Rundown of the upcoming elections






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Ceri-Lune Renneboog

CityLifestyle Editor

cerilune@uab.edu



Every four years, the midterm elections help shape the future of America by electing its future representatives and lawmakers. 

Much like the general election, takes place every four years and decides the fate of senators, representatives and constitutional amendments in every one of the 50 states. 

This year, poll watchers believe Alabama will have an unusually high turnout due to the issues of religious expression and abortion being challenged on this year’s ballot. 

Four amendments will appear on this year’s midterm ballot. 

Amendment 1 would allow for the displaying and public funding of the ten commandments on public property, while Amendment 2 seeks to ban abortion in the state in all instances, including rape and incest, and prevent the state’s funding of any medical treatments concerned as threatening fetal livelihood. 

Amendment 2 has received increasing coverage in Alabama’s news cycle, with pro-life organizations claiming that groups like Planned Parenthood are over-exaggerating the repercussions of the amendment. Planned Parenthood has replied by insinuating that Alabama is purposefully not advertising the Amendment, its possible legal consequences and its intentions in hopes that the amendment will pass due to its ambiguous wording. 

Matt Fridy, Republican Representative for Alabama, said he proposed Amendment 2 with the intent that the amendment “was to ensure that nothing in the state constitution could be used to argue for a right to abortion in the event that Roe v Wade is overturned,” according to ballotpedia.org. 

In addition to voting on several constitutional initiatives, Alabama will also be voting in its new governor, attorney general, secretary of state, representatives and senators on November 6. 

Joe Siegelman, an alumni from the University of Alabama, is running for Attorney General against incumbent Steve Marshall (R). His values, as proclaimed on his website, are to put “people above politics” in an attempt to bridge the ever-growing gap between the aisles. Siegelman promotes that he will put the people of Alabama first, “ahead of Montgomery politics,” referring to the difficult and scandalous past Alabama and its representatives has. 

In the past few weeks, candidate for Secretary of State John Merrill (R) has come under fire for his comments regarding voting rights in the state, with many deeming his comments as uneducated, out-of-touch and simply wrong.   

Merrill’s opponent, Heather Milam (D), has in turn made the empowering of voters a large part of her campaign platform. Milam said she hopes to expand voter access across the state, according to milamforsecretary.com. 

Kay Ivey’s bid for governor is up for question, with Democrat Walt Maddox hoping to secure her spot after a difficult few years serving in hindsight to former governor Robert Bentley’s public disgrace. 

Another Republican seat will be up for grabs during this year’s midterm. Incumbent of 28 years, Senator Jabo Waggoner is battling Democratic newcomer, Lindsey Deckard. Newcomer Deckard is campaigning to “restore Alabama,” according to deckardforalsenate.com. Deckard said she hopes to improve Alabama’s educational system, as well as its healthcare and welfare systems. 

Voting day is Tuesday, November 6. 

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