Counting Write-In Votes | Hot 5

  • Published: November 7, 2016
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    PLUS… Key Dates This Week


    1. New Law on Counting Write-In Votes Effective NOW 

    Counting write-in votes this week will be less of an administrative burden than in past elections. The Legislature was successful in amending the provision of Alabama law that had required all write-in votes to be counted on election night. Under the new law (Act 2016-450), there is a new process to follow in the days following the election to determine whether the actual number of write-in votes can impact the outcome of the election. If the write-in votes cannot impact the election’s final outcome, then the actual ballots will be reviewed and counted only if one of the candidates agrees to pay the cost of counting such ballots. The ACCA had originally reported that this act would not be effective until December, but it was effective November 1 and will be used statewide tomorrow.



    2. Legislative Conference | Discounted Room Rate Extended

    Good news! The ACCA Legislative Conference is just around the corner, and the discounted conference rate for rooms at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel is still available. It has been extended through this Sunday – November 13. The conference packs a lot of valuable info into a very short time, and Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO Dr. David Bronner will be there to kick things off with his views on efforts that could undermine RSA.

    ACCA Legislative Conference

    December 7-8, 2016

    Renaissance Montgomery Hotel in Montgomery, Ala.


    3. Legislative Prep | ACCA District Meeting Dates Announced

    In the weeks before the Alabama Legislature convenes for the 2017 Regular Session, county officials and professionals will gather for their exclusive, pre-session briefings during one of the six ACCA District meetings scheduled around the state in January. Executive Director Sonny Brasfield will share the latest info on legislation that would be good and bad for counties, and the ACCA staff will outline the tools available for your advocacy efforts. As you know, success on county legislative goals is directly linked to the level of participation by members, so make your plans now to attend and be an active member of “67 counties, One voice.”

    Monroe County – January 10, 2017

    Elmore County – January 19, 2017

    Shelby County – January 23, 2017

    Crenshaw County – January 24, 2017

    Franklin County – January 30, 2017

    Marshall County – January 31, 2017


    4. Vote YES for Amendments 3, 4 & 14 Tomorrow

    Tomorrow, Alabama voters will cast their ballots for national, state and local offices, as well as 14 proposed constitutional amendments. Thanks to the efforts of county leaders across this state, many voters are well aware of the positive impacts that a YES vote on Amendments 3, 4, and 14 could have on county governments. Here are links to just a few of the newspaper articles across the state that have run in support of these three amendments:

    A ‘Yes’ Vote for Alabama Amendment 14 Will Protect Local Laws and Preserve Our Way of Life | Yellowhammer News

    Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford Reviews the Amendments on the Nov. 8th Ballot | Alabama Political Reporter

    How Four Proposed Amendments Could Impact Local Communities |

    In a final effort to ensure voters are informed about each of the 14 proposed amendments, the Association staff encourages county leaders to utilize the attached suggested social media posts in support of Amendments 3, 4 and 14.


    5. Thanking ACCA Partners 2017

    There are many private-sector organizations that work closely with county government throughout the state, and ACCA is especially appreciative of the 53 entities that have formalized that relationship by becoming ACCA Partners for 2017. When you cross paths with our Partners, please thank them for supporting the unified voice of county government.


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    KEY DATES THIS WEEKkey icon, dark blue round metallic internet button, web and mobi


    Election Day



    2 p.m. Webinar | Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA)



    Veterans Day – ACCA office closed



    Last Day for Conference Room Rate at the Renaissance Montgomery | ACCA Legislative Conference (Dec. 7-8)