What will be on county’s Nov. 6 ballot?

Published 2:37 pm Monday, October 29, 2018

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Shelby County residents will have a chance to cast votes in several contested local and statewide races and amendments to the state’s constitution on Nov. 6.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on election day, and results will be available on Shelbycountyreporter.com as they are counted at the Shelby County Courthouse after polls close.

County voters will be able to cast votes in the following contested races on Nov. 6:


-Alabama Governor: Kay Ivey (R) and Walt Maddox (D)

-Alabama Lieutenant Governor: Will Ainsworth (R) and Will Boyd (D)

-U.S. Representative: District 6: Danner Kline (D) and Gary Palmer (R)

-Alabama Attorney General: Steve Marshall (R) and Joseph Siegelman (D)

-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Tom Parker (R) and Bob Vance Jr. (D)

-Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place 4: Jay Mitchell (R) and Donna Wesson Smalley (D)

-Alabama Secretary of State: John Merrill (R) and Heather Milam (D)

-Alabama Auditor: Miranda Karrine Joseph (D) and Jim Zeigler (R)

-Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1: Cara McClure (D) and Jeremy Oden (R)

-Alabama Public service Commission Place 2: Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. (R) and Kari Powell (D)

-State Senate District 11: Carl Carter (D) and Jim McClendon (R)

-State Senate District 14: Jerry McDonald (D) and Cam Ward (R)

-State Senate District 16: Lindsey Deckard (D) and J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (R)

-State House of Representatives District 15: Suzanna Coleman (D) and Allen Farley (R)

-State House of Representatives District 41: Corley Ellis (R) and Emily Anne Marcum (D)

-State House of Representatives District 43: Carin Mayo (D) and Arnold Mooney (R)

-State House of Representatives District 45: Dickie Drake (R) and Jenn Gray (D)

-State House of Representatives District 48: Jim Carns (R) and Alli Summerford (D)

-State House of Representatives District 73: Matt Friday (R) and Jack Jacobs (D)

-Shelby County Board of Education Place 2: David Bobo (R) and Susan Lehman (D)


Voters also will have a chance to decide if they will pass four proposed amendments to the state constitution and one amendment specific to Shelby County:


-Proposed state amendment No. 1 would allow for the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body, and would prohibit the expenditure of public funds in the defense of the constitutionality of the amendment.

-Proposed state amendment No. 2 would “affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children” and to “provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

-Proposed state amendment No. 3 deals with the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama, and would “specify the congressional districts from which members are appointed continue to reflect those as constituted on Jan. 1, 2018.” If passed, the amendment would also remove the state superintendent of education from the board and would no longer require board members to vacate office at the meeting after their 70th birthday.

-Proposed state amendment No. 4 would leave a State House or Senate seat vacant until the next general election if it is vacated on or after Oct. 3 of the third year of a four-year term. Under current law, a special election would be held to fill the remainder of the term regardless of how much time is left in the term.

-Proposed local amendment No. 1 would remove residents of cities with their own school systems, such as Hoover, Pelham and Alabaster, from voting on the Shelby County Board of Education superintendent and School Board members.

To view a sample ballot for the Nov. 6 election, click here.