Ballot includes 23 offices, four amendments

Published 10:57 pm Friday, October 29, 2010

A rare open slot for governor this election will make for change and excitement at the polls on Tuesday.

Probate Judge Wes Allen said years when two new candidates appear on the ballot for governor, more voters tend to show up.

“Normally in gubernatorial years, it’s usually a pretty large turnout,” he said.

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The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voter registration is now closed.

Voters must have one of 26 forms of valid I.D., including, but not limited to: bank statements, hunting licenses, Medicare cards, or a government document showing your name and address.

This year’s ballot includes 23 political offices with 40 candidates, plus two board of education seats in Districts 3 and 4.

Also on the ballot are four Amendments. Amendment One proposes to correct some technical language from a 2006 amendment that might affect how property taxes are levied, according to information from the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama. The amendment does not change the taxes themselves, but it addresses how operating costs are organized in local tax offices.

Amendment Two proposes that special county education taxes can be levied by a majority vote instead of a three-fifths vote.

Amendment Three, which has received the most press coverage lately, regards the use of $1 billion from the Alabama Trust Fund over 10 years for repairing Alabama’s roads and bridges.

Amendment Four applies mainly to Blount County, to prevent municipalities outside the county limits from imposing regulations within the county.

For all your election information, including polling places, visit http://www.pikeprobate.