Alabama Voters have approved a constitutional amendment that provides special protection to anyone who kills someone in self-defense at a church in Franklin County.
The Attorney General’s office has said that Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law is already in force inside churches. But backers supported Amendment 5, supporting more specific provisions for churches in the northwestern part of the state.
A similar amendment affecting Lauderdale County was also approved.
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Republicans carried on their White House winning streak in Alabama as President Donald Trump swept the state against Democrat Joe Biden and claimed nine electoral votes.
The GOP has won Alabama in every presidential election since 1976, when neighbor Jimmy Carter Georgia Was on the ballot. This year was hardly suspect, as Republicans occupied every statewide office, but one, as well as major majorities in both houses of the Legislature.
While issues including impeachment and the coronovirus epidemic threatened Trump nationally, there were no cases in Alabama that Trump had against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Some Republican candidates campaigned for a second term a little more than they supported Trump.
The state Democratic Party held this election better than in 2016, and the former vice president visited Selma before the coronovirus epidemic called off his campaign for months, but one on historic proportions in Biden Alabama Could not close the gap.
Former college football coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday defeated Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama, taking back the U.S. Senate seat for Republicans.
Jones was widely regarded as the Senate’s most endangered Democrat as Republicans once reliably attempted to prioritize a conservative seat in the 2020 election.
Tuberville never held a public position and became the last coach four years ago. He closely associated himself with President Donald Trump and announced in the primary campaign that “God sent us Donald Trump.”
Republicans earlier this year held Jones’s hand in his vote to indict Trump in a Senate impeachment trial.
Two Republican newcomers won US House seats over Democrats, and two GOP dissidents were easily re-elected to Congress.
Jerry Carl, the Republican business owner and chairman of the Mobile County Commission, retained control of the congressional seat representing Southwest Alabama, defeating Democrat James Everhart. Karl is now in possession of Bradley Byron, who ran a failed campaign for the Senate.
GOP nominee Barry Moore defeated Democrat Fitis Harvey-Hall to win the US House held by Rep. Martha Robbie and put the Alabama district southeast in Republican hands. Moore, Enterprise, is a former state representative and business owner, while Harvey-Hall is a teacher. Robbie did not seek a reunion.
Mike Rogers of Rape won a 10th term in the 3rd District of East Alabama against Democrat Edia Winff Winff, while Rayleigh’s Robert Aderholt secured a 13th term in office against Democrat Rick Neighbors in the Fourth District, including most of North Alabama Huh.
Reps. Mont Brooks of Huntsville; Gary Palmer of Hoover; And Terry Seawell of Selma was elected unopposed in the general election.
State voters approved at least five of the five statewide constitutional amendments that were on the ballot.
Alabama voters approved Amendment 1, one of the most symbolic measures pushed by Republicans, stating that only American citizens have the right to vote, which is already a national law. The Alabama Constitution currently states that every male citizen can vote, although the 19th amendment granted women’s suffrage in 1920.
Voters also approved Amendment 4, a ballot measure that would remove racist language from the state constitution of 1901, which was passed to ensure white supremacy. The proposal allows for a reorganization of the constitution to ban mixed-caste marriages and prohibit racially segregated schools. Although no longer in effect, proponents of the amendment say the injunction is an embarrassment and should be removed.
Amendment 3, which would extend the amount of time appointed district and circuit judges may seek approval. Currently, judges appointed by the governor serve an initial term of one year or the remainder of the original term, whichever is longer. An appointed judge must serve at least two years before the election as part of the change.
Amendment 6 was approved by the voter, providing special protection to anyone who kills someone in self-defense at a church in Lauderdale County. The result of the nearly identical measurement associated with Franklin County, Amendment 5, was unclear. Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law already applies inside churches, the Attorney General’s office has said, but backers have endorsed more specific provisions for churches in the northwestern part of the state.
The result was not clear for Amendment 2, which allows the full Alabama Supreme Court to appoint a director of the state’s court system, a task now performed solely by the Chief Justice, and make other changes to the judicial system . Amendment 3 would extend the period of time that appointed district and circuit judges may serve.
Republican Twinkle Andres Cavanuagh won a third term as utility-regulation chairman of the Alabama Public Service Commission by defeating Democrat Laura Casey. Cavanuagh was the first woman to serve as president of the Alabama Republican Party and has closely associated herself with Trump.
Casey opposed the three-member PSC, with all Republicans more interested in protecting the state’s largest electric utility, the Alabama Power Company, than consumers. It recently lost an appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court, which rejected its right to quash a hearing held before the PSC about solar energy charges.
The ballot consisted of three contested seats of the Alabama State Board of Education.
Republican Jackie Ziggler won the District 1 race for the State School Board in southwest Alabama by defeating Democratic candidate Tom Holmes. Ziegler, who is the board’s vice chairman, is a retired principal. Holmes is a retired state employee, who also led the Disability Advocacy Program.
Republican Stephanie Bell noted her experience supporting educational programs, including the Alabama Reading Initiative, as she occupied an eighth term representing the Third District of Central Alabama. He defeated Geralin Annie, professor and vice president of academic affairs at Miles College in Birmingham.
Democrat Tony Smith Chestnut has defeated Republican Lesa Keith for the 5th district seat and represents the black belt area of Alabama on the state school board. Chestnut is a retired teacher, while Keith serves on the Montgomery School Board and works as a real estate broker. The position is now appointed by Tommy Stewart.
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