2013 Birmingham municipal election

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The 2013 Birmingham municipal election was held in on Tuesday August 27, 2013 to fill the positions of Mayor of Birmingham and all nine seats on the Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Board of Education.

The concurrent election of Mayor and City Council was the first since the 1980s. The idea of putting both offices on the same ballot was suggested to State Representative Merika Coleman-Evans by Leona Payne as a way of lessening the politicizing of city business when multiple Council members were running for Mayor. The law changing the election cycle for Mayor passed in 2010.

Many voters changed districts since the 2011 mayoral election due to redistricting following the 2010 census. Polling places, however, remained the same for all voters, meaning that some locations hosted voters from two or three districts. Some errors in ballot distribution were reported on election day.

There were nearly 129,770 registered voters in the city. 27,435 of those cast votes in the Mayoral race, giving the election a turnout rate of 21.13%. Only 8.5% of voters turned out for the runoff election.

The official qualification period was from June 28-July 12. Results of the general election were certified by the City Clerk on September 3. Runoff elections were held on October 8, 2013.

Elected officials began their term of office on October 22.


Results

Mayor

With 143 of 144 boxes reporting (99%)

City Council

Board of Education

References

  • Bryant, Joseph D. (June 28, 2013) "It's open season: Birmingham mayor and council election cycle officially begins today." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (July 3, 2013) "Seeking a comeback: Familiar names on growing candidate list for Birmingham mayor/council races." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (July 12, 2013) "Who's in and who's out: Birmingham Council President Royal makes City Hall exit official." The Birmingham News
  • Whitmire, Kyle (July 12, 2013) "Giattina runs unopposed for Birmingham school board, 25 others qualify for other eight seats." The Birmingham News
  • Kennedy, Joey (July 18, 2013) "This most important election could determine Birmingham's future." The Birmingham News
  • Reed, Jon (August 2, 2013) "Candidates for Birmingham mayor, council, board of education talk land use, crime, governing at forum." The Birmingham News
  • Archibald, John (August 2, 2013) "Birmingham politics: Is it more than felons, failures and Antwon Womack?" The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (August 19, 2013) "Birmingham City Council candidate warns of election day 'disaster' with confusion over district lines." The Birmingham News
  • Archibald, John (August 21, 2013) "Birmingham elections will be back. After a word from sponsors." The Birmingham News
  • "City Election Primer 2013" (August 21, 2013) Weld for Birmingham
  • Leech, Marie (August 24, 2013) "Birmingham voters will help determine fate of city school system Tuesday." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (August 26, 2013) "Problems, progress, potential: More than bragging rights at stake in Birmingham municipal elections Tuesday." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (August 27, 2013) "William Bell wins another term as mayor of Birmingham." The Birmingham News
  • Whitmire, Kyle (August 29, 2013) "Birmingham City elections by the numbers: Turnout remains level from 2009, but results vary by office" The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (August 30, 2013) "Birmingham municipal elections made history, broke no records with participation." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (September 3, 2013) "Birmingham election officials certify Aug 27. votes, address alleged problems at polling place." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (October 4, 2013) "The final stretch: Birmingham City Council runoff candidates make final appeals for Tuesday election day." The Birmingham News
  • Leech, Marie (October 7, 2013) "Polls are open: Six run for three open spots on Birmingham school board; runoffs also in two City Council races." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (October 8, 2013) "Birmingham voters return Rafferty, tap Lundy to City Council seats in runoff elections." The Birmingham News
  • Leech, Marie (October 8, 2013) "Collins, Gardner and Hendricks win seats on the Birmingham Board of Education." The Birmingham News

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