Campaign Finance Reports
Per Section 17-5-9 (e) in The Code of Alabama 1975, “Commencing with the 2018 election cycle, all principal campaign committees and political action committees that file with the judge of probate, other than candidates for municipal office, shall file electronically with the Secretary of State pursuant to this chapter.”
The Alabama Legislature passed Act 2016-450 relating to counting write-in votes, in the August, 2016 Special Session. Beginning with the General Election on November 8, 2016, write-in votes will NOT be counted on election night. Rather, if the election night (unofficial) vote total for a particular race reflects that the vote differential is LESS than the number of write-in votes cast, then, in that event, write-ins for that particular race will be counted during the week following the Tuesday election, and will be addressed at the meeting for tabulating provisional ballots cast. (Note: Election results are NOT official until provisional ballots have been counted, Write-In Votes, if applicable, have been addressed, and the election results have been canvassed).
If you are interested in becoming a candidate in 2018 for a local office in Jefferson County, the qualifying periods are:
- Jefferson County Democratic Party: January 8, 2018 – February 9, 2018
- Jefferson County Republican Party: January 8, 2018 – February 9, 2018
If you are interested in becoming a candidate in 2018 for a state-wide office in Alabama, the qualifying periods are:
- Alabama Democratic Party: January 8, 2018 – February 9, 2018
- Alabama Republican Party: January 8, 2018 – February 9, 2018
State qualifying is with the state party office and local qualifying (Jefferson County) is with the county chairperson for each political party.
Declaration of candidacy must be filed with the county party chairman no later than 5:00 PM on June 5, 2018.
§17-13-5(a) Code of Alabama 1975
Fair Ballot Commission Statement
Act 2014-399, known as the Alabama Informed Voter Act, created the Fair Ballot Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to provide to the public a fair and accurate explanation of what a vote for and what a vote against a statewide measure represents.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
The voter registration deadline is 14 days before the election.
The Alabama legislature enacted Senate Bill 235 in April, 2014, amending Sections 17-3-50 and 17-4-2 Code of Alabama 1975.
Statewide Primary Election – June 5, 2018:
The last day to register to vote is Monday, May 21, 2018. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975
Primary Runoff Election – July 17, 2018:
The last day to register to vote is Monday, July 2, 2018. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975
General and Constitutional Amendment Election – November 6, 2018:
The last day to register to vote is Monday, October 22, 2018. [17-3-50(a)] Code of Alabama 1975
NEW ELECTION EQUIPMENT PURCHASED
Jefferson County has purchased new Electronic Poll Books (Poll Pads) and they will be launched Countywide in the Statewide Primary Election on June 5, 2018.
For many years past, Jefferson County has used a paper roster for voter check-in. This new system has been proven to decrease voters’ wait time on Election Day and simplify the check-in process. The new state of the art Poll Pads will be used for many years to come.
VOTER ADDRESS CHANGE EFFECTIVE APRIL 18, 2014
The Alabama Supreme Court issued an Opinion (Davis v. Bennett, 1111629) on April 18, 2014 regarding a Voter’s change of address.
As a voter is showing their Photo ID, the Poll Worker will look up the voter information and ask, “Is this your current address?”
If the answer is “NO”, the voter will be given the proper precinct name so they can travel to their proper precinct. At their new precinct, the voter will need to complete a Voter Update form, and vote a provisional ballot.
It is suggested that voters update their information upon moving instead of waiting until Election Day. The Voter will need to do so prior to 14 days before an election.
Voter Update Forms are available from the Jefferson County Registrar, Barry Stephenson, 716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Room 410-A, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Telephone: (205) 325-5550, or from Jefferson County Probate Court in Birmingham, 716 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Room 120, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Telephone: (205) 254-7387, or from Bessemer Probate, 1851 2nd Ave. N., Bessemer, Alabama 35020, Telephone: (205) 481-4100, or on-line at www.jeffcoelectionsal.com, click on VOTERS, and then on Register To Vote (the Form can also be used to update an address), print it, fill it in and mail to the Registrar (The mailing address for Jefferson County is on the form).