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* Sheets, Connor (October 19, 2020) "‘An awesome experience’: Over 1,300 cast ballots in ‘historic’ Jeffco Saturday voting." {{BN}}
 
* Sheets, Connor (October 19, 2020) "‘An awesome experience’: Over 1,300 cast ballots in ‘historic’ Jeffco Saturday voting." {{BN}}
 
* Sheets, Connor (October 20, 2020) "Claims Jefferson County employees improperly influenced voters are unfounded: Secretary of State." {{BN}}
 
* Sheets, Connor (October 20, 2020) "Claims Jefferson County employees improperly influenced voters are unfounded: Secretary of State." {{BN}}
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* Cason, Mike (October 25, 2020) "Here’s 6 statewide constitutional amendments on ballot, and what they mean to you." {{BN}}
  
 
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Revision as of 12:06, 26 October 2020

The 2020 general election was held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to fill a range of county, state and federal offices, including, notably, electors for the office of President of the United States.

By comparison, 189,069 were cast in the 2020 primaries (33% turnout), and 626,551 ballots were cast in the runoffs (17.4% turnout), driven mostly by interest in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville.

Due to the ongoing 2020 Coronavirus pandemic‎‎ the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program filed a lawsuit seeking to force Alabama to give residents more options to vote while maintaining social distancing guidelines from public health authorities. Attorney General of Alabama Steve Marshall argued against the suit. Judge Abdul Kallon ruled that the state should allow local election authorities to provide curbside voting, and loosen absentee ballot requirements. His decision was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court on July 2 for the runoff election, but Kallon was allowed to continue hearings. On September 30, Kallon affirmed his orders for the general election. The 11th Circuit reversed Kallon's orders regarding absentee ballots, but allowed the local option for curbside voting to remain in place, pending the state's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill ruled that polling places could not require the wearing of face coverings, but that those concerned about transmission of the virus would be able to mark, "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls." on their ballot application without penalty. All other rules, including a requirement to enclose a photocopy of a state-issued ID, have two witnesses or a notary certify the signature, and to mail or personally hand-deliver the ballot to a county absentee election official, remained in place. Increased demand for in-person absentee voting at the Jefferson County Courthouse led the Jefferson County Commission to open the absentee office on Saturdays for two weekends prior to election day.

As part of an executive order issued on September 30, Governor Kay Ivey approved the use of remote training for poll workers, increased their compensation, and ordered counting of absentee ballots to begin at 7:00 AM on election day rather than after polls close.

Results

Federal offices

  • President of the United States and Vice President of the United States
    • Donald Trump and Mike Pence (Republican Party, incumbent)
    • Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (Democratic Party)

Statewide offices

Jefferson County offices

Statewide amendments

  • Proposed Amendment One to change voting qualification language from "every citizen of the U.S." to "only a citizen of the U.S."
  • Proposed Amendment Two to alter the composition and duties of the Judicial Inquiry Commission.
  • Proposed Amendment Three to extend the term of judges appointed to fill vacant seats before being subject to election.
  • Proposed Amendment Four to allow the state legislature to recompile the Alabama Constitution, without changes in substance, for later approval by voters.
  • Proposed Amendment Five to establish a "stand your ground" defense for homicides committed in churches in Franklin County.
  • Proposed Amendment Six to establish a "stand your ground" defense for homicides committed in churches in Lauderdale County.

References

  • Chandler, Kim (July 2, 2020) "Supreme Court blocks curbside voting in Alabama." Associated Press
  • Cason, Mike (July 20, 2020) "Merrill extends COVID-19 emergency absentee voting rule to general election." The Birmingham News
  • Crenshaw, Solomon Jr (September 9, 2020) "Polling Place Changes Prompt Jefferson County to Send Out New, More Colorful Cards." BirminghamWatch
  • Lyman, Brian (September 30, 2020) "Gov. Kay Ivey extends mask order to November." Montgomery Advertiser
  • Cason, Mike (September 30, 2020) "Judge rules Alabama counties can offer curbside voting, blocks some absentee voting laws." The Birmingham News
  • Roop, Lee (October 10, 2020) "Answering Trump, Alabama election boss spells out ‘the way it works’ at polls." The Birmingham News
  • "Federal Court Says ID, Witnesses Required for Absentee Voting." (October 14, 2020) BirminghamWatch
  • Sheets, Connor (October 19, 2020) "‘An awesome experience’: Over 1,300 cast ballots in ‘historic’ Jeffco Saturday voting." The Birmingham News
  • Sheets, Connor (October 20, 2020) "Claims Jefferson County employees improperly influenced voters are unfounded: Secretary of State." The Birmingham News
  • Cason, Mike (October 25, 2020) "Here’s 6 statewide constitutional amendments on ballot, and what they mean to you." The Birmingham News

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