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Young Alabama Voters Look Forward To Election Day

More than 15 million people have turned 18 since the last presidential election, and new research shows they are interested and politically active. We checked in with three young Alabama women to hear what they’re thinking.

Today, October 19, Is The Last Day To Register To Vote

A record number of people in Alabama have applied for and cast absentee ballots ahead of the November 3 election.

Crowds Turn Out For Saturday Absentee Voting in Jeffco

At 11:30 a.m., a line of several dozen absentee voters extended from a checkpoint in front of the courthouse to the heart of Linn Park. The Alabama Poor People’s Campaign, an advocacy group for low-income people, was among several groups manning tables with absentee ballot applications for voters to fill out before they got in […]

Your Guide To Alabama’s 2020 Constitutional Amendments

Changes to voting, the judicial system and the Alabama Constitution itself are on the ballot.

County Commission Votes To Open The Courthouses For Saturday Absentee Voting

The Jefferson County Commission voted unanimously Friday to open the courthouses in Birmingham and Bessemer for in-person absentee voting.

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The Census Counting Is Done, But The Result Is Unknown

Officials note a 99.9% response rate for Alabama. What's behind that number is tricky.

Voters Answer Call To Become First-Time Poll Workers

As uncertainty around the November 3rd election looms, election officials and dozens of non-partisan organizations are recruiting poll workers.

Federal Court Says ID, Witnesses Required For Absentee Voting

To vote absentee you must now provide a photo ID and have the signatures of two witnesses or a notary.

Jefferson County Election Officials Consider Offering Absentee Voting On A Weekend

"The volume of absentee voting that we're seeing is truly unprecedented and we're doing it in the midst of a pandemic," said Jefferson County Probate Judge James Naftel.

Jefferson County Clerk’s Office Redesigns To Handle Throngs Of Voters

It was a working weekend of those in the clerk’s office as they set the stage for what they hope is a more efficient processing of in-person absentee voters.

Watch Live: Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watch the hearings live. (Oct. 12-14 starting at 8 a.m. Central. This special coverage will preempt our regular schedule.)

Secretary of State Intervenes As Frustration Mounts Among Jefferson County Voters

The Alabama Secretary of State's Office created a new plan to help Jefferson County with its long absentee voting lines and understaffing, but specifics of the plan remain unclear.

Live: The 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris debated in Salt Lake City. Their only face-off of the 2020 campaign comes with a wave of uncertainty with President Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Follow updates and fact-checks on the debate.

Municipalities In Jefferson County Elect New Mayors In Runoffs

The cities of Homewood and Center Point have named new mayors. Meanwhile, the city of Fairfield has reelected its mayor after a runoff election.

Nonprofits Adapt To Harsh Financial Conditions After Birmingham Budget Cuts

The city of Birmingham's newly passed 2021 fiscal budget is nearly $50 million smaller than last year. Among the numerous budget cuts was funding to external nonprofits.

With Voters More Polarized, Alabama Straight Ticket Voting Expected to Increase

Alabama is one of six states that still allows straight ticket voting, and it is increasingly popular.

What You Can Do About Election Disinformation

Disinformation this election is not just about Russia. But there are ways to be on guard.

State Republicans Criticize Doug Jones For Opposing Supreme Court Nominee

Republican party leaders say Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is making Alabama look weak by refusing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Birmingham Passes “Phantom” Budget, Unchanged From Woodfin’s Proposal

The Birmingham City Council approved Mayor Randall Woodfin’s proposed 2021 city budget this week. The $412 million budget includes nearly 250 indefinite furloughs with more than half coming from the city’s library system.

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Jones Hopes To Defy Political Odds Again

Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones won a special election in deeply conservative Alabama in 2017. He maintains he can do it again in November.

Gov. Ivey Extends COVID-19 Mask Order

Alabama's mask mandate will remain in place through Nov. 8.

Live Updates: 1st Presidential Debate Between Trump And Biden

Follow NPR’s live coverage of the first 2020 presidential election debate, including fact-checking and analysis. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were in Cleveland for the event, moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

‘The Whole South Goes Dark’: What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Could Mean For Abortion Access

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has brought about concerns over reproductive rights. Some worry that if President Trump's Supreme Court Justice nominee is approved that access to abortion will grow even narrower, especially in the south.

Protesters Not Allowed Into Birmingham Council Meeting To Speak On Drastic Cuts To The Library Budget

Protesters gathered outside Birmingham City Hall on Tuesday morning, but they weren’t allowed to speak at the City Council meeting going on three stories above them.

Doug Jones: Supreme Court Nomination Is ‘A Political Power Play’

Debate over the future of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat is the latest political clash. The divide is reflected in Alabama too.

Officials Urge Residents to Stay Away As Hurricane Sally Cleanup Begins

One person died from the storm as forecasters warn rivers will remain flooded into the weekend.

Birmingham City Council Seeks Halt To Closing Of Recreation Centers

A proposal to close 12 of Birmingham's recreation centers is facing pushback by city council members.

Woodfin’s Constantly Changing Budget Leaves Library Board, City Council to Wonder: “What the Heck Is Going On?”

A proposed budget for the city of Birmingham wants to cut funding to the Birmingham Public Library for the third time.

Three Jeffco Cities Pick Mayors as Six Municipalities Hold Runoffs on Oct. 6

Voters return to the polls next month for municipal runoffs around Jefferson County.

JeffCo Commissioners Discuss $199 Million Budget With One-Time Longevity Bonuses For County Employees

Jefferson County commissioners are set Thursday to consider a budget that would include $1.485 million for a one-time longevity payment to each county employee.