When Alabamians head to the polls in November, they’ll be voting on 14 different amendments.
We’re taking a closer look at amendment 6 that reads, ” to repeal and replace Article VII, Impeachments.”
Unless you’re familiar with the state constitution, that probably doesn’t mean much to you, so Craig Baab of Alabama Appleseed explains what the amendment would do.
“The constitution now provides no vote total at which a person who has been impeached can be removed from office, so this amendment would require a two-thirds vote of the senate to remove someone from office,” Baab explained. “This is the same level of votes to remove someone from office as the U.S. constitution. It makes perfect sense.”
State Auditor Jim Zeigler disagrees. ” Amendment 6 is Bentley’s ‘get out of jail free card,'” Zeigler said Tuesday in a press conference. He claims that if the language is added to the constitution to require a two-thirds super-majority, then it would be difficult to impeach anyone.
“It’s difficult already to get the legislature to impeach and convict Governor Bentley. If the rules are changed now to raise the vote to impeach to two-thirds, it would make it almost impossible to impeach him,” Zeigler said.
Deciding whether or not the impeachment language is necessary isn’t up to Zeigler, Baab, or any official, it’s up to the voters of Alabama. The day to go to the polls is November 8th.