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Alabama constitutional amendment on ballot will help protect integrity of future elections | News | #elections | #alabama

We are now less than 30 days to the Nov. 8 general elections in Alabama.

There will be a lot of statewide and local races for voters to choose when they go to the polls. However, down the ballot after the candidates for office, there are also 10 amendments to the Alabama Constitution to be considered.

One of those is Amendment 4 and relates to general elections in the state of Alabama. If approved by voters, in the future Alabama lawmakers would have to enact any changes to election law at least six months before any election that may be affected by the new statute. 

This amendment was proposed by State Representative Jim Carns because some laws governing how votes could be considered or counted were changed around the country close to the last presidential election. 

Just as in football, the rules of the game should not be changed while they are playing. 

Election laws should be no different, so voters have confidence in the integrity of the results. It is not fair to candidates or voters when the law governing access to the ballots are altered so close to the days the polls open.

Hopefully this Amendment will pass in November and go in effect before the next set of elections.

Paul DeMarco is a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives and can be found on Twitter at @Paul_DeMarco.

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