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Election briefs: Mooney wins SBOE race; voters say ‘no’ to amendment 1

Mooney wins state board of education race

It appears Republicans Kelly Mooney avoided a runoff to win outright the State Board of Education District 3 seat.

Mooney had 51.2% of the vote late Tuesday. Charlotte Meadows received 23.5%, Ann Eubank received 13.4% and Melissa Snowden, who qualified in November for the race but did not actively campaign, received nearly 12%. 

Mooney, of Birmingham, has an education degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and worked for 15 years in the admissions office of Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham. Mooney is married to state Rep. Arnold Mooney.

According to the most recent campaign finance information, Mooney led fundraising and spent more than $97,500 on the race. Meadows had spent nearly $71,000.

There is no Democrat seeking the seat.

Montgomery Republican Stephanie Bell announced in November she was not seeking re-election after nearly 30 years on the board.


Alabama voters say no to changing legislative vote process

The Alabama Legislature will have to keep a procedural vote before considering local bills after voters Tuesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment.

The state constitution says lawmakers are supposed to prioritize the passage of the state’s budgets and when considering any legislation before the budgets are approved must take a procedural vote called the Budget Isolation Resolution. As long as at least three-fifths of the quorum in a chamber votes in favor of the BIR, debate on a bill, and a potential vote for passage, can proceed. The intent of Tuesday’s amendment was to do away with the BIR before the House or Senate votes on legislation that would impact just one county or municipality, known as local legislation.

Unofficial results Tuesday night showed 51.3% of 695,758 voters rejecting the proposal.


Thousands of voters in nearly drawn AL-2 get incorrect polling place information

More than 6,000 voters in a newly formed congressional district drawn to heighten Black voting power in Alabama received postcards with incorrect voting information ahead of Tuesday’s primary, The Associated Press reported.

James Snipes, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Registrars, said 6,593 county voters received postcards listing the incorrect congressional district after the county’s election software misidentified some people living in the 2nd Congressional District as living in the 7th.

Snipes said voters arriving at the polls were still able to vote for the correct candidates. The county had sent about 2,000 notices to affected voters as of Tuesday evening and will send out an additional 4,000 on Wednesday, he said.

“Everyone who came to their precinct was able to vote for the correct candidates,” Snipes said, attributing the incorrect information to a “software glitch” made when adjusting to the recent shift in state congressional districts. “This was a good-faith effort.”

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