LWVAL Alabama Voter Guide for
U.S. Senate Special Election
is now online at
www.Vote411.org.
Read the media release.

We are awaiting response by Roy Moore and Luther Strange to questions posted in the Vote411 Voter Guide. These are questions important to the voters of Alabama. Please encourage the candidates to participate through your social media accounts and personal correspondence. Alabama voters want to know where all candidates for U.S. Senate from Alabama stand on the issues. Thank you!

LWV's respected election information website WWW.VOTE411.ORG has the information for which Alabama voters have been waiting. Visit www.vote411.org now to find your polling place, check voting hours, learn about the candidates seeking election to the Alabama US Senate seat, and read tips about voting in Alabama. Vote411.org is supported by our Education Fund. We never support or oppose any candidate or political party. Read the candidates' biographical information and answers to our voter guide questions. Visit www.vote411.org today, learn about the U.S. Senate Special Election, learn about the candidates, register to vote, and make your voice heard at the polls!


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Party Runoff Election for U.S. Senate seat will be held September 26

A Republican Party Runoff Election will be held on September 26, 2017 between candidates Roy Moore and Luther Strange. The winner of that runoff will face Democrat Doug Jones who won the Democratic Party's nod without a runoff. The General Election to choose the next Alabama U.S. Senator will be held on December 12. At this time there are no known independent candidates or third party candidates qualified for listing on the U.S. Senate General Election ballot.

IMPORTANT: In Alabama you do not have to declare a party preference. However, if you voted in the Democratic Party Primary Election on August 15, 2017, you are ineligible to vote in the Republican Party Runoff Election on September 26, 2017. This is a voting rule set by the political party. The Democratic Party maintains the same rule, but there is no Democratic Runoff Election on September 26 for the U.S. Senate race.

Continue to learn about the Senate candidates and the election through these Voter Guides:


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IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES FOR THE
U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election,
Tuesday September 26
(Republican Party only)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Last day to make application for absentee ballot for the primary runoff election, 5 days before the election

Monday, September 25, 2017 - Last day to postmark an absentee ballot being returned by mail to the absentee election manager, OR if delivered by hand, absentee ballot must be returned to the absentee election manager no later than the close of business on the last business day prior to the election, the day prior to the election (with some exceptions)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Primary Runoff Election

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Last day for military and other UOCAVA voters in the primary runoff to postmark an absentee ballot returned by mail to the Absentee Election Manager

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - No later than noon, the medical emergency designee must deliver absentee ballot to absentee elections manager

Monday, November 27, 2017 - Last day to register to vote for general election

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES FOR THE
U.S. Senate General Election,
Tuesday September 26
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Thursday, December 07, 2017 - Last day to make application for absentee ballot for the general election [17-11-3(a)) not less than 5 days before the election.

Monday, December 11, 2017 - Last day to postmark an absentee ballot being returned by mail to the absentee election manager, OR if delivered by hand, absentee ballot must be returned to the absentee election manager no later than the close of business on the last business day prior to the election, the day prior to the election

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - General Election

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Last day for military and other UOCAVA voters in the general election to postmark an absentee ballot returned by mail to the Absentee Election Manager.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - No later than noon, the medical emergency designee must deliver absentee ballot to absentee election manager


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LWVAL CERV flyerLWVAL has published a flyer on felon voting rights created for Alabama local leagues and MAL units to use at their voter registration events. Download the flyer here. A person committing only these crimes does not need a pardon to restore his/her voting rights, but he/she does have to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to Vote (CERV). Please keep this flyer handy at voter registration events to help answer questions.

The Felony Voter Disqualification Act (HB282) was enacted by the Alabama Legislature and signed into law during the 2017 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. This law defines felony crimes of moral turpitude that disqualify one from voting in Alabama. The attached flyer lists other crimes that DO NOT DISQUALIFY ONE FROM APPYING TO HAVE HIS/HER VOTING RIGHTS RESTORED. i.e. applying for a CERV.

FYI, there are many crimes that do not disqualify one from voting. Examples (as noted by the ACLU) are:
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felony DUIs
  • Driving while suspended
  • Possession of a controlled substance for personal use
  • Possession of marijuana for personal use
  • Fraudulent use of a credit card
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Domestic violence
  • Attempted murder
  • Obstructing justice with a false identity
  • Indecent exposure
One convicted of these crimes has not had his/her voting rights revoked and can register to vote immediately without applying for a CERV. More information is offered in this flyer published by the ACLU.

We hope you will keep this information handy to help those in need. Thank you for your service at your league's voter registration events!

Kim Bailey and Scarlett Gaddy,
LWVAL Voter Service, Co-chairs

Want to share this information? Share this link:
www.lwval.org/voter-service/CERV_flyer.html

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Let's work together to "Make Democracy Work" for everyone!

LWVAL Members and Friends,

When you vote, please take

this form with you to the polling place (or fill out at home): 
http://www.lwval.org/voter-service/ADA-Polling-Place-Checklist-fillable.pdf
Then mail, email, or fax it to ADAP as directed.

It is to provide an evaluation of the accessibility of your polling place. Where there are problems, we might be able to facilitate change by the next election. We are asking our LWVAL members to participate in this survey as a service to the
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)

On behalf of LWVAL and ADAP, thank you for your help!

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The League of Women Voters is
"Connecting, Engaging and Leading
for 2020 and Beyond:
A Transformational Journey"

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LWV Statement on Trump’s
“Election Integrity Commission”
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Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections:

“President Trump’s executive action today [5/11/17] announcing an Election Integrity Commission is an unnecessary distraction from the real work to protect against foreign hacking and interference in our electoral process. The real purpose of this effort is to justify President Trumps' false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections…." Read more.

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League of Women Voters of Alabama Supports the
Women's Suffragist Memorial!
You can, too!

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HONOR THAT SPECIAL WOMAN
IN YOUR LIFE!
(Mom doesn't need another scarf. Just sayin'.)

Remember that special, inspirational woman in your life with a gift to the LWVAL Women's Suffragist Memorial Fund. You can specify your gift as an honorarium or as a memorial gift. Click the "Donate" button below to make your gift, and then tell us about your honoree and whom we should notify about your generous gift.







OR… Would you rather mail your gift?

If you would rather mail your donation, make your check out to "LWVAL Education Fund" and note in the memo line "LWVAL Women's Suffragist Fund." Mail your check to:
      LWVAL Education Fund
      c/o Lella Lowe, Treasurer
      2609 Shay Court
      Mobile, AL 36695

If your gift is an honorarium or memorial please
submit this information form or include a note with that information so that we can inform the honoree or loved ones. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

What will the memorial look like? See the

Architects' Rendering of the Women's Suffragist Memorial.


ABOUT THE MEMORIAL

The League of Women Voters of Alabama is collecting and donating funds for the construction of the Women's Suffragist Memorial to be located in Occoquan Regional Park and the National Register listed DC Workhouse and Reformatory Historic District. This site is adjacent to the Occoquan Workhouse where Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and 211 other suffragists were imprisoned for picketing on behalf of women's suffrage at the White House gates. It was in the Occoquan Workhouse that the suffragists went on a hunger strike in protest of their treatment and the continued practice of denying women the right to vote. These women were force fed repeatedly during their stay. The United States Supreme Court later ruled all 213 arrests to be unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment. A donation from the League of Women Voters of Alabama Education Fund in the sum of $1000 will ensure Alabama Leagues are recognized on the donation wall of the Memorial. Please help us reach this goal by donating to our Women's Suffrage Memorial Fund. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

We will remember their sacrifice for our right to vote!
Thank you for your donation!


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LWVAL 2017 Regular Session
Legislative Report


Read the Report

Last updated May 20, 2017

The 2017 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature
adjourned Friday, May 19th sine die.

During the 2017 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, LWVAL kept citizens informed about the legislature's activities regarding issues of importance to the League via this 2017 Legislative Report. The report was updated weekly (with some exceptions). For each bill, the report includes bill sponsors, bill summary, link to complete bill text, current status of the legislation, LWVAL's position on the legislation, and LWVAL's action. Action Alerts urging citizens to contact their legislators were posted in this report at times when their voice would be most effective. The LWVAL 2016 Legislative Report remains posted for your review, along with the First Special Session of 2016.



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