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The complete research by Election Law @ Moritz for Alabama can be found below.

Institutional Arrangements

State Chief Election Authorities

Elected individual (R)

Chief election authority: Secretary of State. Ala.Code 1975 § 17-1-3.

Method of selection: Elected. Ala.Code. 1975 § 17-14-1.

Current officer: Beth Chapman (R). His opinions blended with caring attitude, Birmingham News, October 14, 2007. (Last updated 12/29/07)

State High Court Composition

R heavy/elected

Method of selection: Partisan election. Ala.Code 1975 § 12-2-1.

Justices: Sue Bell Cobb (D), Harold Frend See, Jr. (R), Champ Lyons, Jr. (R), Thomas A. Woodall (R), Lyn Stuart (R), Patricia M. Smith (R), Michael F. Bolin (R), Tom Parker (R), Glenn Murdock (R) (Last updated 12/19/07)


Voter Registration

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EL@M did not research this topic for Alabama

Provisional Ballots

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Early and Absentee Voting

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Voting Technology

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Polling Place Operations

Polling place closing times - local times

7:00 PM local time

Polling place closing times - by Eastern time zone

8:00 PM Eastern time

Ballot Security

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Emergency Preparedness

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Post-Election Processes

What Court Would Hear a Presidential Contest?

No Presidential election contest permitted

Alabama does not have Presidential election contests, but limits general election contests to state offices. Ala.Code. 1975 17-16-40. It is possible, however, that a contest of a Presidential primary election would be allowed, as Ala.Code 17-13-70 and 17-13-71 authorize primary contests generally and do not seem to limit them to contests of particular offices. Such a contest would be conducted by the executive committee of the state political party. 

Who Performs Presidential recounts?


The statute simply says that "the canvassing board shall obtain the polling officials necessary to conduct the recount...." 17-16-20. There is no explicit requirement of bipartisanship.

The canvassing board is the judge of probate, circuit clerk, and county sheriff in a general election. 17-1-2. All three of these officials are elected. 12-13-30; 12-17-90; 36-3-4. In a primary election, the county executive committee of the party is the canvassing board. Id.

The Alabama administrative code contains no relevant information. See AL ADC 820-X-8-.01- 820-6-3.02. Neither does the Secretary of State's website. The recount shall be conducted "under the supervision of a trained and certified poll official." Id. Representatives of opposing interests may attend the recount. 17-16-20.