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Foundation Principle

Alabama’s election laws must maintain an unquestioned level of integrity and objectivity while avoiding the wasteful spending of limited local and state resources.  Likewise, the reporting and disclosure requirements placed on candidates only serve to bolster such efforts to garner public confidence in the election process.  The Association supports efforts to eliminate many of the unenforceable and overbroad provisions of Alabama’s election law while not generating additional unnecessary costs or burdens at the local level.

Strategic Goals

In furtherance of this Foundation Principle, the Association will actively pursue the passage of legislation to accomplish the following strategic goals:

→ To eliminate the requirement that the county commission set and fund school tax elections for municipal school systems.

→ Support legislation amending Alabama law reforming the current Board of Registrar system to provide more accountability, state and local oversight, and minimum qualifications for appointments.

→ To allow the county commission, in its discretion, to assume responsibility for the absentee election function when there is a change in the office of circuit clerk.

Legislative Policy

In addition to its strategic goals, the Association has adopted the following legislative policy consistent with this Foundation Principle: 

♦ Encourage the Alabama Legislature to reject changes to any election laws without closely reviewing, considering and debating the financial and administrative impact on county government.

♦ Opposition to eliminating a runoff election except in the most extreme circumstances where the outcome of the primary is inevitable.

♦ Support for any legislative or administrative efforts aimed at eliminating waste and reducing state and county election expenses provided such efforts maintain the integrity of the election process.

♦ Support for authorizing counties to satisfy election-related publication requirements by posting information on a public website and making copies available at the courthouse.