The presidential race may have hogged the spotlight on the ballot, but there were 14 state amendments on the back page.
All eyes were on Amendment 14, the most convoluted yet influential amendment on the ballot, because without it, hundreds of local laws throughout the state could be in jeopardy due to a lawsuit in Chilton County.
Amendment 14 passes by 69% with 84% of the state’s precincts reporting.
It matters because the lawsuit in Chilton County argues that all of the bills that were passed without the full body of the House voting to put budget negotiations on hold (Budget Isolation Resolution, BIR) should be thrown out. To give you some insight, In the 90’s, it was mandated the budget get approval first before going on to other business. House members were only voting to enter into a BIR when their counties were affected, thus not following the proper procedure to a Tee. The local laws effected under amendment 14 range from annexations to taxes to pay raises for law enforcement.
The most controversial on the list is arguably amendment 6 because it clarifies that a two-thirds super-majority in the state senate is needed to impeach a public official, and we all know what public official is at risk for impeachment.
Amendment 6 passes by 54% with 84% of the state’s precincts reporting.
Even though the amendment was written several months before impeachment even became an issue for Governor Robert Bentley, many Alabama voters saw the two hand-in-hand. State Auditor Jim Zeigler even rallied a campaign against Amendment 6, but Alabama voters decided that impeachment language needs to be in the state constitution.
Another big amendment many people had their eye on was number 2, that would essentially wall off money raised by state parks from lawmakers looking to use it for other issues like fixing state budget shortfalls.
Amendment 2 passes by 80% with 85% of the state’s precincts reporting.
Amendment 2 held a solid lead throughout the night while other amendment battles were much closer.
In the end, though, early projections show Alabama voters will pass all 14 amendments on the ballot.