accommodate the steady crowd of visitors.
Alabama’s voter registration deadline is October 24.
And you can register online.
Just putting that out there.
The 1 mill, which needed 60% of the vote to pass, failed.
The 3 mill, which needed a simple majority, passed (56%).
While the county has lost about $3.6 million for schools, it’s kept enough millage to get matching money from the state and to stay in compliance with state funding requirements.
The school system gets to keep the majority of it’s budget. At least enough to not implode in the next year or so.
There are only provisional ballots left to be counted, so the media seems to feel secure with these results:
A Pass and A Fail For Baldwin School Tax Vote
If you’ve been following along, you probably remember the Big School Tax Millage Debacle. That one time when the citizens of our county not only voted to reject the tax increase slated to fix the school system’s aging facilities and massive overcrowding, but also failed to renew the existing school tax that currently supports the public schools? Yeah, that Debacle. The drama and dramatic aftermath is chronicled here.
Today on our primary ballots, the county gets a second chance to approve the renewals. If the 4 mils aren’t renewed, not only is that tax income lost but any additional funds from the state are lost as well (if the county doesn’t put in a required amount, the state doesn’t help out).
A mill is about $1 for every $1000 of assessed property value.
I don’t know if y’all know this, but Alabama is a Very Red State. The current fad among the Red States is anti- …well… everything. That includes taxes. Let’s just see how tax renewals play out next to all those Republican candidates.