Elections 2018

Jefferson County’s First African American Sheriff Wants to Boost Diversity

Mark Pettway begins his job as Jefferson County sheriff today. He’s the first African American to hold that post after defeating longtime Republican Sheriff Mike Hale in November. One of his priorities is to hire and promote more women and minorities in law enforcement.

New Jefferson County Commission Takes Office With Three New Members

Sheila Tyson and Lashunda Scales were sworn into office as Jefferson County commissioners Wednesday, along with Steve Ammons, a former Vestavia Hills City Council member. Tyson and Scales are Democrats; Ammons is a Republican. The Republican majority continues on the commission with incumbents Jimmie Stephens and Joe Knight.

Jefferson County’s ‘Blue Wave:’ How the First Black Sheriff and District Attorney Won Election

Jefferson County’s first black sheriff and district attorney were swept into office Tuesday on a wave of Democratic straight-ticket voting.

Democrats Angered at Lack of State Party Support

Democrats across the country took the House and flipped several governorships during the midterms. It was a different story in Alabama. Democrats here lost every statewide race, and they lost five statehouse seats to Republicans. Recent news reports say the Alabama Democratic Party sat on hundreds of thousands of dollars -- money candidates say could have been used toward their campaigns. Many Alabama Democratic candidates blame their poor performance on the lack of support from the state Party.

Former AL Senator Jeff Sessions Resigns as Attorney General

The day after the 2018 midterms, Jeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general. In a letter to President Trump, Sessions told the president that he is stepping down “at your request.”

Republicans Maintain Firm Control After Alabama Midterms

Republicans left no doubt about their dominance of Alabama politics Tuesday. Republican incumbent Governor Kay Ivey turned back a challenge from Democrat Walt Maddox. The Republicans kept all statewide offices and won all contested congressional races in Alabama.

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Alabama GOP Still Dominant Despite Challenges from Democrats

Democrats hoped to make inroads in Republican-dominated Alabama during Tuesday's midterm election. They were riding high after electing Doug Jones to the Senate in a special election in December. That enthusiasm did not translate into victory as Republicans maintained all statewide offices and all contested congressional seats.

Alabama’s Sole Congressional Democrat Sees Opportunity in House Victory

Of all the congressional candidates in Alabama Tuesday, only one was guaranteed to win. Democratic Representative Terri Sewell faced no opposition as she reclaimed the seventh district seat. But for the first time in her congressional career, Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives. Rep. Sewell says Democrats will be able work with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Parker Defeats Vance: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Wrap-Up

Justice Tom Parker is Alabama's new Supreme Court Chief Justice after defeating Jefferson County Judge Bob Vance.

Jeffco Voters Elect County’s First African-American Sheriff and District Attorney

Mark Pettway upsets longtime Sheriff Mike Hale and Danny Carr wins Jefferson County District Attorney.

Ivey Wins: Alabama Gubernatorial Race Wrap-Up

Incumbent Kay Ivey takes the official title as first republican female governor of Alabama after winning Wednesday's midterm elections.

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Flyer Aimed at African-American Voters Depicts Trump With Klan Marchers

A campaign mail piece sent primarily to African-American voters features photos of President Donald Trump alongside members of the Ku Klux Klan — and it’s not the first time that the groups listed as the flyer’s sponsors have used the tactic.

Polls Open Under Gray Skies

Voters began going to the polls across the state at 7 a.m., many of them braving threats of rain but not the severe weather that had been predicted.

Severe Weather Update: Polling Places Remain Open Despite School Delays

Some Alabama schools will delay or close school ahead of predicted severe weather beginning Monday night and lasting into early Tuesday morning.

Sample Ballots: Review and Print Your Ballot Before You Go to the Polls

Are you headed to the polls Tuesday? Check out a blank sample ballot for elections in Shelby and Jefferson Counties.

Maddox Defines Himself as Voice of Progress as Election Day Nears

At the end of what many have deemed a Sisyphean campaign, Walt Maddox is making a final appeal to voters. His argument? Think of the future.

Kay Ivey’s Campaign for Governor out of Public Spotlight, in Friendly Terrain

Seen incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey on the campaign trail lately? If you have, you’re one of a small group of Alabamians.

Jeffco Voters to Decide on Homewood’s Ability to Increase Property Taxes

Homewood doesn't want the state legislature to "micro-manage" its property tax rate. Instead, it wants local control. So a referendum on tomorrow's ballot in Jefferson County will let voters decide whether Homewood can hold a vote to increase property taxes to help fund schools. No such vote is planned at this time.

2018 General Election Voter Guide: Alabama Voters Face Nov. 6 Election with Few Statewide Races Predicted as Close

Alabama Democrats are hoping to put at least a small dent in Republicans’ stronghold on all three branches of state government in the Nov 6 general election.

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Local Party Leaders Hope the Midterms Turn Counties Purple

Shelby County is red, Jefferson County is blue. But party leaders hope to nudge the political landscape toward a shade of purple, especially in the local races.

Some Alabama Voters Anxious Ahead of the Midterms

Groups such as the NAACP and the ACLU have closely monitored voting access. But voter roll purges and dozens of closed polling places in recent years have many Alabama voters worried ahead of Tuesday's midterms. They fear they'll encounter problems at the polls.

State Elections Chief Faces Criticism Over Partisanship

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has gotten into some intense partisan Twitter battles recently. Merrill is a Republican and he is running for re-election this Tuesday. Partisanship is to be expected among political candidates. But is it a problem when you are also the state’s top elections official?

Ivey Won’t Debate Maddox. Do Voters Care?

Political debates can be fiery and emotional. They can reveal a lot about a candidate, including how he or she acts under pressure. And they've become an issue in the Alabama governor’s race.

Why Many Alabamians Won’t Vote in the Midterms

Alabamians go the polls Tuesday to vote in midterm elections, but if history is a predictor, most eligible voters will likely sit this election out. Six out of 10 Alabama voters didn’t vote in 2014 when it was time to elect a governor, state lawmakers and other key leaders.

‘Better, Brighter, More Dynamic:’ With Numbers Showing Him Behind Incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey, Walt Maddox Reaches out to Young Voters

Walt Maddox kicked off the final week of his campaign for Alabama governor Monday night with a visit to Auburn University, where he spoke with students about issues pertaining to the state’s college-aged demographic.

Facebook, Twitter, Other Social Media Play Roles in Elections. But Handshakes Remain a Factor Too

Recently, Alabama’s Republican secretary of state, John Merrill, got into a Twitter spat with Mallory Hagan, a Democrat running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, over whether Merrill is suppressing the vote in the state. To have candidates for political office, one of them an incumbent office holder, debate such a contentious issue on Twitter demonstrates how much social media has become a part of the conversations surrounding elections, including the upcoming midterms.

Ten Commandments and Abortion Amendments Could Spur Legal Challenges

Two statewide amendments on the November ballot have already generated debate among legal scholars. One involves the public display of the Ten Commandments. That's the same issue that led to the removal of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench in 2003. The other amendment deals with abortion. Approval of these measures could potentially set the stage for future legal challenges.

Ivey Says Lottery Approval Is up to Legislature, Voters

Gov. Kay Ivey isn’t necessarily a big fan of a new state lottery, but she would not get in the way if the Legislature and Alabama voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to legalize the games.

Ivey Campaign Goes on Offense Against Maddox, Tying Him to Soros-Backed PACs

After playing defense from charges by her opponent that she was avoiding a debate, Gov. Kay Ivey and her re-election campaign have turned the tables and gone on offense.

As Alabama Goes to the Polls, Worries Emerge That Some Are Denied Voting Rights

Since last year, Lorenzo French says he’s helped about 50 people in rural Greene County regain their ability to vote. Many of them were improperly removed from voter rolls because they had a felony conviction, though not the type that should have banned them from voting, French said. Others didn’t have photo identification, a requirement to vote in Alabama since 2014.

Computer Outage at DMVs Presented Obstacles for Some Voters

A statewide DMV computer outage Thursday morning prohibited some residents from updating their driver’s licenses just days ahead of Monday’s voter registration deadline. But it’s unclear how many were affected.